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SOCIALIST MEP: SZOMBATHELY BACKS EUROPEAN HEALTH UNION PLAN

 

The city of Szombathely, in western Hungary, is among the first localities to back the European Commission’s plan to create a European Health Union, Socialist Party MEP István Ujhelyi said. Ujhelyi said the European Union’s next multiannual budget allocates more than 5 billion euros towards health-care programmes, most of which he said should be spent directly on local council schemes. The European Health Union should also cover the development of the health industry, he said, adding that Szombathely was poised to be a leader in this field in the coming period. Mihály Kökény, Hungary’s former health minister, who heads the country’s research on the European Health Union plan, praised Szombathely’s health-care model, saying it would be “exemplary” when it comes to implementing the EU scheme.