Health Security Committee
This body is used by the Commission to coordinate health-security measures in the EU. It was set up in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks in the US.
Over the years the Committee has established a solid base for preparedness activities, by:
- enabling EU governments to exchange information and evaluate health events
- functioning as a discussion forum that advises health ministers
- facilitatinging coordinated crisis response by EU governments.
Health Security Committee – priority issues & examples of activities
The committee is composed of representatives from each national administration, the Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and other relevant Commission departments and agencies (e.g. ECDC, EMA).
In 2011, the Commission sought to strengthen the committee's mandate by formalising its status, as part of its Health Security Initiative