EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC)
On 26 April 2018, the European Commission published its Proposal for a Council Recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases, available here, and a Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, available here. The Proposal was announced in the Roadmap the Commission issued at the end of 2017, announcing a Public Consultation of the same name.
Vaccines Europe participated in the public consultation in March 2018 and welcomed the Commission Proposal, once it was issued, with a statement available here.
On 7th December, the Council of the EU unanimously adopted a Recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases, available on this link. The full VE statement on the adoption is available here.
On certain issues covered in the Council Recommendation, Vaccines Europe developed different positions, which are accessible in the links below.
Commission expert reports published in October 2018 are available on the links below:
- State of vaccine confidence in the EU 2018 (Update of the 2015 study by Prof. Heidi Larson, Dr. Alexandre de Figueiredo, Emilie Karafillakis and Mahesh Rawal)
- The organisation and delivery of vaccination services in the European Union with individual country sheets as appendixes (Prepared by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies)
- Vaccination programmes and health systems in the EU (Prepared by the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health (EXPH)
- Followed by the factsheet of the same name, accessible here
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (EP)
In advance of the Commission’s publication of the Proposal for a Council Recommendation, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on Vaccine hesitancy and the drop in vaccination rates in Europe, accessible here. After being adopted by the EP Committee on Environment Public Health and Food Safety, the Resolution was adopted in the Strasbourg Plenary with 306 votes in favour and 263 votes against, with 9 abstentions.
EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE (EESC)
The EESC Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC) is preparing an opinion on the Commission Proposal. A draft version is currently available here.
CONSUMERS, HEALTH, AGRICULTURE AND FOOD EXECUTIVE AGENCY (CHAFEA)
A Joint Action on Vaccination (JAV), announced by CHAFEA in 2017, will be launched in a Kick-Off meeting in Paris, France on 4th September 2018. This three-year long Joint Action is composed of 8 work packages and a 2.9 Million Euro budget. A total of 20 EU Member States and 3 non-EU countries, with 5 collaborating countries participate in this Joint Action. More information is available here.
EU JOINT ACTION ON VACCINATION
In 2018, the EU launched the EU Joint Action on Vaccination (EU JAV), a three year long initiative with 20 partnering countries and a wide pool of stakeholders in the stakeholders’ forum. For more information on the EU JAV, click here.