Health Ministers from the Global Health Security Initiative met in Berlin to discuss the future priorities to strengthening global health security. The Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI) is an informal, international partnership between France , Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the United States, the European Commission and the World Health Organisation, established in 2001 to strengthen health preparedness and response globally to threats of biological, chemical, radio-nuclear terrorism (CBRN) and pandemic influenza.
The European Commission is committed to strengthen the health security framework and appreciates this strong partnership with the international partners. Since its establishment in 2001, the GHSI partnership has undertaken a broad program of work aimed at strengthening preparedness and response to a range of global health security threats. In particular, the GHSI made important progress on key elements, such as:
Complementary to the work in the context of the Global Health Security Initiative the European Commission is currently cooperating with the European Parliament and the Council to strengthen the health security framework in Europe. Comprehensive legislation is in place for communicable diseases; by proposing legislation on serious cross border threats the Commission intends to ensure a similar good protection to European citizens against other serious cross-border health threats caused by chemical or environmental events.