Electronic Systems of Information Exchange as a Key Tool in EU Health Crisis and Disaster Management

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Abstract

Decision 1082/2013 on Serious Cross-border Health Threats (Health Threats Decision) was adopted in 2013 with the aim of preparing for and responding to serious health threats. In this legislation, the European Union adopts an “all-hazards” approach which strongly relies on the exchange of information as a driver of regulatory activities. This article first demonstrates that the electronic systems of information exchange constitute a key tool in EU Health Crisis and Disaster Management (“EHCDM”). Second, it identifies the distinctive features of these mechanisms in the EU context: the reinforcement of a statutory policy shift towards securitisation of public health, the peculiarity of the EU composite administrative procedures as well as the facilitation of the quality of the sense-making activities. Finally, the article uncovers the possible problems which may affect the adequate functioning of EHCDM and argues the routes for further research. The piece links legal analysis with the interdisciplinary conceptual lens to offer an important contribution to closer characterisation of the EHCDM as a field in its own right together with a better understanding of the EU public health law and administration in the context of transboundary crisis management and health security governance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Risk Regulation
Early online date10 Jan 2020
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Publication statusEarly online date - 10 Jan 2020

Bibliographical note

The financial support of the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 746014 is hereby acknowledged.

Keywords

  • EU public health law, transboundary crisis management, Health Threats Decision 1082/2013, regulation by information

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