Cross-Border Health Threats : Meps Broadly Back Draft Decision

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Cross-Border Health Threats : Meps Broadly Back Draft Decision


The European Parliament's Committee on the Environment and Public Health (ENVI) made only minor changes to the draft decision on serious cross-border health threats, at its meeting on 10 October. Committee members find that the future legislation is a good response to the lessons learned form recent health crises, such as the influenza (H1N1) pandemic in 2009. Accordingly, they simply reinforced the proposed measures, including those on experts' independence and communication with the public in crisis situations. MEPs also clarified the role of the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. "This legislative proposal, subject to the co-decision procedure, is a first. It was unanimously requested by health ministers and will enable us to fill a legislative gap," commented Socialist rapporteur Gilles Pargneaux (France). His report was adopted with 52 votes in favour, none against and six abstentions.

MEPs propose to strengthen the provisions on the independence of experts. They suggest that the appointment of authorities and national representatives to the EU network should be made public by member states. They also recommend that players in the early warning and response system should have to publish a declaration of commitment and a declaration of interests prior to taking up their duties.

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