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EU Health Emergency Mechanism

Opinion Number: CDR 2142/2020
Rapporteur: SACRÉDEUS Birgitta
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 14/10/2020
Faced with a global health crisis of unprecedented scale, the CoR president called for an EU Health Emergency Mechanism to ensure that the EU is better equipped in future. The call was supported by CoR Conference of Presidents. Although the EU institutions have actively supported the Member States in their fight against COVID-19, more needs to be done – now and in the future – to help local and regional authorities in their health and emergency response.

The opinion would lay down the political and strategic objectives of the new EU Health Emergency Mechanism, reflecting on how to go beyond the existing legal framework to set up the new, more flexible and quicker tool to act faster, more decisively and targeting the most affected regions.
The opinion should provide a political reading of the EU HEM proposal and provide guidance on its strategic implementation.
The overall objective should be to assist immediately affected territories and in the longer term reflect on how to improve the resilience of Europe's cities and regions.