Countries need to establish intersectoral mechanisms that will allow them to build a common understanding and a common language of environment and health issues among the sectors.
Recommendation A from the European Environment and Health Committee, in their paper, Economic Perspectives on Environment and Health (June 1999), states: European Member States should strengthen the skills of their environment and health authorities in economics, so that they can more successfully ensure that environment and health considerations are taken into account.
Recommendation B from the European Environment and Health Committee, in their paper, Economic Perspectives on Environment and Health (June 1999), states: European Member States are recommended to ensure that intersectoral debates take place between the economic sectors and ministerial departments about the sectoral policies that have an impact on the environment and health. These debates should help to build a common understanding of the issues at stake. In particular, strategic scenarios should be developed using economic analysis and describing possible health impacts.
(2) The barrier to intersectoral cooperation and understanding is that the different partners often have potentially conflicting interests. In many countries, this has often led to political choices being made by arbitration rather than negotiation. This has often been to the disadvantage of environment and health status, which is not sustainable in the long run.