EUROPE: €9.4bn budget for new EU4Health Programme

The European Commission has proposed a new stand-alone health programme for 2021-2027, to make a significant contribution to the post-Covid-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, improving the resilience of health systems and promoting innovation in the health sector.

The EU4Health Programme aims to fill the gaps exposed by the Covid-19 crisis and to ensure that EUs health systems are resilient enough to face new and future health threats.

The EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides (pictured left), said: “With the recovery package and the revised EU budget for the next seven years, we put forward a strategic vision both to address today’s situation as well as tomorrow’s challenges.

“As part of this package, the new programme will be a game changer, a real paradigm shift in how the EU deals with health, and a clear signal that the health of our citizens is more than ever before a priority for us.”

The EU4Health Programme aims to make it possible for the EU to better tackle cross–border health threats, make medicines available and affordable, and strengthen our health systems.