Proposal for a Regulation on serious cross-border threats to health

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Series Details COM (2020) 727
Publication Date 11/11/2020
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 11 November 2020, aimed at building a stronger EU health security framework by creating a more robust mandate for coordination by the European Commission and agencies of the European Union. It repeals Decision No 1082/2013/EU.

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Decision No 1082/2013/EU lays down rules on epidemiological surveillance, monitoring, early warning of, and combating serious cross-border threats to health, including preparedness and response planning related to those activities, in order to coordinate and complement national policies. It also clarifies the methods of cooperation and coordination between the various actors at EU level. This Decision was essential in facilitating the exchange of information on the evolution of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and supporting the adoption of national measures. However, its structures and mechanisms showed limitations in allowing a timely common EU-level response, co-ordinate the crucial aspects of risk communication, or ensure solidarity among Member States.

This proposal aims to provide a strengthened framework for health crisis preparedness and response at EU level by addressing the weaknesses exposed by the pandemic. It was tabled by the European Commission on 11 November 2020, alongside a Communication setting out the first elements of a European Health Union. The European Parliament's relevant committee adopted a negotiating position on 13 July 2021. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 23 July 2021.

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EPRS: Briefing, April 2021: Building up resilience to cross-border health threats: Moving towards a European health union
EPRS: At a Glance, September 2021: Boosting the European Union's defences against cross-border health threats

European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on serious cross-border threats to health (2020/0322(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Proposal for a Regulation on Serious Cross-Border Threats to Health
European Commission: Priorities 2019-2024: European Health Union
European Commission: Press Release, 11/11/2020: Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe
European Commission: Questions and Answers: Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe (11 November 2020)
European Commission: Remarks by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the press conference on Building a European Health Union (11 November 2020)
European Parliament: Press Release, 13/07/2021: Boosting the EU’s capacity to anticipate and respond to health crises

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