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1999 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 200/1



of 8 June 1999

on the future Community action in the field of public health

(1999/C 200/01)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, 8. EMPHASISES that a high level of human health protection is
increasingly important in view of the health challenges the
1. RECALLING the Commission's communication of 15 April Member States and the European Union will face in the
1998 on the development of public health policy in the forthcoming millennium;
European Community which was intended to stimulate a
broad discussion at Community and national levels;

9. CONSIDERS that key challenges include emerging and

2. RECALLING its Conclusions of 26 November 1998 on the
re-emerging threats to health; major health scourges;
future framework for Community action in the field of
genetic, behavioural and environmental determinants of
public health (1) in which general principles were estab-
health; growing health inequalities; quality assurance;
demographic changes and the impact of ageing; social,
economic and political factors; the advances in research
and the application and proliferation of new technologies,
3. TAKING NOTE of the Resolution on 10 March 1999 of the in particular biotechnology;
European Parliament on the communication from the
Commission on the development of health policy in the
European Community;
10. UNDERLINES that the Community should be properly
4. TAKING NOTE of the opinion of the Economic and Social equipped to meet these challenges; this requires both
Committee of 9 September 1998 and of the Committee of developing, specifically within the three strands as
the Regions of 19 November 1998 on the communication indicated in the Council's Conclusions of 26 November
from the Commission on the development of public health 1998, appropriate action and measures of added
policy in the European Community; Community value, as well as appropriate scientific and
administrative structures;

5. TAKING NOTE of the results of the Conference on the new

public health policy of the European Union held at
Potsdam on 27 to 29 January 1999 as a positive 11. STRESSES the importance that the new programme will
contribution to the debate on the development of the encourage and, if necessary, support the cooperation
future Community action in the field of public health; between Member States on appropriate issues on the key
challenges and in other fields where they wish to cooperate
insofar as the public health objectives of the Treaty allow;
6. STRESSES that the future Community action — directed
towards improving public health, preventing human
illness and diseases and obviating sources of danger to
human health — must address in a coordinated an 12. CONSIDERS that over the long term, the effectiveness of
coherent way the concerns of the Community's citizens Community public health action will depend to a very
about risks to their health and their expectations for a large degree on the availability of adequate Community
high level of health; resources to meet priorities and the engagement of
relevant authorities in the Member States on a continuing
7. CONSIDERS it necessary that all health-related activities in
the Community have a high degree of visibility and trans-
parency, in order to promote a better knowledge and thus
enable a larger involvement of citizens; 13. UNDERLINES that existing Community networks should be
evaluated as to whether they are suitable to meet the key
(1) OJ C 390, 15.12.1998, p. 1. challenges;
C 200/2 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 15.7.1999

14. REITERATES that the development of measures in all three balance between the impact of the internal market and the
strands as indicated in the Council's Conclusions of 26 unchanged responsibilities of Member States for the
November 1998, should take into account the needs organisation and delivery of health services and medical
arising from the future enlargement of the European care;
Union and the work of international organisations
competent in the sphere of health;

17. CONSIDERS IT APPROPRIATE that, following the entry into

force of the Treaty of Amsterdam on 1 May 1999, internal
15. UNDERLINES that, in order to strengthen the scientific basis,
organisation, cooperation and working methods at
research must have an essential role in underpinning the
Community level should be reviewed with a view to
Community's future public health action. Public health-
achieving a better coordination of health-related issues so
related research at Community level, in order to be
as to ensure a high level of human health protection in the
relevant for Community public health, has to respond to
definition and implementation of all Community policies
the specific research needs and issues identified by the
and activities;
public health sector whose access to research programmes
should be facilitated;

18. INVITES the Commission, as a matter of urgency and in

16. UNDERLINES the need to establish procedures through order to ensure continuity in the light of the expiration of
which the Community and the Member States can existing programmes, to make a proposal for a decision of
monitor the impact of Community policies and activities, the European Parliament and the Council on a programme
especially those relating to the internal market, on public of action in the field of public health, in time for the next
health and health care, in order to facilitate an adequate Council meeting devoted to health questions.

of 28 June 1999

on measures to address the year 2000 computer problem

(1999/C 200/02)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, Having regard to the Presidency Conclusions of the Vienna
European Council of 11 and 12 December 1998 which urged
Member States to implement timely plans for the protection of
Having regard to the Commission communication of 25 their own infrastructure and to continue to raise awareness
February 1998 entitled ‘The year 2000 computer problem’; across all sectors, focusing in particular on the public sector
and small and medium-sized enterprises, and to examine
closely the implications of the problem of supply-chain
failures outside the European Union, to draw up contingency
Having regard to the Presidency Conclusion of the Cardiff plans to address this, and to exchange information with their
European Council of 15 and 16 June 1998 which recognised counterparts in other Member States;
that problems associated with information technology and
other electronic systems arising from the year 2000 could
have serious cross-border effects, as well as the need for
Member States to share best practice in addressing the RECOGNISING that:
problem and the importance of establishing national
programmes to raise awareness and prescribe action to
minimise possible disruption; — the problem is global in nature;

Having regard to the Commission report to the Vienna — year 2000 compliance can only be ensured by the suppliers
European Council of 11 and 12 December 1998 on ‘How and users of computer-based systems and technical systems
the EU is tackling the year 2000 computer problem’; with embedded electronics;