EC to doubles health/consumer protection budget:
This article was originally published in Clinica
If member states give their approval, the European Commission will increase its health and consumer protection budget for 2007-2013 to E1.8bn ($2.3bn), up by 187% on the current 2003-2008 programme. The huge hike will make possible the achievement of a number of key aims, including: supporting co-operation between member state consumer protection authorities to keep dangerous products off the EU's internal market; helping to finance centres of excellence on key health systems; strengthening Europe's surveillance and early warning systems against infectious diseases; and supporting information campaigns to help address some of the main health problems faced by the EU. The Commission also plans to increase the research budget by 166%. Approval of the budgets is due by June.
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