European Health Union: Better disease prevention and cross-border co-operation

MEPs are prepared to barter with member states to bolster the EU’s illness prevention and management framework and collectively deal with cross-border well being threats, Plenary session  ENVI.

The proposal to increase the mandate of the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management (ECDC) was adopted with 598 votes in favour, 84 in opposition to and 13 abstentions. EU member states ought to develop nationwide preparedness and response plans, and supply well timed, comparable and prime quality information, MEPs say. Additionally they need to be certain that the ECDC’s mandate is prolonged past communicable ailments to additionally cowl main non-communicable ailments, like cardiovascular and respiratory ailments, most cancers, diabetes or psychological sickness.

The legislative proposal to strengthen the EU’s disaster prevention, preparedness and response when addressing future severe cross-border well being threats was adopted with 594 votes in favour, 85 in opposition to and 16 abstentions. The COVID-19 disaster revealed that additional work at EU stage is required to assist cooperation between member states, specifically border areas, MEPs stress. The textual content additionally requires clear procedures and extra transparency for EU joint procurement actions and associated buy agreements.

Watch a recording of the plenary debate (first half and second half).

Rapporteur Joanna Kopcińska (ECR, PL) mentioned: “Our proposals would enhance cooperation, the alternate of data, experience and greatest practices between member states and the Fee, the Well being Safety Committee and the ECDC itself. This may result in higher preparedness and response coordination when coping with well being challenges. We additionally agreed to step up evaluation and modelling to assist member states within the management of outbreaks by gathering and processing extra epidemiological information, whereas upholding the important thing nationwide competence for well being safety.”

“The imaginative and prescient of ‘One Well being’ in all European insurance policies should information our whole disaster anticipation and administration system. The COVID-19 disaster reveals how a public well being problem can have an effect on the correct functioning of each a part of European society”, mentioned Rapporteur Véronique Trillet-Lenoir (Renew, FR). “I absolutely assist making a joint buy process for medical merchandise the usual. So far as negotiating with business is anxious, the EU is stronger when it speaks with one voice, on behalf of all member states”, she added.


As a part of constructing a European Well being Union, on 11 November 2020 the Fee proposed a brand new well being safety framework, primarily based on the expertise coping with the coronavirus. The bundle features a proposal for a regulation on severe cross-border threats to well being and a proposal to bolster the mandate of the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management.

Additional data 

  • Adopted texts will probably be out there right here (15.09.2021)  
  • Press launch following the vote in committee (29.06.2021): Enhancing EU’s illness prevention and management capability  
  • Press launch following the vote in committee (13.07.2021): Boosting the EU’s capability to anticipate and reply to well being crises  
  • Process file (ECDC)  
  • Process file (cross-border threats)  
  • EP Analysis: Boosting the European Union’s defences in opposition to cross-border well being threats (September 2021)  
  • EP Analysis: Strengthening the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management (September 2021)  
  • European Parliament’s work on EU well being coverage  
  • Free images, movies and audio materials

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