On 8 May 2002, the conciliation committee of the European Parliament and the Council agreed on a new EU programme on public health which will replace the existing eight programmes.
The main issue that needed to be settled in conciliation was
funding. The EP delegation argued that the 280 million euros
originally proposed by the Council was insufficient, in particular
in the light of the costs of enlargement and the need for
precautionary measures against the risk of bioterrorism, and
demanded a budget of 380 million euros. A compromise was finally
reached with the Council, setting the budget at 312 million euros.
The Commission will draw up a declaration
stating that the financial framework of the programme will be
reviewed in the context of the accession of new Member States. The
Commission will then, if appropriate, make new proposals on
funding. In addition, the Commission issued a declaration on the
structural arrangements to be set up in order to implement the