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Europe to have its own centre for disease control

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 19 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:426
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Union will have its own centre for disease prevention and control from next year after the European parliament gave the go-ahead for the initiative on 10 February.

    John Bowis, the British Conservative MEP who steered the legislation through the Strasbourg Assembly, insisted that the centre's resources would supplement, rather than replace, national measures reacting to health threats. It would also strengthen the informal ad hoc cooperation that now exists.

    “This demonstrates the positive contribution the EU can make by sharing good practice, …

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