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Eurosurveillance, Volume 7, Issue 51, 18 December 2003

Citation style for this article: Von Holstein I. Ministers decide the ECDC shall be in Sweden and the EFSA in Italy. Euro Surveill. 2003;7(51):pii=2344. Available online:

Ministers decide the ECDC shall be in Sweden and the EFSA in Italy

Isabella von Holstein (, Health Protection Agency Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London, England

The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) will have its seat in Sweden at a location to be determined by the Swedish government, and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA, will be situated in Parma, Italy. This was decided at a meeting of the European Council, made up of heads of state or government, which took place on 13 December 2003 (1,2). In a surprise move at the European Summit, ministers decided on the location of the seats of ten European agencies, with competencies ranging from information security and police training to maritime, railway and aviation safety. The establishment of these offices and agencies - whether they have already been set up or are about to be set up - will allow the Union’s action to develop in these important sectors.

The EFSA’s management board was set up in September 2002, and the EFSA has been operational since May 2003. Its temporary home has been in Brussels (3). Legislation to set up the ECDC is expected to be finalised in the first semester of 2004, with the intention of the Centre becoming operational in early 2005 (4). The European Commission has a website with information about the ECDC at

  1. European Council. Conclusions of the Representatives of Member States. Brussels: European Council; 13 December 2003. ( [accessed 18 December 2003]
  2. European Food Safety Authority. EFSA welcomes decision on permanent location. Press release, 15 December 2004. ( [accessed 18 December 2003]
  3. Hoile E. New chairs named at first meeting of European Food Safety Authority. Eurosurveillance Weekly 2002; 6(39): 26/09/2002. (
  4. Von Holstein I. Progress on the establishment of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Eurosurveillance Weekly 2003; 7(49): 04/12/03. (

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