New EU Initiative on Health Security for the EU Neighbours

Implementation: 2020-2024, Southern Neighbourhood (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya,
Morocco, Palestine*, and Tunisia), Eastern Neighbourhood (Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) and EU Enlargement
countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo**, Montenegro, North
Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey).ECDC

On 27 March 2020, the European Commission Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) and ECDC signed an agreement for the implementation of the new EU Initiative on Health Security. This will enable tailor-made support to strengthen public health systems’ preparedness and response capacities of the European Union candidate and potential candidate and the European Neighbourhood Policy partner countries, and improve health security in the European neighbourhood.

The aim of this new EU Initiative on Health Security is to set up a regional workforce for the prevention and control of challenges posed by communicable diseases and enhance regional cooperation to tackle serious cross-border health threats.

The EU Initiative on Health Security will address preconditions for strong public health systems and will focus on capacity building in field epidemiology, strengthening partner countries’ capacities to monitor, detect, assess and respond to serious cross-border threats to health from communicable diseases. This new initiative will also contribute to the establishment of sustainable networks of highly skilled experts across the countries to address the health threats and risks in an efficient and timely manner.

 Visit the ECDC website for more information.

* This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.

** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence 

Citation: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) 2020: EU Initiative on Health Security.

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Published in GI-Mail 08/2020 (German edition).

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