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Third Health Programme (2014-2020)

The third EU Health Programme is the main instrument the European Commission uses to implement the EU Health strategy.


General objective

The program meets the need to support Member States in their efforts to improve citizens’ health and the sustainability of health care systems. It is implemented by means of annual work plans which set out priority areas and the criteria for funding actions under the programmes.  The general objectives of the Programme shall be to complement, support and add value to the policies of the Member States to improve the health of Union citizens and reduce health inequalities by promoting health, encouraging innovation in health, increasing the sustainability of health systems.

Specific objectives

  • Promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles; taking into account the ‘health in all policies’ principle,
  • Protect Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats;
  • Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems;
  • Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens.

Structure of the programme

The Commission shall implement the programme by establishing annual work programmes and Member States shall designate National Focal Points which shall assist the Commission in the promotion of the Programme and, as appropriate, the dissemination of the results of the Programme and the available information on the impact of the Programme

Why is it important for Samarita organisations?

The programme is also managed at national level by the National Focal Points and it could be relevant for organizations that deal with health management and care services.

Application and consultation

For submitting a proposal for a project the electronic submission system of the HORIZON 2020 Programme will be used. If you want to participate in a project proposal, your organisation needs to be registered to the participant portal

Funding opportunities

There are two funding mechanisms: grants and tenders. The grants may be grants for projects, operating grants, direct grants with International organisations and grants to Member States authorities and bodies for co-financed actions (called joint actions). Call 2014

DG responsable

DG Health & Consumers

For more information and details

DG Health & Consumers

EU Health strategy

Third Programme for the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020)