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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2018
E-001970/2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

The competence for vaccination policies and how they are organised, including the decision on the mandatory or voluntary character of vaccination programmes, lies with the EU Member States.

As the Commission pointed out in its reply to written questions E-005725/2017 and E-006142/2017, the Commission sees vaccination as one of the most cost-effective public health tools and is keen to support cooperation between Member States on national immunisation programmes.

In this context, the Commission adopted on 26 April 2018 a Commission Communication(1) and a proposal for a Council Recommendation on Strengthened Cooperation against Vaccine Preventable Diseases(2) by which — amongst other actions — it proposes to establish, in close collaboration with the Member States, a European vaccination information portal to provide objective, transparent and updated evidence on vaccines, their benefit and safety, and the pharmacovigilance process. It also highlights the need for increased communication and awareness raising activities on the benefits of vaccination, and expresses its intention to host an EU public awareness initiative in order to strengthen the impact of the annual European Immunisation Week.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/vaccination/docs/com2018_2452_en.pdf
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/vaccination/docs/com2018_2442_en.pdf

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