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Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
The Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008) was prepared with a view to contributing to the achievement of a high level of health protection in Europe. To this end, it focuses on health information, the Community’s capacity to react to health threats, and the prevention of diseases and illness.
Decision 1786/2002/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 September 2002 adopting a programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008).
Repealed by Decision No 1350/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 establishing a second programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-13) [Official Journal L 301 of 20.11.2007].
This action programme is a comprehensive programme which replaces eight existing actions in the field of health. These programmes concerned health promotion, cancer, AIDS and certain communicable diseases, drug addiction, health surveillance and pollution-related diseases, injury prevention and rare diseases.
The programme forms an essential part of the European Community’s health strategy, focusing on the following objectives and general measures:
improving information and knowledge with a view to promoting public health and health systems
Actions: development of a comprehensive system for collecting, analysing and evaluating data and knowledge in order to inform, advise and disseminate information at all levels of society, including the general public, authorities and health professionals;
boosting the ability to respond rapidly and coherently to health threats such as the cross-border menace of HIV, new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and pollution-related diseases;
Actions: developing, strengthening and assisting the capacity, operation and inter-linking of surveillance, early-warning and rapid-reaction mechanisms;
addressing health determinants
Actions: wide-ranging health-promotion activities accompanied by measures and specific instruments to reduce and eliminate risks.
key priorities: to reduce the high number of premature deaths and illnesses caused by major diseases such as cancer, and to tackle mental illness. Consequently, emphasis will be placed on key factors associated with lifestyle, socio-economic situation and the environment, such as smoking, drinking, drug addiction, nutrition and stress.
In addition to the above measures, an annual work programme comprising specific objectives and activities is to be drawn up, along with health indicators. Provision will be made also for linking up with other Community programmes and activities.
Having regard to the principle of subsidiarity and the restrictions placed on the Community in health matters, the active cooperation and wholehearted commitment of all the Member States will be essential to the smooth running of the programme and to achieving its objectives.
A budget of EUR 312 million has been allocated to the programme for the period 2003-2008.
Countries entitled to participate
The programme is open to the participation of:
- the EFTA/EEA countries, in accordance with the conditions laid down in the EEA Agreement;
- the associated countries of Central and Eastern Europe, in accordance with the conditions laid down in the Europe Agreements, in their Protocols and in the decisions of the respective Association Councils;
- Cyprus, funded by additional appropriations in accordance with the procedures to be agreed with that country;
- Malta and Turkey, funded by additional appropriations in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty.
Cooperation with third countries and with international organisations working in the sphere of public health, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), will also be encouraged.
It is anticipated that the programme will be subjected to dual evaluation: evaluation based on the indicators and results contained in the annual work programmes, and evaluation carried out by external independent experts half-way through the programme, i.e. in the third and final years of the programme, and after its completion. The results will be made publicly available. It is also expected that the Commission will present a report to the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions at the mid-term point, i.e. in the third year, and a final report.
Extension of existing programmes
A Commission proposal [COM(2000) 448 final – Not published in the Official Journal] grants a limited extension to existing programmes which are due to end before the new programme is launched, in order to avoid any interruption in key areas.
On1 January 2005, the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers became the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers. It assists the Commission in the implementation of the second Public Health Programme 2008-2013, the Consumer Programme for 2007-2013 and the implementation of food safety training measures.
The agency is based in Luxembourg.
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L271 of 9.10.2002
Additional information is available on the European Commission’s website on Public Health.