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News article19 January 2024Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

EU grants access to funding for Montenegro under the EU4Health programme


Today, Commission and the Government of the Republic of Montenegro will sign an agreement associating Montenegro to the EU4Health programme, which will enable the country's health system to better respond to immediate needs and contribute to long-term recovery. With the entry into force of the agreement, Montenegrin health authorities and the wider health community can fully benefit from the EU funding opportunities under the programme, on equal footing with EU Member States, Norway, Iceland, Moldova and Ukraine. Discussions are ongoing with several other countries.

Starting from 1 January 2024, both public and private health sector entities in Montenegro will be able to access funding opportunities through various channels such as open calls, direct grants, and joint actions. These include critical areas such as improving cancer diagnosis, treatment and care, contributing to the European Health Data Space, developing strategies for medicine stockpiling, bolstering mental health services, addressing non-communicable diseases and initiatives tackling cross-border health threats.

Read more about the program here.

Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: I warmly welcome today's agreement, through which Montenegro will be able to strengthen its healthcare sector across the board with EU support through the EU4Health programme. It represents the EU's commitment to fortifying ties with Montenegro in the area of health for a better and stronger future for the country's citizens.”

(For more information: Stefan De Keersmaecker – Tel.: +32 2 296 22 53 – Ana Apse-Paese – Tel.: +32 2 298 73 48)