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Health-EU newsletter 248 - Focus

What the Health Programme will bring to you

Véronique Wasbauer, Director of the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA), which manages the Health Programme for the European Commission, explains what are the key actions of 2020 work plan and what the Health Programme does for EU citizens.

First of all, what is the Health Programme?

The Health Programme supports EU policies in the area of public health: it provides financial support to EU-wide projects to improve public health, prevent illness and eliminate threats to physical and mental health in European countries. It also supports the implementation of EU legislation in the field of serious cross-border threats to health, tobacco control, cross-border health care, substances of human origin. To date, the programme has funded 976 projects and actions, working together with 7387 organisations across Europe. The current Health Programme is the third one, running from 2014 to-2020.

And what is an annual work plan?

To put it very simply, the annual work plan outlines the actions Chafea will implement during the year and sets aside the necessary budget to carry them out, in line with the priorities set by the Commission.

What is noteworthy about the 2020 work programme?

2020 is the last year of the third Health Programme. The work plan will continue to focus on the following four objectives:

  • Promoting heath, preventing diseases and fostering supportive environments for healthy lifestyles,
  • Protecting Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats,
  • Contributing to innovate, efficient and sustainable health systems,
  • Facilitating access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens.

A total of 65.36 million euros has been earmarked for 2020, including 37.15 million euros for co-financing activities through grants for projects conducted by health stakeholders, academia, policy makers, international or non-government organisations, through networks (such as the European references network on rare diseases) and through joint cooperation among national authorities of the EU countries.

Main actions are in the areas of mental health, increasing vaccination coverage, supporting reforms in the health workforce field, pharmaceutical innovation and access to medicines, tobacco control, health technology joint clinical assessment, medical devices and rare diseases.

What does that mean to the average citizen?

The Health Programme is designed to disseminate best practices across the EU countries and bring validated knowledge and expertise to the people who most need it. The actions that it funds meet strict criteria and must have potential for being successfully transferred from one country to another. They have to be making a real difference in people’s lives.

To have a better understanding of our work, take a look at the brochure we recently published on the Health Programme’s success stories. There, you’ll appreciate the range of projects and the many ways that they are helping both the general public and populations with specific needs.

What’s next?

Chafea is going to launch soon the calls for proposals and for tenders. Take a look, at our dedicated webpage for EU funding opportunities, where we continually update information concerning calls for tender, operational grants, projects and joint actions. Take a look also at Chafea database of projects, and other recent activities to disseminate the results of the Programme, notably the high level Conference. I hope you will enjoy the reading and watching the dedicated video.

Activities at EU level

EU Health Programme

European Commission – Health and Food Safety

EU Health Programme

Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency


Workshop on health promotion and disease prevention in health and educational settings, Luxembourg, 13 February 2020

The workshop, aimed at National health ministries and public health institutions, envisages to support the cooperation and exchange of information between key stakeholders in order to increase awareness on the importance of health promotion and disease prevention.

Keep posted on the latest EU funding opportunities

Calls for tender, operating grants, projects and joint actions are posted on the dedicated Chafea webpage. Check it out regularly to avoid missing out

Health for the EU: success stories brochure

These success stories are just a selection of the hundreds of projects and actions that were made possible through the third EU Health Programme. This booklet was prepared for the EU Health Programme Conference held on 30 September 2019.

30 September 2019, EU Health Programme High Level Conference in Brussels

More than 350 participants attended this conference, organised by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, with the support of the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety.

Who does what? Infographic shows the collaboration behind the Health Programme

This infographic shows how CHAFEA, the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety and the National Focal Points help meet the Health Programme’s objectives.

EU Health Award 2020 will focus on vaccination and health lifestyles

The EU Health Award is funded through the Health Programme and is an excellent way of encouraging cities, communities and schools to actively contribute to public health and to reward them for their efforts.

Health Programme Projects

Health Programme database

To date, approximately 976 projects and actions, in conjunction with 7387 organisations across Europe, have been funded by the three EU health programmes. This database provides information on the nature of projects and their results.

Other interesting links