HEAL’s environmental health priorities for next EU Commission President

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Ahead of a major vote in the European Parliament on the future European Commission President, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) sent its priorities to the candidate for President of the European Commission designated by the Council, the German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.

Ms von der Leyen will present her political guidelines and priorities for the next European Commision to the European Parliament on 16 July. Following this last effort to convince the Parliament that she is the right person for the job, members of the European Parliament will have the power to approve her as President of the European Commission for 2019 until 2024 in a vote.

In a letter HEAL’s Executive Director, Génon K. Jensen, highlights the opportunity to prevent diseases and ill health through ambitious EU policies and frames the co-benefits to health when outlining commitments to building Europe’s sustainable and healthy future. Some examples which illustrate HEAL’s vision of how the EU can protect health through environmental and climate policies include:

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