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Parliamentary questions
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2 July 2020
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002466/2020

In line with the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU(1), the Commission’s efforts in the field of health, including mental health, focus on supporting and complementing Member States' policies.

Mental health is currently a priority topic for the Steering Group on Promotion and Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases(2). In 2019, the Steering Group set mental health as a priority for best practice transfer and subsequently s elected and ranked best practices according to relevance for national implementation(3). The 2020 Health Programme Work Plan(4) includes three calls to support rolling out the practices Member States rated most highly. This builds on the outcomes of a series of EU-funded activities(5)(6)(7), carrying over expertise and good practices gathered over fifteen years since the adoption of the Commissions first document on opportunities to improve mental health(8).

The Commission is also exploring options to address mental health within the upcoming Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan(9).

The Commission highly values dialogue with stakeholders and has set up a dedicated space on mental health within the EU Health Policy Platform(10) to support efforts and facilitate practice and knowledge exchange on the mental health aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the next five years, the promotion of good mental health will be an important part of the Commissions’ work on health. Added value for possible additional steps could be found in a strengthened mental health in all policies approach, working with other Commission services to maximise policy synergies(11).

(2) https://ec.europa.eu/health/non_communicable_diseases/steeringgroup_promotionprevention_en
(3) https://ec.europa.eu/health/non_communicable_diseases/events/ev_20190514_en
(4) https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/funding/docs/wp2020_annex_en.pdf
(5)EU Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-Being http://www.mentalhealthandwellbeing.eu/the-joint-action/
(6)European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing, see https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/guides_for_applicants/h2020-SC1-BHC-22-2019-framework-for-action_en.pdf
(8)G reen Paper ‘Improving the Mental Health of the Population’, see https://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_determinants/life_style/mental/green_paper/mental_gp_en.pdf.
(9) https://ec.europa.eu/health/non_communicable_diseases/cancer_en
(10) https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/hpf/
(11) https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-13171-2019-INIT/en/pdf
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