The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a need for coordination and cooperation at a European, national, regional and even local level in the health sector. The pandemic has unveiled already-existing weaknesses in EU countries’ supply chain and public procurement.

The call “EU4H-2022-PJ-4 — Call for proposals to support structured dialogue at national or regional level on public procurement in the health sector – HERA” (AWP reference CP-g-22-01.05) supports the policy priority to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and implements the EU4Health programme’s objective of protecting people in the EU from serious cross-border health threats.

The aim of the call is to support EU countries in organising a thorough assessment of public procurement in the health sector at national and/or regional level.

The call is expected to:

  • Develop new/ improved national and regional strategies on public procurement;
  • Make current practices more resilient and efficient all over the Union;
  • Increase preparedness for future health crises.

The total budget amounts to € 5 million and the deadline for applications is 21 February 2023, 17:00 (CET).

More information is available on the call web page.

Background information

EU4Health, with a budget of €5.3 billion, is the fourth and largest of the EU health programmes. The EU4Health programme goes beyond an ambitious response to the COVID-19 crisis to address the resilience of European healthcare systems. The programme provides funding to national authorities, health organisations and other bodies through grants and public procurement, contributing to a healthier Europe.

HaDEA implements the EU4Health programme by managing calls for proposals and tenders from 2021 to 2027.

Relevant links

EU4Health programme

Public health website of the European Commission

Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority

Source: European Commission I HADEA (