The European Union system for the monitoring and collection of information on zoonoses is based on Directive 2003/99/EC, which obliges the Member States of the European Union (EU) to collect data on the occurrence of zoonoses, zoonotic agents, antimicrobial resistance, animal populations and food-borne outbreaks. EFSA is assigned the tasks of examining these data and publishing annual European Union Summary Reports in cooperation with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). ECDC provides and analyses the data on zoonotic infections in humans. These reports illustrate the evolving situation in the EU and identify the pathogens that cause the most common zoonotic infections in humans.
National zoonoses country reports are used as a basis for the EFSA and ECDC European Union Summary Reports on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, zoonotic agents, antimicrobial resistance and food-borne outbreaks in the European Union. The information given covers both zoonoses that are important for the public health in the whole European Union as well as zoonoses, which are relevant on the basis of the national epidemiological situation. The reports include information reported regarding animals, food, feeding stuffs and food-borne outbreaks.