Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy
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Research Handbook on EU Health Law and Policy

Edited by Tamara K. Hervey, Calum A. Young and Louise E. Bishop

The steady expansion of the European Union’s involvement in health over the past 20 years has been accelerated by recent events. This handbook offers an up-to-date analytical overview of the most important topics in EU health law and policy. It outlines, as far as possible, the direction of travel for each topic and suggests research agenda(s) for the future.
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Chapter 2: Governing EU health law and policy – on governance and legislative politics

Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen


The Patients’ Rights Directive had a negligible impact on patient mobility. However, the law-making process behind the Directive, as analysed by Dorte Sjindberg Martinsen, provides a perfect case study to show how institutional structures and political preferences and processes enable and constrain EU law and policymaking in health fields. The ways in which different stakeholders were able to access and condition the law-making process gives important insights into the past and future of EU health law and policymaking. While traditionally, research has been focused on the European Commission and especially on the Court of Justice of the EU, the role of the Council and European Parliament should not be ignored.

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