Entries for 2012

NATO-EU
New Threats
On November 29th, the SDA gathered together experts in the field of health security to discuss the European Commission's package on serious cross-border threats to health, which is due to be approved by the European Parliament in early 2013. SDA Director Giles Merritt asked the key questions "where is cross-border health security in Europe going?" Reactions from participants were positive, and all believes that with effective communication from EU bodies and national governments to their citizens, health security will be strengthened and the package a success.

Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Advisor to President Barroso, was confident that "the potential to be able to react and provide strategies to deal with expected and unexpected events is good". The main challenge lies in empowering citizens and providing them with the relevant information to react to and deal with an event in a good manner in order to realise this potential.
Meanwhile, Didier Houssin, President of the Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education (AERES), emphasised that the image of the pharmaceutical and medical products industries needed to be strengthened and improved in partnership with national governments, the EU and international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), as contrary to popular belief and media representations, these companies are "acting for the general interest" even if they are driven by economic force.
John F. Ryan, Acting Director for the Public Health directorate of the Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), was confident that although there is a need for enhanced collaboration on prepardness and response, helath security in Europe is improving, as member states learn from experience, with an already "impressive imporvement" in the way events are analysed and managed.
NATO-EU, Defence Economy
New Threats
NATO-EU, Defence Economy
NATO-EU
NATO-EU, Defence Economy
EU Home Affairs, NATO-EU, Defence Economy, New Threats
New Threats
NATO-EU
EU Home Affairs, NATO-EU, Defence Economy, New Threats
New Threats
New Threats