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Health EU portal

DG SANCO (Health and Consumers) of the European Commission has developed the ’Health EU portal’, the official public health portal of the European Union and its newsletter. The Portal is designed to be a central hub of information on all things related to health in Europe. It should give easy access to a selection of the latest news and activities in the field of public health at European and international level. Both the website and newsletter are fully multilingual (22 (...)

Health priorities in EU2020 - European Commission guide

The European Commission published a brief online article outlining where health is relevant in the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade. In the field of health, it aims at taking actions to ensure a better health for EU citizens, including healthy ageing, health at work and health inequalities. According to DG SANCO (Directorate General for Health, Consumer Protection and Animal Health), promoting good health is an integral part of Europe 2020, the (...)

European Commission public consultation on Public Health Threats

EPHA will be responding to the public consultation launched by the Commission on protecting citizens against crossborder public health threats. The submission deadline for responses is 29 April 2011. The aim of this consultation, managed by DG SANCO, is to seek the views of stakeholders on what action the European Commission should take to protect EU citizens more effectively against serious cross-border health threats. The Council of the European Union invited Member States in 2010 to (...)

European Medicines Agency imposes restrictions on activities of former Executive Director

*Update* March 2011 The EMA Management Board has imposed limitations to the activities of the former director and reaffirm principals of transparency and public trust following the open letter sent in February by EPHA, ALTER-EU, BEUC, Health Action International Europe, and the International Society of Drug Bullentins regarding the possible conflict of interests of a former EMA Executive Director taking up positions in the pharmaceutical industry. *Update* March 2011 Following the joint (...)

French Journalist wins EU Health Prize for Journalists

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers launched the EU Health Prize for Journalists in February 2009, as a part of the "Europe for Patients" campaign. The award gave recognition to excellence in journalism that brings awareness to health care issues and patients’ rights.The Prize was awarded in the spirit of respect for media freedom and pluralism and in the context of the Commission’s desire to improve communication between the European (...)
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Call for Expressions of Interest: EU Health Forum

The European Commission is renewing membership of the EU Health Forum. Organisations will be selected based on new criteria, and will participate for a period of three years until the end of the current EU Healthy Strategy in 2013. The call for expressions of interest is open until 17 October 2009. The EU Health Forum was established in 2001. The overarching goal of the Forum is to contribute to the development and implementation of actions to protect and improve the health of European (...)

DG SANCO’s Healthy Democracy Process: what progress so far?

Over two years have passed since the launch of the Healthy Democracy process by DG Health & Consumers. In March 2009, DG SANCO published a Report on what progress has been achieved. Background The Directorate General for Health & Consumers launched its Healthy Democracy process in 2006 in a climate of steadily growing pressure on EU institutions to increase their transparency and open up their working processes to be more participatory and inclusive of stakeholder input. In the (...)
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Renewal of Scientific Committees 2009

The European Commission adopts new Scientific Risk Assessment Advisory Structure of Scientific Committees. The new Scientific Risk Advisory Structure of Scientific Committees was approved by the Commission on 5 September 2008. The Advisory Structure will provide the Commission with high quality and independent scientific advice on matters related to consumer safety, public health, and the environment. A call for experts is expected to be announced within the next few weeks, and interested (...)

EU Open Health Forum - 10 & 11 December 2008

As a key element of the EU Health Forum, DG Health and Consumers protection organises the Open Forum as an annual conference and exhibition event. The Open Forum will take place on 10/11 December 2008 in Brussels with the overall theme "Developing and Implementing Health in the European Union". The objective of the Open Forum is to provide a platform for networking and exchange of ideas and views of different stakeholders of the European health community (health professionals’ (...)

Have your say on the development of the DG SANCO 2009 annual work plan

DG Sanco is giving civil society and the general public the opportunity to participate in setting priorities for its 2009 work plan of the 2008-2013 Public Health Programme. The public health programme, which runs for 5 years, is implemented through annual work plans setting out the areas to be funded that year. The work plan sets out an indicative budget and funding mechanism. These funding of these areas are defined by the priorities. DG SANCO has asked civil society and citizens to (...)
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