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EU-Commission unveils new and ambitious Health and Consumer Programmes

The European Commission adopted proposals for the new Health for Growth and Consumer Programmes. The two programmes aim to foster a Europe of healthy, active, informed and empowered citizens, who can contribute to economic growth. These new programmes will run from 2014-2020 with a budget of €446 million for the Health for Growth Programme and €197 million for the Consumer Programme. Focus will be on fewer concrete actions that offer clear EU added-value.

The Health for Growth Programme aims to support and complement the work of Member States to achieve the following four objectives:

  • Developing innovative and sustainable health systems;
  • Increasing access to better and safer healthcare for citizens;
  • Promoting health and preventing disease; and
  • Protecting citizens from cross-border health threats.


The Consumer Programme will support EU consumer policy in the years to come. Its objective is to place consumers at the centre of the Single Market and empower them to participate actively in the market and make it work for them.

In announcing the new Health and Consumer programmes, Commissioner Dalli said, "These two programmes are about people; about fostering the conditions for people to live to their full potential and play a key role in society and in the economy. Keeping people healthy and active for longer is good for people and is good for jobs and growth. Confident, empowered consumers create thriving markets. I am confident the two programmes will make a significant contribution to achieving Europe 2020goals – to create smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by the end of this decade".

What the Health Programme aims to achieve

This programme aims to build on the previous Health Programmes to support and deliver action aimed at encouraging the uptake of innovation in health, fostering better and safer healthcare, promoting good health and preventing diseases, and protecting citizens from cross-border health threats.

Examples on which further action will be built:

  • Co-operation on Health technology assessment (HTA), an EU-wide voluntary network of Member States' HTA agencies to share information on the effectiveness of health technologies such as medicines, medical devices, and preventive measures, to support national decision-making on technology;
  • Co-operation on rare diseases at European level to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment for patients with rare diseases across the EU, including the EU portal for rare disease (www.orpha.net), the world reference database on rare diseases;
  • Cancer prevention and control, through EU-wide screening guidelines to improve early detection so that the disease can be diagnosed at an early stage and lives can be saved; and through exchange of knowledge and best practice on cancer prevention, research and care.
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