The EU's new Health Programme aims to build on the achievements of the previous EU Health Programme and better enable health to contribute to economic growth and the Europe 2020 objectives.
It has four main objectives:
- Promote health, prevent disease and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles
- Protect citizens from serious cross-border health threats
- Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems
- Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for EU citizens
It has an increased budget of €449.4m.
Objective 3 will be particularly significant for the NHS, as it will fund actions to increase the uptake of innovation in healthcare through HTA and eHealth, as well as funding expertise on healthcare reforms and support to the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. It will also cover forecasting demand for health professionals in Member States.
The programme is due to start at the beginning of 2014 and run until the end of 2020. A European Commission presentation providing an overview on the 2014-2020 Health Programme is now available for download.
EU Health Programme: selected projects is a European Commission publication which gathers information on 27 projects which were funded under the EU's Health Programme and cover a wide range of health themes, from health information to health security, including topics such as alcohol commercials, fighting obesity, AIDS and organ donation.
The Health Programme will also continue to provide financial support for Joint Actions.
Joint actions are activities carried out by the EU and one or more Member States or by the EU and the competent authorities of other countries participating in the Health Programme together. They focus on the greatest cross-border public health needs.
EU support for key public health initiatives presents a detailed overview of all 20 Joint Actions funded on different key health challenges between 2008-11, focussing on their results, outputs and impact on national health policies within the EU.
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