The EU is required by its founding treaty to ensure that human health is protected as part of all its policies, and to work with the EU countries to improve public health, prevent human illness and eliminate sources of danger to physical and mental health.
EU health programme
The current EU health programme funds projects and actions from 2008 to 2013. The annual objectives are shared with those of the Europe 2020 Strategy : investing in health and addressing the issue of the ageing society are priorities. Criteria for funding actions under the programme are set out each year in a workplan, followed by calls for proposals for projects, operating grants, conferences and joint actions. Interested parties can submit an application.
After thorough examination of applications, the Commission selects projects to be funded. Awarding decisions are subsequently published on its Website.
The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) assists the Commission in implementing the programme.
- Annual work plans, calls for proposals and awarding decisions
- Projects Database
- Annual Reports , 2009, 2010, 2011
- High level conference - EU Health Programmes: results and perspectives (3 May 2012): success stories of 10 years of Health Programmes
Proposal for a third Health Programme (2014-2020)
- State of play (last update: 13/11/2013)
On 9 November 2011, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal for the 3rd multi-annual programme (2014-2020) . The new programme will help EU countries respond to economic and demographic challenges facing their health systems and enable citizens to stay healthy for longer.