Members of the European Parliament call for supporting health policies and health systems in the next Multiannual Financial Framework

 

On 1 May Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sent a letter to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Charles Michel, President of the European Council, calling to ensure the support of health policies and health systems in the next EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027, also called the “Multiannual Financial Framework” (MFF).

In the letter, MEPs stated that the COVID-19 outbreak emphasised the need for the EU to re-think the healthcare preparedness and strengthen European social welfare systems.

MEPs call on the Commission and the European Council to:

  • ensure the support of health policies and health systems as a new priority in the next EU budget;
  • increase the budget of the new ‘health strand’ in the ESF+;
  • re-think and expand the use of the ‘health strand’ instrument;
  • increase the budgets of other key financial instruments (social fund, research, digital market, regional- and cohesion funds) that support health-related activities and policy mechanisms.

Through this communication, MEPs put political pressure on the Commission and the European Council to improve the preparedness of the healthcare systems and their limited resilience. The letter is addressed in due course as the Commission is in the final stage of developing the new MFF proposal, expected to be published in the week of 18 May.

Please have a look at the letter here for further information regarding the main claims of the MEPs’ co-signatories.

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