Capacity Building workshops

Three capacity building workshops were held in regions across Europe. The minutes of the workshop and the presentations are available for downloading.

'Building Institutional Capacity', Budapest, Wednesday 30 May 2012

'Transition to the Low Carbon Economy', Cornwall, Tuesday 12 June 2012

'Using Community-Led Local Development approaches', Sicily, Monday 25 June 2012


What is this website about ?

EU Structural Funds (SF) represent almost € 50 billion a year to support the development of poorer regions across Europe. This valuable investment source is available to improve the infrastructure and socio-economic profile of a region. Using these funds innovatively can tackle inequalities, target pockets of poverty and assist vulnerable groups. The key challenge is how to make the most of these funding opportunities, ensuring that each Euro contributes towards better health and wellbeing.

Structural Funds can invest directly and indirectly in health infrastructure and capacity (see EUREGIO III project).

This guide demonstrates how non-health related investments such as transport, environment, infrastructure, research, agriculture, education, training, energy, social and economic development could generate health gains. It shows how promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth - goals of the EU2020 Strategy - is linked to better health outcomes.   

  • Health Gain outlines the methodology of the guide including the DPSEEA model and how different users can apply it in different stages of SF programming.
  • Background information on Structural Funds and on the economic, environmental and social determinants of health
  • Case studies provide insight from 10 Regions across the EU
  • Funding themes pages set out the links between investments in key areas of SF spending and health gains
  • Other pages provide information resources as well as the list of all the references used through the guide.

This guide was developed through a project funded by the European Commission (DG Health and Consumers).