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Council of the EU sets out negotiating position on EU4Health programme

Wednesday 21 October 2020

The Council of the European Union has agreed its mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament on the EU4Health programme (2021-2027). In line with the outcome of the European Council meeting across the summer, a reduced budget of EUR 1.7 billion (2018 prices) has been proposed. The Council points out that this budget is four times the size of the current Health programme for 2014-2020. The EU4Health programme aims to complement the national policies of the member states and to promote coordination between them in order to improve health in relation to:

  • Serious cross-border threats to health
  • Improving availability of health products and crisis products
  • Strengthening the resilience and sustainability of health systems
  • Increasing the use of digital tools and services related to health
  • Strengthening the role of the European Union in global health.

The position also aims to address long-term traditional public health issues, such as the prevention and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases, to improve mental health and long-term care and to reduce health inequalities. You can read more here: