ECDC is an EU agency aimed at strengthening Europe's defences against infectious diseases. The core functions cover a wide spectrum of activities: surveillance, epidemic intelligence, response, scientific advice, microbiology, preparedness, public health training, international relations, health communication, and the scientific journal Eurosurveillance.
ECDC disease programmes cover:
- Antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections
- Emerging and vector-borne diseases
- Food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses
- HIV, sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis
- Influenza and other respiratory viruses
- Vaccine-preventable diseases.
In 2021, ECDC continues to contribute to health security, giving particular attention to the following areas:
- Tackle antimicrobial resistance
- Improve vaccine coverage in the EU
- Support the European Commission and the Member States in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals in the area of HIV, TB and hepatitis
- Further support the European Commission and the Member States in strengthening the preparedness for cross-border health threats
- Focus on strategic partnerships to create synergy and avoid duplication of work
- Further enhance ECDC’s operational performance and monitoring.
The ECDC also monitors and provides information on COVID-19, and supports the response by Member States to the pandemic.
Meetings and visits
Have you been invited to a meeting organised by ECDC? Here you will find important information relevant to your attendance/visit.