Lina Jaruševičienė
Ministry of Health of The Republic of Lithuania
Vice-minister of Health
Vytenis Andriukaitis
European Commissioner for Health 


Yevgeniy Goryakin
Health Policy Analyst
Aurelijus Veryga, Minister of Health of Lithuania

Antonio Sarria Santamera – Leader of the Coordination Work Package

What is the CHRODIS PLUS Joint Action?

CHRODIS PLUS is a three-year initiative (2017-2020) funded by the European Commission and participating organisations.

Altogether. 17 policy dialogues and 21 implementation projects form the Action’s core:

  • The policy dialogues (15 at the national level, and two at the EU level) increase awareness and acceptance in decision-makers in regards to improved actions for combatting chronic diseases.
  • The pilot projects focus on the following areas: Health Promotion & Primary Prevention, an Integrated Multimorbidity Care Model, Fostering Quality Care for People with Chronic Diseases, ICT-based Patient Empowerment, and Employment & Chronic Diseases

A heavy price for chronic diseases: it has been estimated that chronic diseases cost EU economies €115 billion or 0.8% of GDP annually. Approximately 70% to 80% of health care budgets across the EU are spent on treating chronic diseases.

The EU and chronic diseases: Reducing the burden of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental disorders is a priority for EU Member States as well as at the EU Policy level, since chronic diseases affect 8 out of 10 people aged 65 and older in Europe.

A wealth of knowledge exists within EU Member States on effective and efficient ways to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease, stroke and  type-2 diabetes. Great potential exists for reducing the burden of chronic diseases by using this knowledge more effectively.

The role of CHRODIS PLUS: CHRODIS PLUS, during its 36 months of operation will contribute to the reduction of this burden by promoting the implementation of policies and practices that have been demonstrated to be successful. The development and sharing of these tested policies and projects across EU countries is the core idea behind this action.

The cornerstones of CHRODIS PLUS: This Joint Action raises awareness that in a health-promoting Europe – free of preventable chronic diseases, premature deaths and avoidable disabilities – initiatives in regards to chronic diseases should build on four cornerstones:

  • health promotion and primary prevention as a way to reduce the burden of chronic diseases
  • patient empowerment
  • tackling functional decline and quality of life as the main consequences of chronic diseases
  • making health systems sustainable and responsive to the ageing of our populations associated with the epidemiological transition



The EU supports Member States by providing a comprehensive approach for tackling chronic diseases in Europe. Click here for more information about the work on chronic diseases undertaken by the Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO).

Click here for more information on EU initiatives relevant to CHRODIS PLUS.

The Consumers, Health and Food Executive (Chafea) implements the EU Consumer Programme and the Better Training for Safer Food initiative, as well as the EU Health Programme, which co-funds this Joint Action.

The Agency provides a professional service in performing the tasks and activities entrusted to it by the European Commission, and it works closely with the Health and Consumers Directorate General (DG SANCO). CHAFEA manages relations with some 2,800 beneficiaries and contractors involved in close to 400 projects and service contracts in the health sector.


Joint Actions are a funding instrument under the third EU Health Programme 2014-2020. They are designed and financed by Member State authorities and the EU to address specific priorities under the EU Health Programme.  They have a clear EU added value and are co-financed either by competent authorities that are responsible for health in the Member States (e.g. Health Ministries) or in the non-member states participating in the Programme, or by public sector organisations and non-governmental organisations mandated by the competent authorities.

Joint Actions involve on average 25 partners, depending on the scope of the action. This joint action involves representatives from 43 participating institutions in 18 EU countries, as well as Norway, Serbia and Iceland.

The Joint Action supports Member States through the cross-national implementation of policies and practices with demonstrated success identified in JA CHRODIS (2013-2016).


Joint Action CHRODIS was the predecessor of CHRODIS PLUS.

JA CHRODIS was a pan-European collaborative undertaking that brought together over 70 associated and collaborating partners from national and regional departments of health and research institutions representing 25 European countries. These partners worked together to identify, validate, exchange and disseminate good practices for chronic diseases across EU Member States and to facilitate their uptake across local, regional and national borders. The focus was on health promotion and primary prevention, as well as the management of diabetes and chronic conditions with multiple morbidities.

One of the key deliverables was a ‘Platform for Knowledge Exchange’, which includes both an online help-desk for policy makers and a clearinghouse that provides an up to date repository of best practices and the best knowledge for chronic care.

JA-CHRODIS worked in close collaboration with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

Joint Action CHRODIS at a glance - find out the most important facts about Joint Action  CHRODIS  here.


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