EU action in the field of preparedness planning for serious cross-border health threats aims at strengthening capacities to respond rapidly to any kind of emergency affecting or likely to affect public health. This includes advising national authorities and ensuring that they take on board the EU dimension, considering that emergency planning at national level may also have an impact beyond borders.
Having an EU-level strategy:
- provides a backbone for developing national plans to address different types of health threats – e.g. pandemic influenza, SARS, other events caused by biological or unknown agents, accidents caused by chemical agents, natural events of environmental origin such as climate change, or deliberate acts.
- helps ensure the inter-operability of national plans – through coordination mechanisms, analysis and communication tools.