New Health Programme ‘Health4EU’

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On 14 October 2020, ENVI adopted its report on EU4Health with 74 votes to 5 and 1 abstention. The report reinstates the funding of EUR 9.4 billion, as originally proposed by the Commission, to enhance health promotion and resilience of health systems across the EU. It proposes a stronger focus on disease prevention and on reducing health inequalities. The report also introduces a EU4Health Steering Group of independent health experts to ensure the effective implementation of the programme.

On 28 May 2020, the Commission proposed a new, ambitious stand-alone health programme for the 2021-2027 period called the "EU4Health Programme" as part of the Next Generation EU recovery instrument, aimed at countering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The July European Council reduced the programme's budget from an initially proposed €9.4 billion to €1.7 billion.

On 21 October 2020, the Council agreed its negotiating mandate on the file According to the mandate, EU4Health's budget would be €1.9 billion in current prices, which corresponds to the €1.7 billion in constant prices decided by the European Council.

The ENVI Report proposes to restore the initial funding of EUR 9.4 billion, as originally proposed by the Commission. The European Parliament is expected to vote on this report during the 11-12 November plenary session, after which Parliament will be ready to start negotiations with Member States, so that the programme can be implemented as soon as possible in 2021.

Rapporteur: BUŞOI (EPP)