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Public Health (29-02-2016)

Health Programme 2014-2020: Commission adopts Work Programme for 2016

In the context of the EU’s Health Programme 2014-2020, the Commission has today adopted the Work Programme for 2016. The funding opportunities include projects and service contracts, as well as Joint Actions planned with national authorities, in priority areas such as:

  • Health of refugees and other migrants;
  • Tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and healthcare associated infections;
  • Support to EU countries to respond quickly and efficiently to health crises (e.g. the Zika virus, pandemics…);
  • Supporting the establishment of European Reference Networks, and cooperation on eHealth and Health Technology Assessment (HTA);
  • Action on chronic diseases, and risk factors such as alcohol and tobacco; and
  • Preventing communicable diseases such as HIV-AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis

In addition, a number of direct grants will be given, for example to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies to promote international cooperation on country specific information on public health and health systems for the 28 EU countries. Furthermore, framework partnership agreements concluded with 14 NGOs in 2014 will be continued, and the holders invited to present their work programmes for 2017.

The overall total amount of EU funding available in 2016 covering grants and tenders is nearly €58 million. All grants for projects will be implemented through a call for proposals, organised and managed by the Consumer, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) which will be launched in March 2016.

Calls for tenders for specific services described in the 2016 Work Programme will be announced on Chafea’s website at a later date.

For more information on the Health Programme, and to read the 2016 Work Programme in full, see:


With a total budget of close to € 450 million for 2014-2020, the Health Programme is the main financial instrument for policy coordination in the area of health and supports and complements Member States' efforts towards the achievement of major Commission priorities. This is done by pursuing the following four specific objectives:

Objective 1: Promote health, prevent diseases, and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles.

Objective 2: Protect citizens from serious cross-border health threats by identifying and developing coherent approaches and promoting their implementation for better preparedness and coordination in health emergencies.

Objective 3: Support public health capacity building and contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems.

Objective 4: Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for EU citizens, by increasing access to medical expertise and information for specific conditions, also beyond national borders.