This paper examines the values debate in the realm of health and its applications to policy-making in Europe. It discusses the issue of health as a value in itself, as well as other values like equity, dignity, solidarity and diversity that are relevant to the European context. The paper continues by analysing the values common to the public health and health policy arenas as well as some of the applications for governance, including health targeting and evidence. It discusses participation and accountability as values, followed by questions for future debate and dialogue on this vast topic. Its key intention is to help initiate a systematic debate on european values in health.