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Frequently Asked Questions: Health Programme Call 2013

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    • How are the responsibilities between EAHC and DG SANCO divided?
      The DG SANCO is responsible for the health policy of the European Union. The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) is entrusted by the European Commission to implement the Health Programme.

      Can the EAHC be asked for legal action against the health policy at European or national level?
      No, the EAHC has no legal basis to initiate legal actions against the health policy of Member States (or either the Commission). The main task of EAHC is to implement EU programmes (including the second Health Programme 2007-13) but does not have any competence to act in case of questions relating to the health policy. The competence of the European Union in the area of public health is defined in Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union: the health policy of the Member States belongs to their national competence and therefore the actions of the EU shall complement them.

      Does the EAHC support national projects?
      The EAHC only awards grants for projects with a European dimension. The transnational character of the proposed actions, covering the EU/EEA Member States and Croatia is a main criterion for this. To receive funds which focus on the national level, please check the funding opportunities under the Structural Funds which are allocated by the Member States to regional and local level.

      Does the EAHC offer Trainee- or Internships?
      The EAHC offers Traineeships through the official Traineeship programme of the European Commission (Blue-Book). Please visit for more information

      Which countries can participate in the Call for proposals?
      In addition to the 27 Member States of the European Union, the call is also open to the EFTA/EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) on the basis of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Eligible entities from these countries can receive funding from the second Health Programme.
      Other third countries, in particular the European Neighbourhood Policy countries, countries that are applying for, are candidates for or are acceding to membership of the European Union, and the western Balkan countries included in the stabilisation and association process, may participate in the Health Programme provided that the necessary agreements are in place. Of these countries, Croatia has concluded these arrangements and participates in the Programme. Therefore, eligible entities from Croatia can receive funding from the second Health Programme.
      Finally, collaboration with the above third countries not participating in the Programme should be facilitated. This should not involve funding from the Programme. Nevertheless, travel and subsistence expenses for experts invited from or travelling to such countries can be considered eligible costs in duly justified, exceptional cases, where this directly contributes to the objectives of the Programme.

      What does "European added value" mean?
      European added value refers to the European dimension of the problem and of the project. Projects funded within the EU Health Programme are expected to contribute to solving problems at the European level, and the expected impact of co-ordinating the work at European level should be greater than the sum of the impacts of national activities. The EU added value of proposals for projects and other funding mechanisms will be assessed by looking at their relation to the existing EU policies in the field of public health and in other policy fields, and by checking whether they do not duplicate actions that can be taken at Member State level. The proposal therefore should have a precise technical dimension, which is then reflected in an appropriate geographical context: countries involved need to bring in specific competencies or target groups or both.

      Seven important ways to add "EU value" to an action are the following:
      • Implementing EU legislation with the objective to ensure that legislation is correctly implemented
      • Economies of scale with the objective to save money and to provide better service to citizens;
      • Promotion of best practice with the objective to grant to all citizens the benefit from state of the art best practice and to ensure capacity building where necessary;
      • Benchmarking for decision making with the objective to facilitate evidence based decision making, focusing on real time data available for comparison and on indicators with a real impact on decision making;
      • Cross border threats with the objective to reduce risks and mitigate consequences of health threats;
      • Free movement of persons with the objective to ensure high quality Public Health across EU Member States taking into account patients crossing borders, migration issues and Brain drain - movement of workers across Europe;
      • Networking activities that are a side effect of all other actions.

      What kind of funding is relevant for universities?
      Universities can apply for project grants and can participate in calls for tenders. Moreover, universities can also be awarded grants for conferences if they are considered public or non-profit making bodies under the law of the Member State where they are established, or for operating grants e.g. as a leader of a specialized network in case they fulfil the criteria in Annex VI of the work plan 2013.

      Are there Helpdesks in the individual MS where you can get information on the Call?
      Yes, in a few countries there are. Please ask your National Focal Point about the situation in your country.


    • Will be available after the launch of the 2014 calls for proposals.