The European Commission presented on Thursday (23 November) a report conducted together with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
Reducing the burden of avoidable diseases on healthcare systems is high on the EU executive’s priorities. Spending on prevention accounts for only 3% of national health budgets, compared with 80% on the treatment of diseases, a situation that is clearly unbalanced, according to the Commission.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Andriukaitis stressed the EU Tobacco Product Directive, which entered into force in May 2016, had created a lot of challenges for the tobacco industry.
The revised directive introduced a number of strict measures on packaging. For instance, 65% of a pack’s surface should contain a health warning picture as well as text.