EU's Participation in the WHO and FCTC: A Good Case for 'EU as a Global Actor?'
Asian Journal of WTO and International Health Law and Policy, 5(2): 467-496
30 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2013 Last revised: 27 Mar 2013
Date Written: December 1, 2010
This article examines the participation of the EU in the WHO and FCTC, from the negotiating history to the implementation measures, with the aim to exploring the effectiveness of the EU to act as a global health actor and to locating its role in the multilevel health governance. This article argues that policy coherence, in particular between trade policies and heath policies, is essential for the Union to reinforce its role as a global actor. The EU also has to ensure the consistency of its position with those of member states. I argue that the congruence of the EU and Germany during the FCTC negotiating processes and legal challenges by the Germany in the ECJ expose the weaknesses of the EU's ambition to act as a global actor in heath policy.
Keywords: EU as a Global Actor, FCTC, IHR, Tobacco Advertising Directive, Multilevel Health Governance, EU
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