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Public health programmes 2014–2021 European Public Health Challenges

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Cover to a booklet about the use of the EEA Grants 2009-2014. Photo: Shutterstock

Improved prevention and reduced inequalities in health in Europe are the aims of the public health programmes financed through the EEA and Norway Grants.


European Public Health Challenges is the collective term used for these programmes. They are categorised as area no 6 under the main sector Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction. There are eight areas of support under European Public Health Challenges:

AREAS OF SUPPORT – BASIS FOR COLLABORATION

Areas of cooperation can for example include: 

  • Prevention of non-communicable diseases
  • Prevention and control of communicable diseases in accordance with the international health regulations, including Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS
  • Health systems development, including information and surveillance systems
  • Universal access to health care
  • Reduction of social inequalities in health and the burden of diseases
  • Mental health, including mental disorders associated with alcohol and drug abuse
  • Strengthening systems for primary health care services 
  • Healthy and active ageing

For more information, see the booklet Priority sectors and programme areas 2014–2021 (pdf), page 19 and 20. 

Programme agreements with each country

The aim is to complete the negotiations with each country by the end of 2017. The next step is to develop the programme agreements, which will clarify the areas each country will prioritise within the health programme.  

Only institutions in the 15 EU member countries can submit an application, while Norwegian partners can be invited to participate. 

More information about the process:

EEA Grants and Norway Grants

Country announcement pages:

Project collaboration and bilateral activities will be advertised under each programme. These announcements will be posted on each country’s page on www.eeagrants.org:

Czech Republic

Estonia

Lithuania

Romania