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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Vaccination rates in Europe have been declining for the past decade as an increasing number of citizens believe that some infectious diseases such as measles and rubella are eliminated. However, as these diseases did not disappear, the decreasing participation rates in vaccination programmes have created the risk of future epidemics.
The JRC - in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) - is therefore organising a workshop on innovative measures to increase citizens' motivation to participate in vaccination programmes. The workshop will bring together experts from psychology and behavioural economics; and national health organisations to exchange views on new ideas of how to increase vaccinations rates.