ECDC activities on country support

Country Support initiative: Getting closer to the countries

In June 2016, the ECDC Management Board approved ECDC Country Support Strategy, which aims for ECDC to get closer to the countries through a coordinated approach to countries’ expressions of needs, priority setting and implementation of country support activities across the Centre.

ECDC’s vision for its country support is based on provisions of the ECDC Founding Regulation (851/2004) and foresees "well-coordinated capacities across Europe to effectively prevent, detect, assess and control communicable diseases that threaten the health of the European population."
The purpose of establishing a new mechanism for ECDC country support is two-fold:

  1. to provide all EU/EEA countries with an equal opportunity to express their needs and shape priorities for action in communicable disease prevention and control at the EU-level, and
  2. to facilitate a better understanding of the varying health systems and needs of European countries.

ECDC Country Support Mechanism will be implemented through a regular call for expressions of needs, which will be submitted by Coordinating Competent Bodies (CCBs) of the Member States (MS). These expressions of needs will then be reviewed in light of eligibility (i.e. must fall within ECDC mandate), four key criteria:

  1. public health importance;
  2. EU added value;
  3. resources and commitments offered by the beneficiary country, and
  4. expressions of needs submitted by less-resourced MS) and the available resources for implementation of ECDC activities.


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Overview of Types of ECDC Support Activities

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ECDC Country Support Strategy

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Europe’s defences against communicable diseases is not stronger than its weakest links. ECDC has an important complementary role to support the efforts of the Commission and the Member States to ensure that capacities are adequate to meet the needs.

Country Support Strategy 2016 - EN - [PDF-467.07 KB]