***PRESS COMMUNIQUE***

Brussels, 27 November 2009

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes the move by President Barroso to follow recommendations from the public health community by transferring pharmaceutical policy from the portfolio of the Entreprise and Industry Commissioner to the Commissioner for Health and Consumers.

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, has announced the portfolio responsibilities for the next Commission. The new Health and Consumer Policy portfolio will now include responsibility for pharmaceutical products and medical devices. These changes will be reflected at the level of the directorate generals, with the Pharmaceutical Products and Cosmetics and Medical Devices Units F.2 and F.3, and consequently the European Medicines Agency, moved from DG Enterprise and Industry (ENTR) to DG Health and Consumers (SANCO).

"We are certain that this governance change puts public interests and the health of Europeans at the centre of vital decisions affecting our health. With the responsibility for pharmaceutical and medical devices policies and for the European Medicines Agency too, the Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner is now better equiped to lead a consistent and coherent approach to public health policy and more specifically to ensure protection of patients and safety of medicines throughout the European Union.", said Monika Kosinska, Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance. Moreover, "This bold decision by President Barroso demonstrated the power of political leadership and enables the European Commission to fulfill its Treaty responsibility as the guardian of public health.", she added.

***NOTES FOR EDITORS****

EPHA is the European Platform bringing together public health organisations representing professional groups, patients, health promotion and disease specific NGOs and other health associations.

EPHA has been advocating for this crucial governance change for several years and has voiced this message to President Barroso, the Heads of State and Government and the European Parliament in a number of open letters and public statements.

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