About this consultation

Consultation period
21 December 2017 - 15 March 2018
Public health

Target group

All citizens, administrations, associations and other organisations with an interest in vaccination and health policy, public health, healthcare in Europe and globally are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Objective of the consultation

Vaccine preventable diseases are major health scourges. Due to their cross-border nature and the challenges to national vaccination programmes, there is need for common EU action and more coordinated approaches to limit the spread of epidemics and cross border diseases. There is clear added-value to strengthen cooperation among all relevant actors at EU level, including health authorities, vacine industry, research and innovation, healthcare sector and others.

In mid-2018, the European Commission will adopt a proposal for a Council Recommendation on Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine Preventable Diseases. The objective of this public consultation is to collect the views and input of citizens, administrations, associations and other relevant organisations to feed into the process of drafting a proposal for the Council Recommendation.

How to submit your response

Respondents are invited to take part in the consultation by completing the online questionnaire provided. The questionnaire is available in all EU languages.

View the questionnaire

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Additional information

Reference documents

  • The roadmap for a 'Council Recommendation on Strengthened cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases, published on 4 December
  • The Report on the implementation of the Decision No 1082/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 on serious cross-border threats to heatlh (December 2015)
  • The European Court of Auditors, Special report No 28/2016: “Dealing with serious cross-border threats to health in the EU: important steps taken but ore needs to be done” (December 2016)
  • Digital Single Market mid-term review (potential of big data and high performance computing for infectious diseases outbreaks) (May 2017)
  • Council Recommendation on seasonal influenza vaccination (2009)
  • Council conclussions on childhood immunisation (2011)
  • Council conclusions on vaccination as an effective tool in public health (2014)

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Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Principal Advisor for Health and Crisis management
Functional Mailbox: SANTE-CONSULT-VACCINATION-TASK-FORCE@ec.europa.eu