Wide range of countries and partners
Wide participation in RARHA demonstrates the need across Europe to tackle alcohol related harm through public health policies and the importance of a solid knowledge base for policy planning. At the launch of RARHA in January 2014, all but one EU Member States were on board and, in addition, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
The actual partners are for the most part public health institutes or other expert organisations in the field of health, designated by national Ministries of Health. Some 60 partners are involved, either as associate partners, with an operating project budget co-funded by the EU, or as collaborating partners who either follow the work and provide input as appropriate, or who participate actively in the work on their own cost. In Joint Actions, the minimum co-funding required from Member States is 50% but in RARHA national funding amounts to 54% of a total of € 3,3 million, also reflecting the importance accorded to the initiative by the participating countries.
The level of EU funding varies from 79% for the European NGOs Eurocare and EuroHealthNet, designated as participants by the Commission, to zero for international expert organisations such as WHO Regional Office for Europe, OECD Health Division and Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe. The EMCDDA and Eurostat also actively follow RARHA’s work.