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EU4Health for a healthier and safer EU


Drawing conclusions from the current COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission presented an ambitious, self-standing health programme in May 2020, called EU4Health. It aims to demonstrate a higher priority to health and to help health systems get prepared to cope with epidemics and other unforeseeable health threats. With a budget of €9.4billion for the period 2021-2017, EU4Health will be the largest European health programme ever.

Embedded in the ‘One health’ approach, which recognises the interconnection between human health and animal health and more broadly with the environment, the EU4Health Programme can support Member States in the transition to better preparedness and the reinforcement of their health systems and support them in achieving the health-related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This programme is of particular importance to the EIP on AHA Reference Sites who have directly suffered the consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. This call provides a great opportunity to help prepare European regions and territories to be better prepared for similar crisis situations in the future.

Beyond the required level of preparedness and response, the programme will deal with a number of other challenges as well in the areas of health security and health systems. These are:

  • health inequalities among population groups, countries and regions,
  • non-communicable diseases, including cancer, mental health, rare diseases,
  • uneven distribution of health care systems capacity, including professionals,
  • obstacles to wide uptake and scale-up of digital innovations

Complementary to and in synergy with the EU4Health Programme other programmes may provide support for health policy actions. These are:

  • Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM/rescEU) for direct response capacities,
  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for infrastructures, modernisation of the public and private healthcare sectors, and (inter)regional cooperation networks,
  • European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) for skills development and improved access to health and care for people with vulnerable socio-economic back-ground and long-term care,
  • Recovery and Resilience Facility for growth potential and economic resilience,
  • Horizon Europe for health research and innovation,
  • Digital Europe Programme for deployment of digital infrastructure and digital transformation,
  • Connecting Europe Facility Programme 2 Digital (CEF Digital) for building highly resilient Gigabit networks.

​​​​​​​Call for proposals under the new EU4Health programme will be published of 2021. Eligible entities will be EU countries, healthcare providers and NGOs.

Related action groups: 
A1 Adherence to prescription, A2 Falls prevention, A3 Lifespan Health Promotion & Prevention of Age Related Frailty and Disease, B3 Integrated care, C2 Independent living solutions, D4 Age friendly environments
Relevance to partnership: 
Active ageing and independent living, Care and cure, Horizontal issues and framework conditions, Prevention, screening and early diagnosis