Healthcare Minister Sorina Pintea had a meeting on Thursday in Brussels with European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, during which the two officials talked about Romania's priorities in Healthcare when holding the Presidency of the EU Council and the stage of preparation for taking over the Presidency.
According to a release of the Healthcare Ministry (MS), Minister Pintea said that there are 5 priority topics in the Healthcare area, referring to anti - microbial, vaccination, equal access to medicines of the EU patients, patient mobility and E - Health.
Healthcare Minister Sorina Pintea participated on Thursday in the ESI Funds for Health Final Conference under the patronage of the European Commissioner for Health.
In her speech, the Minister showed the importance of the role of Structural Funds as investment for the development of sanitary infrastructure and health services. The minister also said that Romania benefits from about 580 projects worth approximately 1.694 million euro in the Health area, at different stages of development.
The projects belong to both the MS and the subordinated institutions, coordinated by the MS or the local public authorities.
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Thus, the Healthcare Ministry will implement 10 projects worth 32 million euro for strengthening the administrative capability within the Administrative Capability Operational Programme (POCA), which aims to improve legislation on quality and performance in hospital and transplantation areas, to develop integrated policies to combat and control cancer in Romania, from prevention to palliative care, etc.
Through the POCA, the healthcare area has a number of 59 projects - 50 are already under implementation amounting to 461 million euro.
The MS is in process of implementing or signing 58 financing contracts amounting to 260 million euro which require reimbursement of investments made in ambulatory or emergency infrastructure starting with 2014 and up to now within the POR - Regional Operational Programme.
According to the release, the most important MS project on the POR is the construction of three regional emergency hospitals, which European funding is worth 300 million euro, with the rest coming from national contribution.
Another important project for Romania is the Cross-border Cooperation Programme. Within this programme there are 20 projects, worth 60 million euro, out of which 8 are under implementation and the rest are being assessed or in the contracting stage.
Romania is participating also in the community action programme in health. Romania's sanitary institutions have been or still are partners in approximately 27 Joint Actions projects, funded through CHFEA, the 3rd Community Health programme of the European Commission.