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Europe is at the heart of global vaccine research and production. Most of the activities of the major innovative Vaccines Europe members research based-companies are based in the region.

EU initiatives


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 23rd May 2019, the Commission published a Roadmap for the implementation of actions by the European Commission based on the Commission Communication and the Council Recommendation on strengthening cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases. The Roadmap is accessible here.

On certain issues covered in the Council Recommendation, Vaccines Europe developed different positions, which are accessible in the links below.


Vaccines Europe Paper: Improving Access and Convenience to Vaccination

Immunisation Information Systems at the cornerstone of improved vaccination policies in a digital Europe

Potential labelling/packaging improvements to facilitate vaccine supply

Vaccines Europe priorities for vaccination policies in Europe

Vaccines Europe position paper on Life-long immunisation

The role of vaccination in reducing antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Developing a specific and coordinated framework for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) of vaccines in Europe


Commission expert reports published in October 2018 are available on the links below:



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.



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.



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.



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.