Global Health Advocates, together with the European Public Health Alliance, has initiated a letter addressed to the leaders of the main political groups of the European Parliament calling to increase the funding for health in the next EU long-term budget and re-establish a strong stand-alone Health Programme. The letter is endorsed by 28 health civil society groups and networks from Europe.
The European Parliament is due to adopt its position on the European Commission’s proposal on the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) which suggests to merge the current EU Health Programme with other policy areas. The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has already expressed its concern on the withdrawal of health as a separate programme and proposed to increase the budget at least to the same level as in the current EU budget.
With the upcoming European elections, health should move to the top of the EU’s agenda to ensure the EU can realise its commitment to achieve the health targets of Sustainable Development Goals.
The full civil society letter can be found here.