Crisis preparedness and response

The European Parliament votes in favour of the EU Decision on serious cross-border threats to health

On 3 July 2013, The European Parliament adopted the Commission proposal for a Decision on serious cross-border threats to health.

The adoption of this Decision is a big 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 to prepare for and to protect citizens against possible future pandemics and serious cross border threats caused by communicable diseases, chemical, biological or environmental events.

In order to enter into force, the draft decision still needs to be approved by the Council.

Statement by Commissioner Borg:  "Health: Major step forward in tackling serious cross-border health threats"

FAQ: Serious Cross-border Threats to Health Decision

Personally Speaking by Commissioner Borg

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