Members' Research Service By / April 21, 2021

Building up resilience to cross-border health threats: Moving towards a European health union [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 11 November 2020, the European Commission put forward a proposal for a regulation on serious cross-border threats to health.

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Written by Laurence Amand-Eeckhout (3rd edition, updated on 8.12.2021),

On 11 November 2020, the European Commission put forward a proposal for a regulation on serious cross-border threats to health. In the light of lessons learned from the coronavirus crisis, it aims to strengthen the EU’s health security by revising Decision 1082/2013/EU (the ‘Cross-Border Health Threats Decision’). The proposal was presented in a package that also includes proposals to strengthen the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), as first steps towards a European health union.

Stakeholders widely welcomed the proposal and the package. The European Parliament has repeatedly called for stronger cooperation on health.

Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety is responsible for the file. The Council agreed its position on 23 July 2021. Parliament voted the committee report in plenary on 14 September 2021, thereby setting its negotiating mandate and opening the way for interinstitutional negotiations. On 11 November 2021, Parliament voted again on the proposal, to update its negotiation mandate to ensure coherence between the EU Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) and the proposed regulation on cross-border health threats.

Versions

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on serious cross-border threats to health and repealing Decision No 1082/2013/EU
Committee responsible: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) COM(2020) 727
11.11.2020
Rapporteur: Véronique Trillet-Lenoir (Renew, France)
Esther de Lange (EPP, Netherlands)
2020/0322 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Sara Cerdas (S&D, Portugal), Joëlle Mélin (ID, France), Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA, Denmark), Joanna Kopcińska (ECR, Poland), Kateřina Konečná (The Left, Czechia) Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiations


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