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Subgroup 2 on defining success factors for the effective use of Structural Funds for health investments
During the Hungarian EU Presidency in 2011, the EU Council initiated a Reflection Process on EU health systems.
This Reflection Process aimed to identify effective ways of investing in health, so as to pursue modern, responsive and sustainable health systems, and has been conducted since then under the auspices of the Council's Senior Level Working Party on Public Health.
One of the five work areas within this process focused on "effective use of Structural Funds for health investments". This was discussed in an informal group of 11 Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) chaired by Hungary, via its Hungarian National Institute for Quality and Organizational Development in Healthcare and Medicines.
In preparation of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2014-2020, the group's mandate was to lead a dialogue on experiences with structural funds in the health sector, to define common “success factors” and develop practical tools for effective investments in health. It aimed ultimately at reinforcing capacity in the Health Ministries to deal with structural funds matters through the exchange of best practice.
The group has produced a Toolbox for effective structural funds investments in health for use by Member States' health authorities interested in applying for structural finds support through the established national and EU procedures. The toolbox was presented to the Council's Senior Level Working Party on Public Health on 8th October 2013. It contains policy principles and concrete suggestions for effective planning, design, management and evaluation of the use of European structural funds for investing in health.
The toolbox is a guidance document for Member States to use as they see useful. It does not duplicate, or interfere with, the procedures for the negotiations between the Member States and the European Commission on the scope, priorities and modalities for support from the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for the programming period 2014-2020.
Final report of the group presented to the Council's  Working Party on Public Health at Senior Level on 8th October 2013.
Toolbox for the effective use of EU structural funds for investing in health