European Commission - Press release
EU Budget 2014-2020: Commission unveils new and ambitious Health and Consumer Programmes
Brussels, 9 November 2011 – Today, the European Commission adopted proposals for the new Health for Growth and Consumer Programmes. The two programmes aim to foster a Europe of healthy, active, informed and empowered citizens, who can contribute to economic growth.
These new programmes will run from 2014-2020 with a budget of €446 million for the Health for Growth Programme and €197 million for the Consumer Programme. Focus will be on fewer concrete actions that offer clear EU added-value.
The Health for Growth Programme aims to support and complement the work of Member States to achieve the following four objectives:
The Consumer Programme will support EU consumer policy in the years to come. Its objective is to place consumers at the centre of the Single Market and empower them to participate actively in the market and make it work for them, particularly by:
In announcing the new Health and Consumer programmes, Commissioner Dalli said, "These two programmes are about people; about fostering the conditions for people to live to their full potential and play a key role in society and in the economy. Keeping people healthy and active for longer is good for people and is good for jobs and growth. Confident, empowered consumers create thriving markets. I am confident the two programmes will make a significant contribution to achieving Europe 2020goals – to create smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by the end of this decade".
What the programmes aim to achieve
This programme aims to build on the previous Health Programmes to support and deliver action aimed at encouraging the uptake of innovation in health, fostering better and safer healthcare, promoting good health and preventing diseases, and protecting citizens from cross-border health threats.
Examples on which further action will be built:
This programme aims to build on the previous programme by focussing action on empowerment of the consumer through safety, information and education, rights and redress and enforcement actions. Actions will focus on:
These new EU programmes build on the ongoing Health and Consumer Programmes, which provide valuable opportunities for Member States to invest in health and consumer protection. The current programmes run until the end of 2013.
The new Health and Consumer Programmes are part of the EU's financial priorities for 2014-2020 (the EU Multiannual Financial Framework), which was announced by the European Commission in June.
Procedure / What's next?
These proposals will now be discussed by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers, with a view to adoption by the end of 2013, to allow for the start of the new health and consumer programmes in 2014.
Negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the whole EU budget will continue in parallel.
For information on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 please see:
For information on the 2008-2013 Health Programme "Together for Health"
For information on the 2008-2013 Consumer Programme:
Commissioner John Dalli's website:
See also: MEMO/11/764