Today on the 20 of June, EU Leaders have gathered in Brussels for the European Council meeting from the 20-21 June to discuss and adopt the EU’s strategic agenda for 2019-2024. An important element on the agenda is the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework (MFF) along with the Horizon Europe’s budget.

In light of this, the EU Health Coalition calls Member States to adopt a Multinational Financial Frameworks as well as an increase of the overall Horizon Europe budget to foster more competitive research, to address major challenges faced today. 

Horizon Europe plays a significant role in fostering a coherant, international competitive European role in fostering a coherent, internationally competitive European research landscape. Therefore, 120 billion euro dedicated to Horizon Europe, as proposedd by the European Parliament, coupled with an increase in national funding for research is required to address the challenges. 

The EU Health Coalition supports the European Parliament decisions and Pascal Lamy’s High Level group recommendations to help Europe maintain its position as a key player in research at the global level and foster European health research through increased funding under Horizon Europe.

A robust budget for health research should be secured along with appropriate funding allocated to the Health Cluster with Horizon Europe. The EU finances only one-tenth of the public research investment, but is the major funder of impactful, collaborative and transnational research. Horizon Europe’s proposed budget should make full use of the research potentials as well as requirements within Europe. Collaborative research is needed to foster knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship and partnerships between academia and industry, and to maintain Europe’s competitiveness. 

Background Information: 

Within the EU Health Coalition, a dedicated Research and Innovation policy group has proposed recommendations with the aim to enhance the health research landscape in Europe. The proposed recommendations call for an increased budget for health research, setting up a cross-sectorial health researh Public Private Partnership and better coordination and support for health research. 

The EU Health Coalition was created after the 1st EU Health Summit, which took place in November 2018, to ensure continued cooperation between stakeholders in the field of health. The EU Health Summit addressed emerging and persisting challenges such as the burden of chronic diseases and the consquences of an ageing population for the health sector. Simultaneously, the summit discussed new innovations and technologies that show huge potential in transforming healtcare and enhancing sustainable health systems. The EU Health Coalition is composed of patient organisations, EU research-orientated medical societies, industry representatives and other relevant stakeholders that share a common vision health.

More information can be found here: https://www.euhealthsummit.eu/