Informal meeting of Ministers for Health: group photo and extracts from the press conference
Type: Summary of press conference
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.
||Exterior view of the congress centre (2 shots)
||Group photo (2 shots)
||General view of the press conference (2 shots)
||Zofija Mazej Kukovič, Slovenian Minister for Health and President in office of the Council, (in SLOVENIAN) saying that for a disease such as cancer and, of course, for other diseases as well, we need an interdisciplinary approach; good treatment or a good operation is no longer enough; they must take a psycho-social approach in the area of healing: how to reintegrate the patient into the work place, how to return him to his family, how to infiltrate him back into society where he will live like a human being; they said that an action plan is necessary for all of Europe for managing cancer; they expect that from the Commission at their formal Council in Luxembourg in June
||Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, (in ENGLISH) saying that needless to say that cancer continues to be the second important cause of death in the whole of the European Union; they have to fight cancer, and the best way to fight it is by prevention; in order to achieve this and in order to succeed in their efforts, they have to involve the young people and make them actively involved in their efforts; because the most dangerous age of starting consumption of alcohol, smoking tobacco, obesity, etc, is at a young age; that is why they have to involve the young people in their efforts;
saying that she is pleased to say that the most successful screening plans that they have until now in the European Union is for breast cancer; of course, by saying that, she does not want to say that they have reached their target because there is a long way to go until they say that the chance is given to all women to have the screening for breast cancer
||Zofija Mazej Kukovič (in SLOVENIAN) saying that Europeans can together create a better, kinder and healthier world for them all
||Cutaways (2 shots)
||Exterior view of the congress centre