Commission may declare EU-wide health emergency

As a lesson from the Covid pandemic, the EU has repositioned itself for upcoming health crises. Following final decisions by EU member states on Monday, the health authority ECDC will be strengthened and cooperation across national borders will be expanded. For the first time, the EU Commission will be able to declare an EU-wide health emergency, triggering a coordinated approach to such matters as the purchase and storage of essential goods. In addition, production capacities can be ramped up at short notice.

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