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CPME welcomes the draft proposal of the Convention on a Constitution for Europe however has major worries regarding the place of Health and healthcare in the proposal as presented.

The Union has an important role to play in helping to address health challenges domestically and internationally. A reinforced European activity on public health is required, however, it should fully respect the responsibility and capacity of EU member States to organize and manage their healthcare systems.

Specifically IGC members are urged to endorse the following recommendations:

– inclusion of a “high level of health; efficient and high quality health and social services and services of general interest” in article 3 on the EU objectives

– Strengthening and enlarging the EU competence in public health (Article III–179 (ex Article 152)) with public health being kept as a shared competence

CPME is a membership driven association with members from the EU, EFTA, incoming countries and the wider Europe. The CPME represents 1,6 million doctors within the EU/EEC and over 2 million in an enlarged EU. CPME’s aim is to promote the highest standards for public health and medical practice at the EU level.

For more information, contact:

President, Dr Rainer BRETTENTHALER: Mobile: +43 664 38 20 144

Secretary General, Lisette TIDDENS-ENGWIRDA: Mobile: +32 477 29 37 54

CPME Secretariat: Tel.: +32 2 732 72 02

Fax: +32 2 732 73 44

e-mail: cpme@euronet.be

* CPME 2003/076 Final

For more information about CPME, consult our website (http://www.cpme.be).