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Public Health (10-10-2007)

Council approves EU Health Programme for 2008-2013

The Council adopted today a Decision establishing the Second Programme of Community Action in the Field of Health for the period 2008-2013. Building on the Public Health Programme 2003-2008, the new Programme sets the framework for funding European projects and other actions related to health for 2008-2013.
The Programme's objectives are: to improve citizens' health security; to promote health, including the reduction of health inequalities and to generate and disseminate health information and knowledge.
The new Programme will come into force on 1 January 2008. The budget for the Programme is €321.5 million.
Cross-European actions, which support developments at European level in the field of health, are eligible for funding under the new programme. To ensure participation by organisations, which promote a health agenda in line with the Programme objectives, a wide variety of financing mechanisms are offered. These include co-financing and tendering actions, operational grants, and joint financing with Member States and with other Community programmes.
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