The European Union as a Global Health Actor by Thea Emmerling

The European Union as a Global Health Actor

byThea Emmerling, Ilona Kickbusch, Michaela Told

Kobo ebook | August 10, 2016

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This book provides a systematic collection of EU actors, EU policy and EU actions in global health. It answers key questions on governance of the EU and its policy processes. The book starts with an introduction to the EU as a global actor and continues to outline the historical development and the Treaty basis for health, including the Maastricht and Lisbon Treaties. It also discusses the Commission's global health communication and the subsequent Council Conclusions on global health. Both documents define EU values in global health and identify the future priorities for global health action in the EU. Four of the five priorities are then described from the perspective of a different country experience. The book also considers the opportunities for research and provides an overview of the political, legal and financial instruments available to the EU. It also explores the global health architecture and processes within which the EU is acting, namely at the WHO, in the different multilateral organizations, and in global public health international treaties and regulations. Finally, the book addresses the importance of policy coherence at a national level and provides critical viewpoint on the EU as a global health actor.

The book will assist practitioners working in policy making and international negotiations affecting health, as well as students and researchers, to create a better understanding of the European Union, its role in global health, and the uniqueness and specificity of the EU as a global health actor. It provides an overview of how the EU can act in global health and outlines the intersections of health and other sectors, as well as the instruments available to the EU to act effectively at a global level. The collection of contributions in this form and from this health policy perspective are not yet found elsewhere on the market.


  • The EU as a Global Actor (Knud-Erik Jørgensen and Yonatan Schvartzman)
  • The Development of EU Health Policy: Treaty Basis, Health Acquis and History (Thea Emmerling and Andrzej Rys)
  • Why and How Did the EU Set a Policy in Global Health? (Canice Nolan and Juan Garay)
  • Trade and Health: A Healthy Relationship? The Place of Trade Policy in the EU's Global Health Agenda (Tomas Baert)
  • EU Global Health Priorities: Migration and Mobility (Davide Mosca and Caroline Schultz)
  • EU Global Health Priorities: Climate Change (Annika Herbel and Arne Niemann)
  • Research, Development and Innovation for Global Health (Stephen A Matlin and Samantha Battams)
  • Humanitarian Aid, the Global Health Communication and the Council Conclusions on the EU Role in Global Health (Jorge Castila)
  • The Consideration of Health in EU Financial Programmes (Von Thea Emmerling)
  • Law and the EU Role in Global Health Strategies: The Case of the FCTC (Lourdes Chamorro)
  • The EU's Role in the International Health Regulations and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Agreement (Didier Houssin)
  • The EU Voice in the UN System Related to Health and Other Health Actors (Lourdes Chamorro)
  • Germany's Role in Promoting Systems of Solidarity in Healthcare (Jean-Olivier Schmidt)
  • The Civil Society Perspective on the EU's Role in Global Health (Remco van de Pas and Nicoletta Dentico)
  • The European Union as a Global Health Actor: A Critical View (Samantha Battams and Louise van Schaik)

Readership: Suitable for university courses in development, health, international relations, and politics. Graduate students in global health masters and PhD programs. Students doing short courses in health diplomacy. Professionals wanting to learn more about global health in the EU.
Key Features:

  • International relations and policy perspective on health
  • Ilona Kickbusch as an expert and pioneer in the field of global health and Thea Emmerling as an insider to the EU system and its functioning for health
  • Collection of contributions highlighting the role of the EU as an actor at global level
Title:The European Union as a Global Health ActorFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 10, 2016Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9814704563

ISBN - 13:9789814704564