Structural Funds Key to Sustainable Healthcare

COCIR* has played a role for many years in policy discussions on how the EU’s Structural Funds can best be used to support healthcare in the European Union. Today, COCIR has published its Position Paper ‘Towards an optimised use of Structural Funds in health’ with a list of ten concrete recommendations on how this EU funding can contribute to the health of European citizens.
Working actively with DG Health and Consumer Protection (Sanco), DG Regional Policy (Regio) and the Committee of the Regions Open Days as well as other stakeholders, COCIR has long been bringing policymakers’ attention to the impact Structural Funds can have on healthcare, notably their potential to reduce health inequalities and to increase the level of investment in healthcare. COCIR Structural Funds Champion, Octavian Purcarea said “The current situation is that even though some funds are earmarked for health, they are under-utilised by the Member States and regions due to a lack of awareness and complexity of administration. The new COCIR Position Paper highlights the weaknesses in the system, while proposing solutions for the optimisation of Structural Funds in health.”

COCIR Secretary General Nicole Denjoy said “We see it as our role as representatives of the medical device and healthcare IT industry to make concrete and workable suggestions on how to improve the health of EU citizens. Our message today is that when EU and national policymakers think about using Structural Funds to improve infrastructure, we want them to think about health infrastructure as well. Health is wealth and a healthy population has a huge contribution to make to a competitive and prosperous society in Europe.”

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