Health and structural funds

Cooperation with Member States

The Commission DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE) works with Member States to enhance their capacities in the management of funds in the health sector.

Member States have full competence in healthcare delivery and they decide, define and implement health sector investments. For the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) , Member States coordinate the scope and modalities of funding with the European Commission. Member States are then responsible for implementation of the investments at national level.

Find examples of projects using structural funds for health by Member State and region (select the theme ‘health’).

Member States’ dialogue

The Commission supports Member States’ dialogue on how to best invest in health.

Within a Reflection Process on Health Systems (2012-2013), a working group of Member States exchanged experiences and defined common “success factors in the effective use of structural funds for health”.

The group produced a Toolbox intended for health authorities managing or advising on the implementation of these funds.

The Toolbox presents policy principles and concrete recommendations for effective planning, design, management and evaluation of funding in health.

Technical support

The action “Effective use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for health investments”, under the Health Programme, followed up on the above mentioned dialogue.

The action (2014-2015) has mapped the ESIF 2014-2020 funding in health as planned by Member States and has provided elaborated guidance to health authorities for successful investment:

  • The Mapping on the use of ESIF in health contains an analysis of funding in health across the 28 EU Member States and in individual country fiches.
  • Guide advises on how to efficiently approach health investment planning and implementation.
  • A Technical and Managerial Toolkit covers the 2014-2020 ESIF instruments and mechanisms, appraisal of investment, calls for proposals, indicators, and new healthcare concepts and models.

Twelve national workshops and two macro-regional workshops were held, enabling discussion among Member States on aspects of common interest on ESIF and health.

The action was implemented by EY Prague and steered by the Commission, under a contract managed by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA).