The Decision 1082/2013/EU is an important step forward in improving health security in the European Union and protecting citizens from a wide range of health threats. It will help Member States prepare for and protect citizens against possible future pandemics and serious cross-border threats caused by communicable diseases, chemical, biological or environmental events.
The Decision provides four major benefits:
• The strengthening of preparedness planning
• The improvement of risk assessments and management of serious cross border threats to health
• The establishment of mechanism for the development and implementation of a joint procurement of medical countermeasures
• The enhancement of the coordination of response at EU level by providing a solid legal mandate to the Health Security Committee