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2013 work plan for the Health Programme is adopted

For each year of the Health Programme 2008-2013 the Commission adopts a specific work plan setting out priorities and actions to be undertaken, including the allocation of financial resources during that particular year.

The work plan for 2013 for the Second Programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-2013) was adopted on 28 November 2012 and published in the Official Journal on 8 December 2012. The call for proposals will be published before the end of the year.

People’s health is a key asset for society and for the economy. A healthy population will play an important role in achieving the Europe 2020 targets for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Amidst the current economic crisis, this work plan will address new challenges in health, whilst also promoting work in more 'traditional' areas, and will pave the way for the new Health for Growth programme beginning in 2014 by bridging action between the current and the future programme.

Priorities for 2013

Main actions:

  • Active and healthy ageing – focus on chronic diseases
  • Effective ways to invest in health – also health workforce
  • Patients' rights and safety
  • Advice and data, particularly on sustainable health systems

Joint actions:

Joint actions are activities carried out by the European Union and one or more Member States or by the EU and the competent authorities of other countries participating in the Health Programme together. The work plan foresees five actions in 2013:

  • Cancer – quality assurance in comprehensive cancer care
  • Chronic diseases – active and healthy ageing
  • Alcohol – work on common priorities in line with the EU alcohol strategy
  • Tissues and cells – good practices on gametes for assisted reproductive technologies and haematopoietic stem cells for transplantation
  • Pharmacovigilance – for the effective operation of the pharmacovigilance system in the EU

The work plan also specifies area which will support the implementation of legislation in the following areas:

  • Safety and quality of tissues, cells and blood
  • Cross-border healthcare
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical devices

The work plan provides EU countries with advice and information to support all their efforts in health in order to help build modern, cost-effective health systems that are sustainable and address the needs and challenges of the future of health in Europe. All actions funded under this work plan aim to generate European added value in supporting Member States’ efforts in areas where national action is not possible or effective.

More Information:

European Commission – Public Health – Work plan – key documents