EU4Health Civil Society Alliance issues statement on EU health budget


On 7 May, the EU4Health Civil Society Alliance issued a statement outlining concerns over the midterm review of the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) which saw the EU4Health Programme have EUR 1 billion cut from its total budget. The statement notes that EU4Health programme is key to strengthening healthcare systems, including preparing for future health threats and increasing Europe’s health resilience. Additionally, it highlights that whilst some progress has been made, the programme has not fully delivered on its objectives and budget cuts further threaten its ability to do so.

To address these concerns and ensure a fit-for-purpose EU4Health Programme, the signatories call on the EU institutions to: 

• Learn lesson from the pandemic and keep health as a key EU priority for the next MFF (2028-2035)

• Engage with civil society organisations on the implications of the EU4Health budget cuts for 2025-2027 

• Consider civil society organisations as strategic partners in the operation of the EU4Health programme and support meaningful engagement of civil society organisations, including providing sustainable funding to support their public health mission. 

The full statement is available at: