Birgitta Sacrédeus, member of Dalarna County Council will be serving as the European Committee of the Regions Rapporteur for the opinion on a Health Emergency Mechanism for Europe aimed at better supporting regional and local leaders to provide health services.

Reacting to her appointment as Rapporteur, Sacrédeus said “An EU Health Emergency Mechanism is necessary to have tools in emergency situations now and in the future.” Speaking on the added value of the EU Health Emergency Mechanism she said that the EU has an important supportive and coordinating role in such an emergency.

Healthcare systems of most Member States (19/27) are decentralised and have been under extreme pressure due to the quick spread of the pandemic and the high number of patients hospitalised. Local and regional authorities have been quick to mobilise funding and resources to fight the pandemic. Read more here. The proposed mechanism will ensure that the EU is able to concentrate its resources and actions in a coordinated way in future times of crisis. The mechanism will facilitate coordination with respect to supply and distribution of essential medical equipment throughout the EU as well as coordination of measures to reduces the spread of a pandemic.

Earlier this year, the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Apostolos Tzitzikostas had said that the mechanism is necessary not only to save lives but also to increase our resilience for tomorrow. Local and regional leaders have backed the setting up of a European Health Emergency Mechanism in a declaration entitle Local and regional authorities as actors of the European response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The opinion is set to touch with various health aspects including joint procurement, stock-piling, medicine shortages, cross-border healthcare and vaccines. Discussion between political groups and members of the NAT Commission will take place online. The opinion will be adopted by the NAT Commission on 18 of June and adoption by the Committee of the Regions is expected in the October Plenary.

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