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[Editorial] What has Europe ever done for health?

March 25, 2017, marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome—two treaties that gave birth to the European Economic Community (EEC) and to the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM). The treaty establishing the EEC affirmed in its preamble that signatory states were “determined to lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe”. Security, solidarity, and freedom are protected in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (EU). The 1992 Maastricht Treaty placed the health mandate of the EU centre stage and although delivery of health care remains a national competence, EU law governs many areas, such as medicines regulation.

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