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International tasks

The Ministry of Health is responsible for a number of tasks in the international sphere, many of which are linked to participation in the work of international organisations.

The EU
EU co-operation in the sphere of health focuses on efforts with respect to public health (Article 152 of the Treaty on European Union) as well as the regulation of trade in, among other things, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment within the EU. Furthermore, within the framework of the EU, work is in progress on coordinating social security benefits in the area of health in the Member States and on ensuring the free movement of health care personnel in the EU.

The Council of Europe
With respect to health, the Ministry takes part in two committees: the European Health Committee and the Steering Committee on Bioethics. The Committees draw up recommendations and binding agreements in the form of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine as well as Additional Protocols.

The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council
The Nordic Council of Ministers is the five Nordic Governments’ forum of co-operation. It involves almost all ministerial policy areas, including social and health policy. In every field, annual Council of Ministers meetings take place. At the level of officials, the Ministry participates in preparing matters for the meetings of the Council of Ministers. At the meetings, decisions are taken on the priorities, plans, budgets and development projects of the Council of Ministers, including the distribution of allocations for the Nordic institutions. The Secretariat of the Nordic Council of Ministers, which is situated in , is in charge of day-to-day management in the area. Local government is not organised in any ministerial council, but the Nordic Ministers responsible for local government hold annual meetings. Furthermore, the Ministry prepares the Minister’s participation in the annual sessions of the Nordic Council.

A total of 193 countries are members of the WHO, which is a special agency under the UN. The WHO headquarters is situated in . At the annual World Health Assembly, the Member States decide the policy of the organisation, which is targeted at combating the most serious global diseases: malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, cancer etc. The WHO has six regions, each with its own headquarters. The headquarters of the European region is located in . Every region holds annual regional committee meetings where the policy of the regions is decided. The Ministry participates in the World Health Assembly, meetings of the regional committees and other relevant meetings: Executive Board meetings, working group meetings, meetings of teams of experts etc.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention co-operates closely with the OECD in the economic-statistics sphere. Co-operation takes place in two areas. Health-economics data are reported to the OECD health database. Focus is in particular on comparable statistics regarding the health care expenditure in OECD countries. In addition, the Ministry participates actively in the OECD’s three-year Health Project that comprises the collection of data and analyses with respect to a number of key health-economics problems. These include organisational and financial reforms, expenditure forecasts, efficiency analyses, the labour market for health care personnel as well as analyses of the problem of waiting lists.

Sidst opdateret 20-02-2017


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