Informal meeting of Ministers for Health: arrivals and statements by Androulla Vassiliou and Zofija Mazej Kukovič, Slovenian Minister for Health and President in office of the Council
End production: 17/04/2008
As part of Slovenia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Slovenian Ministry of Health hosted an Informal Meeting of Ministers for Health at Brdo pri Kranju on 17-18 April 2008.
On 17 April 2008, the central topic of the meeting was the reduction of the burden of cancer. The Ministers' discussion focused in particular on the areas and activities where, in their opinion, Community support affords the most significant added value. The Ministers also discussed the key elements of preventing and controlling cancer. Slovenia has made battling cancer one of the top priorities in the area of health during its Presidency of the EU. Based on the discussion at the informal meeting of Ministers for Health, conclusions of the Council were drawn up and submitted for adoption by the Council of Ministers at its regular meeting in June 2008.
Among Slovenia's Presidency priorities, specific emphasis is also placed on implementing the EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol-related harm. In this context, in the next part of the afternoon session, a presentation was given on the key messages of the third European Conference on Alcohol aimed at strengthening capacity building at European, national, regional and local levels with a view to effectively implementing programmes and policies to reduce alcohol-related harm.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Aerial view of Brdo Congress Centre
||Exterior view of the Congress Centre (3 shots)
||General view of the press conference room
||Marija Seljak, Director-General of the Public Health Directorate of the Slovenian Ministry of Health, (in SLOVENIAN) saying that the aim of the discussion on the subject of cancer is to highlight those areas in the management of cancer in which the European Union Member States can be more successful together than they would be individually; to find the added value in what they can do together and to acquaint themselves with the best practices in the Member States
||Arrival of Zofija Mazej Kukovič, Slovenian Minister for Health and President in office of the Council, and Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health
||Zofija Mazej Kukovič (in SLOVENIAN) saying that what is most significant as concerns cancer is for it to remain on the European political agenda all the time; because every fourth person in Europe becomes sick with cancer, it is urgent to undertake all measures - above all, measures for the young - , to raise the consciousness of the young so that they can get used to a healthy way of life
||Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH) saying that it is very important to exchange good practices among the Member States, learn from each other and set the standards for each Member to work on improving their own national health system;
saying that they should help the new Member States, and they should also transfer the good practices of the old States to the new States so that they gradually fill up the gap
||General atmosphere in the meeting room - roundtable (14 shots)