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    The Role of the Joint Procurement Agreement during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Assessing Its Usefulness and Discussing Its Potential to Support a European Health Union


    McEvoy, Emma and Ferri, Delia (2020) The Role of the Joint Procurement Agreement during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Assessing Its Usefulness and Discussing Its Potential to Support a European Health Union. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11 (4). pp. 851-863. ISSN 1867-299X

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    Abstract

    In 2014, the European Joint Procurement Agreement (JPA) was introduced as an innovative instrument to organise the procurement of vaccines and medications in preparation for pandemics. An overriding purpose of the JPA is to secure equitable and cost-effective access to medical supplies for participating EU Member States during serious health crises. This article aims to understand the current use of the JPA in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Post analysis of the recent use of the JPA, the article will discuss how the regional procurement mechanism can be strengthened to support the development of a European Health Union. In particular, the article will firstly question if the recent four JPA procurement actions facilitated equitable access to medical supplies and services. Secondly, it will ask if the centralised procurement actions preserved the integrity of the Internal Market. The importance and originality of this study are that it addresses an instrument, the JPA, which has been largely overlooked by legal scholars, and it explores how the provisions for the joint procurement of medical countermeasures as included in Article 5 of Decision 1082/2013/EU on serious cross-border threats to health could be extended to support the functioning of a European Health Union.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published article, which is available at: MCEVOY, E., & FERRI, D. (2020). The Role of the Joint Procurement Agreement during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Assessing Its Usefulness and Discussing Its Potential to Support a European Health Union. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11(4), 851-863. doi:10.1017/err.2020.91
    Keywords: Public procurement; Joint Procurement Agreement; European Health Union; EU law;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 15596
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/err.2020.91
    Depositing User: Delia Ferri
    Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 16:51
    Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Risk Regulation
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
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