New ways of defining economic and societal goals are emerging. The old GDP-centric model is giving way to approaches that place human and environmental well-being at the heart of government policy. The Sustainable Development Goals are a crucial example of this, as is the growing emphasis on the need to ensure ‘inclusive growth’ and reduced inequalities. If the EU is to respond to the needs and concerns of its citizens, it is vital that the new European institutions should embrace the paradigm shift. Citizens’ well-being must be at the centre of EU policies.
Whilst health is too often interpreted narrowly at European level – as meaning the treatment and care of people with chronic diseases or other health conditions – All Policies for a Healthy Europe champions a broader vision. We have two key recommendations:
- Support cross-sectoral and inter-sectoral action within health and well-being ‘clusters’;
- Create governance mechanisms that facilitate inter-sectoral action and multi-level cooperation on health and well-being.
All Policies for a Healthy Europe proposes three main clusters within which the major determinants of health and well-being would be addressed: An Economy that works for people; the European Green Deal; and a Europe fit for the Digital Age, underpinned by Promoting the European Way of Life.