Health Programme

EU4Health 2021-2027


EU4Health is the EU’s ambitious response to COVID-19. The pandemic has a major impact on patients, medical and healthcare staff, and health systems in Europe. The new EU4Health programme will go beyond crisis response to address healthcare systems’ resilience. 


EU4Health, established by Regulation (EU) 2021/522, will provide funding to eligible entities, health organisations and NGOs from EU countries, or non-EU countries associated to the programme.

Areas of action

With EU4Health, the EU will invest €5.3 billion in current prices in actions with an EU added value, complementing EU countries’ policies and pursuing one or several of EU4Health´s objectives:



The 10 specific objectives under the 4 general goals are:


  1. To improve and foster health in the Union

    • disease prevention & health promotion

    • international health initiatives & cooperation

  2. To tackle cross-border health threats

    • prevention, preparedness & response to cross-border health threats

    • complementing national stockpiling of essential crisis-relevant products

    • establishing a reserve of medical, healthcare & support staff 

  3. To improve medicinal products, medical devices and crisis-relevant products

    • making medicinal products, medical devices and crisis-relevant products available and affordable

  4. To strengthen health systems, their resilience and resource efficiency

    • strengthening health data, digital tools & services, digital transformation of healthcare

    • improving access to healthcare

    • developing and implementing EU health legislation and evidence-based decision making 

    • integrated work among national health systems

EU4Health will pave the way to a European Health Union by investing in urgent health priorities:


Other areas, such as health systems’ digitalisation, reducing the number of antimicrobial-resistant infections and improving vaccination rates will also be boosted.


The EU will expand successful initiatives like the European Reference Networks for rare diseases and continue to pursue international cooperation on global health threats and challenges.


Information about other tools, previous programmes and synergies and complementarities with other funds can be found here,


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