The EU4Health programme was adopted as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to reinforce crisis preparedness in the EU. The pandemic highlighted the fragility of national health systems. The EU4Health programme will bring a contribution to the long-term health challenges by building stronger, more resilient and more accessible health systems.
Health is an investment and, with a €5.3 billion budget during the 2021-27 period, the EU4Health programme is an unparalleled EU financial support in the health area. EU4Health is a clear message that public health is a priority for the EU and it is one of the main instruments to pave the way to a European Health Union.
Established by Regulation (EU) 2021/522, EU4Health brings an EU added value and complements the policies of the Member States to pursue four general objective representing the ambitions of the programme and ten specific objectives representing the areas of intervention:
Objectives of the EU4Health programme
EU4Health will pave the way to a European Health Union by investing in urgent health priorities:
Other areas, such as health systems’ digitalisation, reducing the number of antimicrobial-resistant infections and improving vaccination rates will also be boosted.
The EU will expand successful initiatives like the European Reference Networks for rare diseases and continue to pursue international cooperation on global health threats and challenges.
EU4Health is implemented by annual Work Programmes supporting a broad range of actions that are clustered under four overarching “strands” with a cross-cutting focus on cancer.
The programme provides funding to eligible entities, health organisations and NGOs from EU countries, or non-EU countries associated to the programme.
A targeted Stakeholders consultation took place from 16/5/2022 to 27/6/2022. A Stakeholders event was organised on 08/07/2022. As a result the following documents were produced:
Many actors are necessary to make EU4Health a reality:
Norway, Iceland, Ukraine and Moldova are associated to the EU4Health Programme.
The association and participation of Norway and Iceland (EFTA countries) to the EU4Health Programme is governed by the Protocol 31 on cooperation in specific fields outside the four freedoms of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (OJ No L 1, 3.1.1994, p. 3).
The European Commission signed an association agreement with Ukrainian and Moldovan authorities that will open access to EU funding for both countries.