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Revamping the EU’s public health strategy post-COVID-19 

MEPs are to debate a much-needed overhaul of the EU’s public health policy with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, on Wednesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed gaps in the way the EU and its member states deal with public health emergencies. On Wednesday evening, Parliament will debate with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides how to ensure that health systems across the EU are better equipped and coordinated to face future health threats. A resolution will be put to the vote on Friday.


Primary responsibility for public health and, in particular, healthcare systems lies with the member states. However, the EU has an important role to play in improving public health, preventing and managing diseases, mitigating sources of danger to human health, and harmonising health strategies between member states.

Parliament has consistently promoted the establishment of a coherent EU public health policy and in a resolution on the post-2020 EU budget revision and economic recovery plan, MEPs insisted that a new stand-alone European health programme should be created.

The Commission has since presented a proposal for 9.4 billion EUR EU4Health programme for 2021-2027 as part of the Next Generation EU recovery plan.

Procedure: Resolutions on topical subjects (RSP)


Debate: Wednesday, 8 July at 20.00

Vote: Friday, 10 July