The European Parliament has voted to create a new permanent subcommittee for public health matters. In the Plenary session, MEPs set out the responsibilities and size of the new Public Health subcommittee, which will sit under the the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). Subcommittees may be formed at the request of an already established standing committee, in the interests of this committee’s work, however, they cannot adopt legislative texts.
The subcommittee on public health will comprise 30 members and will deal with programmes and specific actions in the field of public health, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, the European Medicines Agency, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The ENVI committee remains responsible for examining and voting on legislative proposals. More information on the subcommittee is available at: