WHO Representation to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium
The WHO Representation to the European Union (EU) facilitates the relations with the EU and its institutions. The WHO office in Brussels works primarily with all three EU decision-makers, the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission, to help further to advance and enrich the collaboration between the organizations.
Furthermore, the WHO Representation Office to the EU also builds and strengthens alliances for health with a diverse group of Brussels-based stakeholders involved in health and health-related issues - professional associations, civil society, media, countries representations and the private sector.
The WHO Representation to the EU is led by WHO/Europe, but its work mandate is global. In 2011, the WHO Regional Director for Europe was given the responsibility to lead relations with the EU and its institutions for all of WHO.
The role of the WHO office in Brussels is to further foster and improve these partnerships by means of:
- Observing the EU health agenda – monitoring, analyzing and interpreting health-related developments in the EU context;
- Disseminating information exchange between WHO and the various EU and EU-related partners;
- Supporting the European Commission and other EU institution on health matters, promoting a Health in All Policies approach;
- Facilitating contacts and strengthening links between, on the one hand, the EU actors and Brussels-based stakeholders, and all WHO offices and programmes (country-based or technical), on the other;
- Support the establishment or updating of formal agreements for cooperation between the EC and various parts of WHO; and
- Communication and advocacy, including a proactive yet accurately targeted and tailored WHO involvement in the Brussels EU health debate.
Ms Leen Meulenbergs
WHO Representative to the EU
Ms Ine Mortelmans