European auditors question the value of EU funded public health programmes

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 13 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2819
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    The beneficial impact of the European Union’s increasing involvement in public health programmes has been challenged by the authority that audits the EU’s annual accounts.

    The Luxembourg based European Court of Auditors, in its first major assessment of European funding of health programmes and projects, identified weaknesses in strategic planning and an absence of priority setting in its investigation into the EU’s 2003-2007 public health programme. In particular, it pointed to goals it considered too broad, the absence of specific quantifiable success criteria, and inadequate funding.

    “Objectives should be set. You need specific targets for each …

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