Regulation (EU) 2021/522 establishing a Programme for the Union’s action in the field of health (‘EU4Health Programme’) for the period 2021-2027

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Publication Date 26/03/2021
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Regulation (EU) 2021/522 - adopted by the co-legislators on 24 March 2021 - setting up a standalone programme in the field of health (the EU4Health Programme) for the period 2021-2027. It repeals Regulation (EU) No 282/2014. This is a text with EEA relevance.

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Despite the efforts to address the sanitary emergency caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in an effective manner, the crisis also highlighted the need to boost the European Union's capability to respond to such major health threats. The European Commission therefore decided to propose the establishment of a self-standing programme - named EU4Health Programme - as a key instrument for delivering it.

This Programme is aimed at supporting Member States in the transition to better preparedness and the reinforcement of their health systems and support them in achieving the health-related SDGs. It aims to fill in gaps revealed by the pandemic in terms of the development and manufacturing of medicinal products, the adequate supply of equipment in hospitals and sufficient medical human resources, the uptake of digital tools and services that enable continuity of care, and the need to maintain access to essential goods and services in times of crisis.

The proposal was tabled by the European Commission on 28 May 2020 in the framework of the revised proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027. The plenary of the European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on 13 November. Following the overall deal on the financial provisions for the MFF, an informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text was announced on 15 December 2020. It was formally endorsed by the Parliament on 9 March 2021. The Act was published in the Official Journal on 26 March 2021.

Source Link http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2021/522/oj
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Commentary and Analysis
EFNA & EAN: Open Letter to the European Commission in response to proposed EU4Health Programme (15 June 2020) https://www.efna.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/EU4Health-open-letter_final.pdf
European Public Health Alliance (EPHA): A public health view of the EU4Health Programme (6 July 2020) https://epha.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/39-epha-amendments-eu4health-commission-proposal.pdf
EPRS: At a Glance, November 2020: The EU's new health programme: EU4Health https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2020)659310
EFNA: News, 17/11/2020: EU4Health Programme Budget Grows to €5.1 Billion https://www.efna.net/eu4health-budget/
The Lancet: News, 01/12/2020: EU4Health budget cut threatens Europe's Beating Cancer Plan https://doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(20)30678-1
EPRS: Briefing, February 2021: EU4Health programme https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2020)659258

News
Politico, 12/06/2020: EU countries welcome Commission health plans — but keep an eye on Brussels’ power https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-countries-ok-commission-health-plans-but-keep-an-eye-on-brussels-power-coronavirus/
Science Business, 14/07/2020: New health programme should run beyond 2024, say MEPs https://sciencebusiness.net/covid-19/news/new-health-programme-should-run-beyond-2024-say-meps
Science Business, 29/10/2020: Slashed EU4Health budget will undermine cancer plan, MEPs say https://sciencebusiness.net/framework-programmes/news/slashed-eu4health-budget-will-undermine-cancer-plan-meps-say
EurActiv, 11/11/2020: Council meets Parliament halfway on EU health budget https://www.euractiv.com/section/health-consumers/news/council-meets-parliament-halfway-on-eu-health-budget/

Official
EUR-LEX: COM(2020)405: Proposal for a Regulation on the establishment of a Programme for the Union's action in the field of health – for the period 2021-2027 https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2020:405:FIN
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Programme for the Union's action in the field of health for the period 2021-2027 (“EU4Health Programme”) https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?reference=2020/0102(COD)
European Commission: DG Health: Eu4Health Programme https://ec.europa.eu/health/funding/eu4health_en
European Commission: Questions and Answers on the New EU4Health Programme (28 May 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_956
European Commission: Opening Remarks by Commissioner Kyriakides at the Press Conference on the EU4Health Programme (28 May 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_965
European Commission: Opening Remarks by Vice-President Schinas at the Press Conference on the EU4Health Programme (28 May 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_969
European Parliament: Press Release, 14/10/2020: EU4Health: 9.4 billion EUR budget needed for new EU health programme https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20201012IPR89112/
European Parliament: Press Release, 13/11/2020: EU4Health: MEPs pave the way for an effective EU health programme https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20201109IPR91115/
European Commission: Press Release, 15/12/2020: Protecting people's health: the Council and the European Parliament agree provisionally on the EU4Health programme for 2021-2027 https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_2420
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 15/12/2020: Protecting people's health: the Council and the European Parliament agree provisionally on the EU4Health programme for 2021-2027 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/12/15/protecting-people-s-health-the-council-and-the-european-parliament-agree-provisionally-on-the-eu4health-programme-for-2021-2027/
European Parliament: Press Release, 15/12/2020: EU4Health: MEPs reach deal with Council on 2021-2027 EU health programme https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20201211IPR93655/
European Parliament: Press Release, 09/03/2021: Parliament gives green light for new EU4Health programme https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20210304IPR99207/
European Commission: 09/03/2021: Commission welcomes European Parliament adoption of EU4Health programme https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_1084
S&D Group: Newsroom, 09/03/2021: S&Ds: The EU4Health programme is a turning point to shape a true EU Health Union https://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/sds-eu4health-programme-turning-point-shape-true-eu-health-union
ECR Group: Newsroom, 09/03/2021: EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the process of gradual return to the “new reality” https://ecrgroup.eu/article/eu4health_will_make_a_significant_contribution_to_the_process_of_gradual_re
European Commission: Press Release, 26/03/2021: Commission welcomes entry into force of EU4Health programme https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_1344
European Commission: Questions and Answers: EU4Health Programme 2021-2027 (26 March 2021) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_21_1345

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