Expert Consultation on Harmonization of Surveillance Systems for Central and Eastern Europe (CCEE)

  Published: 06.03.06 Updated: 06.03.2006 14:40:34

Kuulo Kutsar

Health Protection Inspectorate, Estonia

An expert consultation meeting on the harmonization of surveillance systems for Central and Eastern Europe was held in Bucharest, Romania, from 7 to 9 December 2000 with the participation of 14 countries – Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of  Macedonia and Turkey. Participants in the meeting were technical experts with responsibilities in communicable disease surveillance at national level. The meeting was supported by expert input from individuals with experience of taking similar action in the European Union.

Main objectives of the expert consultation meeting were:

  •  convening an expert group that would help to identify, prioritize and coordinate developments of networks on communicable diseases in the countries of CCEE,
  • promoting collaboration between the CCEE countries in communicable disease surveillance to enable effective public health action,
  • reviewing and facilitating communications so that views and information can be exchanged between those active in the field of communicable disease surveillance in the CCEE and with existing international committees on the surveillance of communicable diseases in other areas,
  • developing active and timely collaborative responses to threats to public health,
  • identifying of areas as likely to be important include the harmonization of case definitions, methods of epidemiological investigation and monitoring systems, applying a new communication technology to ensure timeliness of reporting and which permits the exchange of notification data, their analysis and interpretation,
  • considering and learning from similar processes undertaken in the European Union.
  • The expert consultation meeting confirmed the need for the establishment of a CCEE-Baltics Communicable Disease Surveillance Network.