EPF's interim evaluation of the EU4Health Programme 2021-2027

As the largest EU health programme ever implemented, the EU4Health programme represents a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery and build stronger, more resilient, and patient-centred health systems. The programme has the potential to boost cooperation in health and pave the way for a true European Health Union that provides real added value to all patients. This is EPF's feedback.

Since 2021, EU4Health Work Programmes have enabled meaningful progress in areas where there is EU added value such as digitalisation, the fight against chronic diseases, and strengthening of the EU’s preparedness and response capabilities. Moving forward, we support continued efforts in these areas as well as increased emphasis on health literacy and patient information, which are essential in the fight against many cross-border health threats and in achieving sustainable, well-functioning healthcare systems.

Most importantly, one area where the Programme needs considerable strengthening is support and sustainable funding to patient organisations and other health-focused civil society organisations (CSOs) to allow them to fulfil their core public health mission.

Read our full feedback document here