The EU Cohesion Policy and health

The aim of the EU Cohesion Policy is to reduce economic and social disparities between regions in Europe – largely through the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

Health has increasingly been recognised as an important asset for regional development and competitiveness and is eligible to receive ESIF for invesments under various objectives:

  • European Regional Development Fund – funds health infrastructure and equipment, e-health, research and support to SMEs
  • European Social Fund – funds health activities linked to active and healthy ageing, health promotion and addressing health inequalities, support to the health workforce and strengthening public administration capacities

The principles of ESIF 2014-2020 ensure that funding is used effectively by national and regional authorities and that it responds to an overall policy strategy.

How can you get funding in health from the European Structural and Investments Funds?

The Commission has elaborated a Guide pdf(2 MB)to orient Member States and beneficiaries as to possible health investments under ESIF.

Learn more on the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and identify whether your project idea matches the priorities of the ESIF programmes in your country/region (Partnership Agreements and Operational Programmes).

Read more information on the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds for health Choose translations of the previous link български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

Cooperation with regions in health

Regions play an important role in delivering healthcare to citizens. Therefore the Commission closely cooperates with regions and regional networks at EU level Choose translations of the previous link български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)  to enhance their involvement in the definition of the EU health policy and initiatives, use of structural funds and exchange of good practices on issues of common interest.