MEPs want more money for new public health programme

The Parliament’s environment committee wants to increase the funding for the new Community action programme for public health (2001-2006). In its second reading on 20 November 2001, the EP committee went against the Council’s common position and demanded an increase of the funding for this programme to 380 million euro.

The members of the environment committee adopted the draft recommendation for the second reading by MEP Antonio Trakatellis (EPP, Greece). They opposed the Council’s cut and repeated their demand for the funding of this programme to be increased to 380 million euros.

Other demands by the committee:

  • assistance to be provided to support the activities of non-profit making organisations active in the field of public health;
  • assistance to applicant countries to raise health standards of their populations;
  • increased measures to combat communicable diseases in the EU and in Eastern Europe.



The Commission presented its initial proposal on a new Community action programme on public health over the 2001-2006 period with a budget of 300 million euro on 16 May 2001.

The six-year programme will focus on improving health information and knowledge, enhancing the capability to respond rapidly to health threats, and addressing health determinants. The programme will replace eight existing Community action programmes, such as health promotion, information, education and training.

Furthermore, a European health forum will be set up to allow those working in the public health sector to be involved in the development of health policy and ensure that public health concerns are fully addressed. The new programme is seen as a complement to national policies.

The EU's health ministers adopted a common position on the new Community action programme on public health (2001-2006) on 5 June 2001. They proposed to cut the funding for this programme from 300 to 280 million euros.


  • The plenary session of the European Parliament will undertake its second reading on 11 December 2001.
  • A conciliation procedure between the Parliament and the Council may be necessary if the differences in opinion between both institutions remain after second reading.


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