THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
considers that the objectives of securing EU health and protecting the population "cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States, either at central level or at regional and local level," and that greater EU intervention in this area is therefore in line with the principle of subsidiarity (para 3);
is concerned about HERA's ability to succeed (7) and points out that cities and regions have to play an active role alongside the EU and Member States in developing new approaches to protecting communities. This role must be recognised at national and European level in accordance with the principle of active subsidiarity (24);
finds that drawing up HERA's multiannual strategic plan is a top priority and must also involve the European Parliament, cities and regions (14);
considers it essential for HERA to develop, in partnership with the other relevant EU bodies, a health security vulnerability scoreboard and to build, together with the Member States and regions, response programmes for the various kinds of emergencies and stress test programmes for health systems (17);
stresses the need for an industrial and innovation policy ahead of crises, and the imperative need to create a new regulatory and support framework to give the EU sovereignty in the field of health and capacity to manufacture the products of R&I industrially (32); is convinced that what is happening in the field of semiconductors should be conceivable in the field of health (35).