The EU has an obligation to protect human health in all its policies and to work with EU countries to improve public health, prevent human illness and eliminate the causes of physical and mental health threats. The EU "Together for Health" strategy is in line with the objectives of the Europe 2020 Comprehensive Strategy to make the European Union intelligent environment with a sustainable economy. It supports the inclusion of all population strata that generates general economic growth. The satisfactory health of its population is a prerequisite for this task.
The program has 4 global goals:
Promoting good health of the population, preventing disease, creating an conducive environment for healthy lifestyles and respecting the principle of health (this must be taken into account in all EU policy areas).
Protect EU citizens from serious cross-border health threats.
Contribute to building innovative, efficient and sustainable health system.
Increase the availability of better and safer healthcare for EU citizens.
The Health Program is the main tool of the European Commission to implement a European strategy in this area. The program is implemented through annual work plans. They set the priority areas and criteria for financing the activities and have a total budget of € 449,4 million.