Nevertheless, U.S. lawyers would be well advised to develop expertise on these laws to ensure that mutual aid agreements are negotiated on a sound legal basis and meet the common objectives of the U.S. and Mexican states and Canadian provinces. Relations between national and provincial governments in Canada are similar, in some way, to relations between federated states and federated states in the United States and do not appear to be an obstacle to the creation of mutual assistance agreements26 Although different legal norms certainly cause some areas of disagreement and the need for further discussion and negotiation, of national and provincial lawyers in Canada expressed support for dialogue. r questions available as soon as they occur. Given that the MAA`s objectives include the sharing of stocks, equipment and personnel in undeclared emergency scenarios, the MAA must address the «binding» constitutional issue in its planned intergovernmental agreements. The question of whether Congressional approval could be obtained through an amendment to EMAC or another mechanism remains open. In any case, MAA public health officials have begun discussions with the boards of governors and emergency management officials in MAA member states on the advice to pursue an «undeclared emergency» authority. Future directions will certainly be influenced by the outcome of these discussions. In response to the growing recognition of the importance of mutual assistance agreements, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention`s Public Health Law Programme has launched efforts to characterize the legal framework for mutual assistance. In particular, the programme gathered information on mutual assistance and related laws for categories of intergovernmental and international mutual assistance, systematically collected and synthesized information, conducted additional basic legal research, and evaluated and identified legal approaches to achieve effective mutual assistance.
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