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27/05/2014

Annual work plan 2014 for the health programme adopted

The annual work plan 2014 for the health programme was adopted on 26 May 2014, and call for proposals will soon open.

The EU is required by its founding treaty to ensure that human health is protected as part of all its policies, and to work with the EU Member States to improve public health, prevent human illness and eliminate sources of danger to physical and mental health.

The third health programme (2014-2020) has 4 overarching objectives. It seeks to:
1. Promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the 'health in all policies' principle,
2. Protect Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats,
3. Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems,
4. Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens.

The third EU health programme is the main instrument the European Commission uses to implement the EU health strategy. It is implemented by means of annual work plans which set out priority areas and the criteria for funding actions under the programme. The total budget for the programme is € 449.4 million.

The annual work plan 2014 for the health programme was adopted on 26 May 2014, and call for proposals will soon open. See the European Commission webpage for more information.