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Epidemic preparedness and response: Europe listens to the citizens’ voice

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ASSET European project organized citizen’ consultations on issues related to pandemic and epidemic preparedness and response in 8 European countries on 24th September.

The event involved 50 citizens from each country, representative of the whole national population, according to a method developed and tested by the Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DBT). In France, the event took place in Lyon at Lyon University and was organizeb by Lyonbiopole and the University.

All the participants voiced their opinion, at the same time and with the same procedure, on a series of very important themes related to epidemics in four areas: Personal freedom and public health safety, Communication between citizens and public health authorities, Transparency in public health, Access to knowledge.

An Open session allowed citizens to provide policy makers with the most important recommendation. All the answers are being collected into a database, analysed and then discussed with a delegation of the European Parliament in spring 2017.

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