EU4Health Civil Society Alliance issues joint statement on operating grants


Alzheimer Europe has joined with 14 other members of the EU4Health Civil Society Alliance (CSA) in calling for the European Commission to include Operating Grants for health NGOs in the EU4Health 2023 Work Programme.

In a joint statement, the organisations highlighted that operating grants are the sole financial mechanism allowing health NGOs, civil society organisations, and professional and patient groups to play an independent, constructive and meaningful role in EU policymaking, whilst also ensuring that NGOs maintain capacity to support citizens during regular and crisis times. The statement further noted that whilst the grants were reinstated and their value recognized within the EU4Health Work Programme 2022, so far, there is no clear commitment to continue this funding beyond 2022.

The EU4Health therefore calls for the continuation of the Operating Grants as a financial mechanism providing a strong foundation for health organisations’ contribution to EU policy processes beyond 2022. Additionally, the EU4Health Civil Society Alliance calls for the inclusion of a 3-4-year multi-annual framework agreement for Operating Grants in the EU4Health Work Programme 2023.

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