Operating grants may be awarded to non-governmental bodies that pursue one or more of the specific objectives of the Health Programme. Operating grants are awarded according to the eligibility criteria established by Article 8(2) of the Programme Regulation and repeated again in Annex III to the present decision.
It is expected that these non-governmental bodies assist the Commission with the information and advice necessary for the development of health policies and the implementation of the Programme objectives and priorities. It is also expected that non-governmental bodies will work on increased health literacy and promotion of healthy life styles, the organisation of science policy conferences and contribute to the optimisation of healthcare activities and practices by providing feedback from and facilitating communication with patients thus empowering them. The Commission also encourages these non-governmental bodies to work together with the European Solidarity Corps, where appropriate.