In her first State of the Union address, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that she wanted to create a “stronger European health union“. Last year, things began to take form. The focus was on crisis prevention and response, especially the revision and expansion of the mandates of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Both regulations still need to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council, but this is merely a formality as a political agreement has already been reached. The situation is different for many other projects that are likely to generate plenty of discussion in the new year.
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