The European Commission has established the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA)
On 1 April, the European Commission has newly established the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA). HaDEA has already started to operate and taken up its role as the new body in charge of the financial management of key EU work programmes for health. By aiming to address the European Commission’s ambition to rebuild a post-COVID-19 Europe which is greener, more digital, and more resilient, HaDEA will play a key role in helping Europe to emerge from the challenges faced under the COVID-19 crisis and in strengthening its resilience towards current and future challenges.
More specifically, HaDEA has been set up on behalf of the European Commission to reduce the administrative burden of European funding programmes and to take care of the corresponding annual work programmes’ management and roll-out. In this regard, HaDEA will also publish funding opportunities, like calls for proposals and tenders, on its newly created, dedicated website.
EU work programmes for which HaDEA will have a managing role and publish calls for their roll-out will include, but are not limited to:
- The EU4Health programme (€5,1 billion);
- Horizon Europe (Pillar II, Cluster 1: Health (€4,8 billion) and Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space (€6,1 billion));
- The Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) initiative as part of the Single Market Programme (€1,3 billion);
- The Digital Europe Programme (€0,8 billion); and
- The Connecting Europe Facility (€1,7 billion).
Director of resource management and better regulation in the Directorate-General (DG) for Health and Food Safety, Matthew Hudson, has become the interim Director of HaDEA. The Agency is headed by a Steering Committee composed of Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) staff and the DGs for Research and Innovation (RTD), for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) and for Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS). While HaDEA has started to operate with about 280 staff members, it plans to recruit more staff and grow to more than 500 staff members by 2027.
The expected total budget managed by HaDEA will amount to over €20 billion over the 2021 to 2027 period. This reflects the strong commitment of the EU towards strengthening the resilience of health systems, promoting medical innovation and digital transformation, and building a stronger European Health Union over the coming years.