The negotiations on the Third Multiannual Health Programme for the 2014-2020 period have been ongoing in 2013 between the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament. Political agreement on the outstanding issues was reached in November. It is now expected that the new Health Programme will be adopted in Spring 2014. It aims to encourage innovation in healthcare, increasing the sustainability of health systems, improving the health of EU citizens and protecting them from crossborder health threats. The programme will have a budget of up to EUR 449.4 million and builds on the two previous programmes covering the periods 2003-2008 and 2008-2013. Compared to the former programmes the new one concentrates support on a smaller number of activities in priority areas, in line with the Europe 2020 strategy. More specifically, it seeks to complement member states’ health policies in the following four areas: promotion of good health and prevention of diseases (eligible actions include the exchange of good practices for addressing risk factors such as smoking, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy dietary habits and physical inactivity); protection from crossborder health threats; innovative and sustainable health systems; increased access to better and safer healthcare.