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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

HEALTH PROGRAMME: the work plan has been adopted

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News The 2014 work plan for the Third EU Health programme has been adopted on the 26th May, 2014.

The EU's new Health Programme aims to build on the achievements of the previous EU Health Programme and better enable health to contribute to economic growth and the Europe 2020 objectives.

It has four main objectives:

1. To promote health, prevent disease and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles
2. To protect citizens from serious cross-border health threats
3. To contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems
4. To facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for EU citizens

It is interesting to emphasize that its budget has been increased of €449.4 million euro, compared to the previous one.

The work programme for 2014 sets objectives, priorities and actions to be financed for a period in-between the second quarter of 2014 and the 1st semester of 2015.

For this period, it will make available 39 993 000 euro for grants, 12 279 100 euro for procurements and 2 184 000 euro for other actions.

Concerning the grants, it will allocate grants for projects, grants for actions co-financed with Member State authorities, operating grants in order to contribute to the functioning of non-governmental bodies, direct grant agreements with international organizations (Council of Europe, WHO), and grants to organize two European conferences.

Among the priorities for the year:

Improvement of HIV and co-infection prevention, development of innovative approaches to promote the professional reintegration of people with chronic diseases and improving their employability, potential of innovation for the prevention and management of major chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases ..), support to eHealth Network, facilitation of sharing of best practices in the field of nutrition and physical activity and Improvement of the situation of people with dementia.

In addition to the Member States of the European Union, third countries can participate in the Health Programme if the necessary agreements are in place. In particular, European neighbourhood policy countries, countries that are applying for, are candidates for, or are acceding to membership of the EU, and the western Balkan countries included in the stabilisation and association process, may participate in the programme.

To conclude, the maximum rate for EU co-financing will be 60 %. However, this may be up to 70% or 80 % under certain circumstances.


Source :  DG Health website


More information  http://ec.europa.eu/health/programme/events/adoption_workplan_2014_en.htm

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