Sat. Jun 25th, 2022

Brussels, 22 June 2022

Today, the European Commission launches an important initiative to support EU Member States to reduce the burden of EU Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) by addressing the leading causes of avoidable premature death in Europe and improving citizens’ health and well-being.

To do so, the Commission has published a guiding document  to the “Healthier Together: EU Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Initiative”. This Initiative identifies effective actions and the available legal and financial supporting tools across five main areas: cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, mental health and neurological disorders, as well as their main contributing factors.

The Initiative will have a budget of €156 million under the 2022 work programme of the EU4Health programme. Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety said: 

Non-communicable diseases represent 80% of the disease burden in the EU, placing considerable pressure on our healthcare systems. Today’s initiative is an important step to continue tackling them in a systematic and comprehensive way. By forging this path to better prevention, detection and treatment together with Member States and stakeholders, we are continuing to build the foundations of our strong European Health Union, whilst delivering on our key initiatives in the area of health, such as Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. 

The guiding document can be found here. 

Source – EU Commission