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Council of the EU: Council adds new building blocks to European Health Union

The Council adopted two regulations to improve the EU’s capacities to respond to future pandemics and other cross-border health crises.
A revision of a “cross-border threats to health” law updates national reporting requirements as regards health system indicators and streamlines cooperation between member states, the European Commission and EU agencies.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) – the EU agency tasked with supporting the EU in its efforts to fight infectious diseases – has been strengthened in the areas of surveillance, early warning, preparedness and response.

“Cross-border health threats are a new reality. Good cooperation at European level is key to better preparing ourselves for such situations. Improving prevention is vital in order to protect EU citizens in the event of an outbreak of a disease or a pandemic. I am sure that the regulations adopted today will help us to share information, work together and react more effectively.”

Vlastimil Válek, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health of Czechia

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