The EU Parliament has voted to adopt a new programme on public health to run from 2014 to 2020.

The programme will concentrate on four main priorities:

  1. Disease prevention, especially of those diseases caused by lifestyle factors like tobacco or alcohol use, unhealthy foods, or a sedentary lifestyle;
  2. Better preparation for health emergencies, especially across borders;
  3. Promoting innovation in the health sector;
  4. Improving access to quality health services

Funding of up to 80% should be available for projects on liver disease prevention and treatment policy, including alcohol and hepatitis.

Formal agreement is still needed from the EU health ministers and this is likely to be given in April at the next meeting of the Health Council. The Commission expects to publish its first calls for proposals in late April or May. EASL will publish these calls on our website.

For more information see:

Health programme 2014