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 an increased budget of €449.4m for the seven year period. 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
2018 work plan
The European Commission has adopted its HealthWork Programme for 2018 setting out the priorities and actions to be undertaken during next year. The total budget will be over €62 million.
The 2018 Work Programme will focus on:
- support to the European Reference Networks for rare and complex diseases
- the promotion of health and prevention of non-communicable diseases
- strengthening preparedness and response to serious cross-border health threats
- and the implementation of EU legislation on medical devices.
In July 2017, the European Commission launched a new online database providing information on projects funded by the EU Health Programme. Access the database.
National Focal Point
The NHS European Office is the UK’s National Focal Point for the EU Health Programme.
The Health Programme will also continue to provide financial support for Joint Actions.
Joint actions are activities carried out by the EU and 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.