New Threats
Charting improvements in European health security
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Sofitel, Brussels

19:00 Cocktail
19:30 Dinner

The EU health security package which was proposed in December 2011 by the European Commission if approved by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament will create the legal basis for addressing serious cross-border health threats and strengthening the role of the Health Security Committee.

The legislative package also includes a proposal for the joint procurement of medical countermeasures at European level. Improved cooperation and coordination between national health and emergency services is clearly an important goal, but so too is improving the general level of preparedness and resilience in the event of a ‘flu pandemic or a deliberate terrorist attack such as a smallpox release.

Where is EU-level policymaking headed on these threats, and how successful does the Commission appear to be in rallying national governments to a common health policy? While the H1N1 episode has improved communication between Europe’s national and even regional authorities, what progress has been made on European vaccine production and stockpiling? How resilient – collectively and individually – are EU member countries to a serious outbreak of a communicable disease? Can we draw lessons from joint procurements in other areas?

This debate will serve to launch the SDA’s latest discussion paper ‘Strengthening Europe's health security shield’ containing opinion pieces and policy recommendations by representatives from the European Commission and its agencies, member states, international organisations, research centres and NGOs.

SDA policymakers’ dinners bring together some 25-30 senior stakeholders to raise the profile of key security and defence issues. The dinners take place in a prestigious yet informal environment with the SDA’s Advisory Board and members.

Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Advisor to the President, Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), European Commission
Didier Houssin, President, Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education (AERES)
John F. Ryan, Acting Director of the Public Health directorate, Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), European Commission

Moderated by Giles Merritt, Director, Security & Defence Agenda 

The dinner is strictly by invitation only.