The European Commission’s competence in health security has grown incrementally and this article documents these developments. It highlights that the 2009 influenza pandemic in the UK can be described as a critical juncture in that it led to the establishment of a formal EU Health Security Committee and further legislative changes. Although cross-EU cooperation for health threats makes sense within a borderless territory, the increasing ‘Europeanisation’ of health security functions is not without its policy challenges, which largely stem from the risk of national policy-makers being protectionist around the sharing of information on data and preparedness planning for health security threats.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- pandemic influenza
- health security
- public health