Europe 2020 Strategy

Europe 2020 is the EU's growth strategy. It has three main objectives: to deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. Concretely, the Union has set five ambitious objectives on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy to be reached by 2020. Each Member State has adopted its own national targets in each of these areas.

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Health for Growth Programme

As part of its strategic development plan 2014-2020, EuroHealthNet strives to keep health equity and the social determinants of health on the agenda and supports the European Union in its efforts to build a fairer and healthier future for all European citizens.

The Health for Growth Programme looks to build upon both the first public health programme (2003 – 2008) and the second public health programme (2008 – 2013), which have helped to deliver a number of developments and improvements. The third programme will focus on ‘Health for Growth’, and seek to strengthen and emphasise the link between a healthy population as a key driver for economic growth. The programme is geared towards actions with clear EU added value and that are in line with the Europe 2020 objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The general objective of the Health for Growth Programme is to work with the Member States to encourage innovation in healthcare, increase the sustainability of health systems, to improve the health of the EU citizens and to protect them from cross-border health threats. This programme focuses on fewer but more specific actions of proven EU added value that will deliver concrete results and respond to identified needs or gaps.  The programme seeks to improve the way Member States cooperate in the area of health and to provide leverage for the reform of national health policies.

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European Alliance for Investing in Children

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children is a a broad coalition established in the framework of a Joint Action agreed with the European Commission under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The EU Alliance works together at EU level to:


  • Provide expert support on EU policy, legislation and funding on tackling child poverty and social exclusion.
  • Promote child-centred, quality and comprehensive policies to tackle child poverty; and
  • Promote well-being, by providing expert support in the development of EU and national policies, legislation and funding programmes, in line with the European Commission Recommendation ‘Investing in Children - Breaking the cycle of disadvantage’ and all horizontal principles included therein.

The EU Alliance is united by its commitment to a rights-based approach to tackling child poverty and promoting child well-being.

For EuroHealthNet, the early years of a child’s life are particularly important in determining not only future health, but also educational and lifelong success.  Through the EU Alliance for Investing in Children, EuroHealthNet wants to work together with the European Institutions to tackle and prevent child poverty and social exclusion, which are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets.

Growing up in poverty can negatively affect children’s opportunities for the rest of their lives, with far-reaching consequences - for instance, on their future participation in the labour market and society. Acting early on child poverty and well-being is not only a moral imperative, it is cost-effective. Poverty denies children their human rights. It does not simply mean that children’s basic needs – such as food, clothes and housing – might not be met; it also means lack of equal access to affordable and quality services and care, and experiencing exclusion from activities with peers. With appropriate support, the current generation of children who are growing up in deprivation and exclusion will be enabled to reach their full potential, and contribute to a healthy society and the economy in the future.

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Through the European Expert Group on Social Determinants for Health and Health Inequalities, EuroHealthNet directly works to reduce health inequalities.

There are large differences in health between countries of the EU for example

  • the chance of a child dying before its first birthday differs by a factor of five
  • life expectancy at birth varies by 8 years (for females) and 14 years (for males)

In all countries the level of disease and age that people die are strongly influenced by factors such as employment, income, length of education and ethnicity.

The Commission's plans to address health inequalities are set out in the Commission Communication - Solidarity in Health: Reducing Health Inequalities in the EU, published on 20 October 2009.

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Poverty is a key factor in explaining poorer levels of health between the most and least well-off countries and population groups within the same country.

On average, the more advantaged the individuals, the better their health – whether measured in terms of disease and mortality or in terms of self-assessed physical and psycho-social health. The relationship between health and low socio-economic status can be explained in different ways: the health selection theory suggests that a person’s socio-economic status is determined by their health while the health causation theory holds that the conditions of poverty result in poor health and premature death. In other words, those with a higher socio-economic status are more likely to have better health and to move up the occupational ladder, amplifying the health advantages associated with higher socioeconomic status.

The European platform against poverty and social exclusion is one of seven flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It is designed to help EU countries reach the headline target of lifting 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion. The platform was launched by the European Commission in 2010 and will remain active until 2020.Its objective is to ensure that social inclusion emerges alongside economic growth - fostering a high-employment economy delivering both social and territorial cohesion throughout Europe. In order to achieve this, the European Commission has set quantitative targets including reducing the number of Europeans living below the national poverty lines by 25% by 2020.

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EuroHealthNet and European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC) undertook a practical mutual partnership for the year 2014 with the aim to build mutual understanding of objectives and activities, and to develop common and supportive approaches to tackle common goals where appropriate.  As partners, EuroHealthNet and the European Forum for Primary Care inform each other about their position developments and policy statements.

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