While 70% of Europeans want the European Union to do more for health, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that it is of utmost importance to ensure efficient health systems for European citizens; in other words, there has never been a more crucial moment for Europe to invest in health protection and promotion.

Building on the lessons learned from the Covid-19 crisis, the EU commission proposes EU4Health – an ambitious funding programme for 2021-2027. Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “EU4Health shows that the EU is ready to support Member States in building more resilient health systems. EU health systems must be prepared for future pandemics, deal effectively with non-communicable diseases”.

Through this 7-year framework, the European Commission will invest €9.4 billion (which represent an over 2000% budget increase compared to current resources for health) in:

- Tackling cross-border health threats, through prevention and emergency reserves of medicines and other medical supplies; a Union health emergency team, and more coordination in health care capacity in cases of crises.

- Making medicines, medical devices health supplies available and affordable for patients and health systems and support innovative and greener production of medical products.

- Strengthening health systems, by improving their accessibility (reducing inequalities), efficiency and resilience, in order to tackle major challenges such as non-communicable diseases (cancer), infectious diseases, chronic diseases, rare diseases (by upscaling existing tools such as the European reference Networks), drug-resistant infections, obesity, alcohol-related harm, etc. 

Sharing the European Commission’s aspiration of a Europe where all people are as healthy as they can be throughout their lives, EuropeActive strongly welcomes the idea of a dedicated EU health programme.

Drawing on countless evidence of the positive impact of fitness on people’s health, as well as mental and social well-being, we firmly believe that prevention and promoting physical activity are key to healthier European societies.

More information available on: https://eu4health.eu/

Jun 11, 2020 By Carlos Fernandez