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Transparency and Governance

Health First Europe is committed to the highest level of transparency regarding its governance, financial support and activities at the EU level.  Outlined below is the funding received for the most recent calendar year, the activities which the funding supports and also the governance of our organisation.


Health First Europe is governed through an Annual General Meeting of all organisational and individual members (see full list here) in addition to the Executive Committee (see list here).  The Executive Committee is responsible for approving all decisions related to the ongoing activities of Health First Europe.

The governance structure provides one vote to every member ensuring that all members are equal and have equal input into the annual development of the work programme and the overall goals and strategy of the organisation.


As reported in the European Transparency Register (view here), Health First Europe received an independent and unrestricted grant of €80,000. The donation is from our member Eucomed for the 2016 calendar year.  Eucomed is a non-profit trade association representing the medical technology industry in Europe.

The budget supports the Secretariat and the work programme costs for the year which are dedicated to awareness – raising activities related to public health.  Health First Europe is not a lobbying organisation and does not use the financial contributions provided by Eucomed to directly influence any legislation.


Health First Europe dedicates it financial support to raising awareness on a variety of issues through events in the European Parliament, publications, position papers, consultation responses and outreach.    Past activities have included engagement on issues such as needlestick injuries for healthcare workers, patient safety and healthcare associated infections, women's health, health inequalities, eHealth, health technology assessment, chronic disease management and innovation.  To view a list of our activities, click here.

In 2016, the budget of Health First Europe will support the work programme focusing on the themes of patient safety, community care and innovation in health.


For further information about Health First Europe's governance, funding, activities or governance, please contact the Secretariat at

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