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European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA)

About HaDEA



Boosting Europe by building, from earth to space, a healthy society, a competitive industry and a digital economy.

HaDEA's Vision


To implement actions that strengthen Europe in the domains of health, food safety, digital technologies and networks, industrial capacities and space. We provide high quality and service-oriented support, with the aim to enable European society to become more healthy, resilient and fair and European industry to become more competitive. We ensure that the projects funded by the HaDEA deliver concrete results that benefit the lives of all EU citizens and provide the European Commission with valuable input for its policies.

HaDEA's Mission


The 7 values the HaDEA people have identified through participatory exercise and committed to respect, are the following:


Commission decision and Annual Work Programme 2021

Commission decision
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AWP 2021
(2.09 MB - PDF)

Organisational chart

Organisational chart (updated 16 January 2022)
(8.82 MB - PDF)


Programmes & funding

The European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) manages European programmes and initiatives on behalf of the European Commission. 

It works closely together with five Directorate-Generals (DG CNECT, DEFIS, GROW, RTD and SANTE which is the lead DG for the HaDEA) and with the Commission’s European Health Emergency  Preparedness  and  Response Authority  (HERA), which are focused on legislative and strategic tasks in policy making.

The HaDEA addresses the European Commission’s ambition to help rebuild a post-COVID-19 Europe at its heart, which will be greener, more digital, more resilient and better fit for the current and forthcoming challenges.

The HaDEA will contribute to above ambition by implementing the following programmes (with indicative budget):

  • EU4Health programme: €4,7 billion (out of the total budget of  €5,3 billion);
  • Horizon Europe: Pillar II, Cluster 1: Health: €4,1 billion;
  • Single Market Programme: Food safety: health for humans, animals and plants along the food chain and better training for safer food: €1,3 billion;
  • Digital Europe Programme: €0,8 billion;
  • Connecting Europe Facility: Digital: €1,7 billion;
  • Horizon Europe: Pillar II, cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space: €5,6 billion.

From 2021 to 2023, additional budget amounting to €1,6 billion will also available from the NextGenerationEU fund for actions that are part of the Digital and Health strands of the Horizon Europe programme.

The expected total budget managed by the HaDEA will amount to over €20 billion over the 7-year period of the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

In addition, the Agency will take over the outstanding financial commitments and projects from the predecessor programmes (“legacy”).

Legal Base

Executive Agencies are established by the European Commission in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No 58/2003 with the purpose of delegating certain tasks relating to the management of Union programmes, including budget implementation. This enables the Commission to focus on its core activities and to dispose of sufficient technical expertise for the management of such programmes in a specialised Agency.

The European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) was established on 16 February 2021 to allow for all necessary administrative preparations before its operational kick off on 1 April 2021.

Key documents related to the establishment of HADEA:

Chafea archive

Document from the previous years can be found in the CHAFEA archive.