E&H Process in the EU

The environment and health process at international level

The strategic cooperation on environment and health (E&H) between the European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) Europe is a very important process that brings together players from all over Europe.
The latest milestone in the European E&H process was the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, which was held in Parma in 2010. The conference theme was “Protecting children’s health in a changing environment”. A key result of the conference was the signing of the Parma Declaration on Environment and Health by member states of WHO Europe. The declaration addresses key environment and health challenges through the implementation of the Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE, published in 2004 and reviewed in 2010 with definite targets over the coming five to 10 years).

The regional priority goals (RPGs) in the Budapest/Parma Declarations on Environment and Health

  RPG1 Ensuring public health by improving access to safe water and sanitation.
  RPG2 Addressing obesity and injuries through safe environments, physical activity and healthy diet.
  RPG3 Preventing disease through improved outdoor and indoor air quality.
  RPG4 Preventing disease arising from chemical, biological and physical environments.


A significant achievement within the European E&H process was the adoption by the European Commission of the EU Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010. The action plan is the first step in the implementation of the European Environment and Health Strategy, setting out 13 key actions for the period until 2010, including improvement in IAQ.