Opinion Factsheet  

EU4Health Programme

Opinion Number: CDR 2917/2020
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 14/10/2020
The opinion welcomes the Commission's proposal to establish a dedicated health programme "EU4Health" of EUR 1.7 billion for the upcoming budget period 2021-2027 but regrets that the EUR 7.7 billion of additional funding, as proposed by the Commission as part of the Recovery Plan for Europe, was cut by the European Council;
The opinion highlights the competences of local and regional authorities in the field of health and aims to ensure that the new EU4Health Programme supports their actions in this area;
It insists on the need to strengthen the involvement of local and regional authorities in the governance of health systems, as well as in the definition of priorities and the implementation of the programme, due to their essential role in health, prevention and support;
The opinion recognises the need to devote significant resources at EU level to improving the Union's capacity to prevent, prepare for and respond to health threats/crises, and to strengthen cooperation between the Member States in this respect. At the same time, it is important not to deprioritise the EU's health promotion and disease prevention efforts.
The proposed list of actions for the EU4Health programme should cover key areas such as common health challenges.