Treaty Establishing the European Community
as Amended by Subsequent Treaties
ROME, 25 March 1957
- The Community shall contribute towards ensuring a high
level of human health protection by encouraging cooperation between the
Member States and, if necessary, lending support to their action.
Community action shall be directed towards the prevention of diseases, in
particular the major health scourges, including drug dependence, by
promoting research into their causes and their transmission, as well as
health information and education.
Health protection requirements shall form a constituent part of the
Community's other policies.
- Member States shall, in liaison with the Commission, coordinate among
themselves their policies and programmes in the areas referred to in
paragraph 1. The Commission may, in close contact with the Member States,
take any useful initiative to promote such coordination.
- The Community and the Member States shall foster cooperation with
third countries and the competent international organizations in the
sphere of public health.
- In order to contribute to the achievement of the objectives referred
to in this Article, the Council:
- acting in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article
189b, after consulting the Economic and Social Committee and the
Committee of the Regions, shall adopt incentive measures, excluding
any harmonization of the laws and regulations of the Member States;
- acting by a qualified majority on a proposal from the Commission,
shall adopt recommendations.