Pandemic influenza in the UK and EU competence in health security policy

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The European Commission’s competence in health security has grown incrementally and this article documents these developments. It highlights that the 2009 influenza pandemic in the UK can be described as a critical juncture in that it led to the establishment of a formal EU Health Security Committee and further legislative changes. Although cross-EU cooperation for health threats makes sense within a borderless territory, the increasing ‘Europeanisation’ of health security functions is not without its policy challenges, which largely stem from the risk of national policy-makers being protectionist around the sharing of information on data and preparedness planning for health security threats.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-26
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • pandemic influenza
  • health security
  • Europeanisation
  • contingencies
  • public health


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