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EACEA National Policies Platform


7. Health and Well-Being

7.8 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 7 January 2021
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  1. Forthcoming policy developments
  2. Ongoing debates

Forthcoming policy developments

The third youth report, which will be published in 2020, will focus on health and well-being of young people. This youth report serves as an important evidence base for the development of youth policy, so that health and well-being will certainly become important issues of youth policy in the following period. The report will also address the COVID-19 pandemic and identifies the social, economic, and health consequences of the measures introduced in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on the situation of young people. In July 2018 a draft law on the establishment of a national observatory on health (Observatoire national de la Santé) was presented to the parliament. The draft law defines three main tasks of the national observatory on health:

  1. Evaluation: the observatory evaluates the health status of the population in terms of morbidity and mortality, risk behaviour and determinants of health and the quality and efficiency of the health system and the identification of health inequalities
  2. Recommendation: the observatory suggests priorities of public health to the minister in order to improve the health status of the population or the health system
  3. Dissemination: the observatory publishes and disseminates information on the health status of the population and the health system.

AnchorOngoing debates

A recommendation report on the setup of a national strategy on mental health for children and young people was published in 2010. It defines future needs and challenges for a youth-centred mental health policy (CRP-Santé & MS, 2010). The strategy has not been adopted yet, and the different recommendations presented in the report are still under discussion.

The mental health reform (réforme de la psychiatrie et politique de santé mentale) is in its phase of implementation. This reform aims at a decentralisation of services, at the readjustment of pathways to services and at the improvement of the quality of services.

The government programme 2018-2023 calls for the depenalisation of the use of recreational cannabis. Currently, the draft law is in preparation and undergoing public debate.