Health policies in the upcoming EU budget (2021 – 2027)
On the 2nd of May, the European Commission adopted the legislative proposal the future EU budget for 2021 – 2017, also called the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). Within this new MFF, health has been incorporated into the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) programme, and it is supposed to support public health policies and access to medical products.
The new health strand will have to achieve its objectives through the reduction of inequalities in public health capacities among and within EU member states. However, it must do this with a reduced budget of only EUR 413 million. The Commission has reiterated the fact that the Health Strand will receive a (financial) boost from other EU financial instruments (i.e. the European Regional Development Fund, Horizon Europe, InvestEU Fund, etc.). More information can be found here.