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What Opportunities and Challenges Does the EU Global Health Strategy Present?

This document analyses the European Commission proposal.


[This document is one of a series of discussion notes addressing fundamental questions about global health. Its purpose is to transfer scientific knowledge into the public conversation and the decision-making process. These documents are based on the best information available and may be updated as new information comes to light].


On 30 November, the European Commission published the EU Global Health Strategy, which calls for the European Union (EU) as a whole to tackle global health challenges in a coordinated manner, deepening its leadership in a constantly changing and evolving international context.

This ISGlobal paper, written by Virginia Rodríguez, Alberto Rocamora and Antoni Plasència, analyses the proposal, focusing on three aspects: the role of science and research; the implications for international development associations; and the different levels of coordination required to implement the strategy.

It then identifies the main challenges of the proposal that will need to be tackled in forthcoming months and concludes with a number of recommendations to guide action in Spain.

The Presidency of the Council of the EU, which will correspond to Spain in the second half of 2023, provides an opportunity to boost key aspects of our country's commitment to global health.