Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, began a four day visit to China on 22 September 2009.
In Beijing, the Commissioner met Ministers in charge of the issues under her portfolio. She had contacts with the municipal authorities and she spoke to business leaders and students addressing all the areas of her portfolio: food safety, animal health and public health issues. Androulla Vassiliou met Niu Dun, Chinese Vice-Minister for Agriculture, and Wang Yong, Director of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), to discuss food safety and in particular the progress made on the Memoranda of Understanding between the Commissioner and the Chinese authorities on animal health, food safety and product safety. Specific issues concerning food trade and the EU's safety standards were discussed with particular emphasis on the issue of controls on food exported to the EU.
Androulla Vassiliou also met her Chinese counterpart Chen Zu, Chinese Minister for Health. They approved an agreement on Terms of Reference establishing a new dialogue in the public health area. This agreement lays the foundations for regular exchange of information and best practice between the EU and China, to promote health. Other important issues in this agreement include the implementation of international health agreements on tobacco and communicable diseases, and involvement of civil society in health policy development.
Androulla Vassiliou also delivered a speech to students at the Chinese National School of Administration on crisis management drawing on EU experience in food safety policy and the recent example of the Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.
Finally, Commissioner Vassiliou visited Shanghai and met the director of the Shanghai Centre of Disease Control and toured the Shanghai 2010 Exhibition site.
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||Views of Shanghai (4 shots)
||Exterior view of the Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention
||Arrival of Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health (3 shots)
||Round table of the meeting (4 shots)
||Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): I wish you all the best and all the success; on our part I am sure that the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) will do all its best to offer its assistance; any information that they might give you, I am sure they will share it with you.
||Round table (2 shots)
||Androulla Vassiliou leaving
||Arrival of Androulla Vassiliou at the Shanghai Expo site and visit (6 shots)
||Works at the Shanghai Expo site (2 shots)
||Androulla Vassiliou visiting the Shanghai Expo site (3 shots)
||Round table of the meeting of Androulla Vassiliou with the Shanghai Expo Bureau (5 shots)
||Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): this is the first time that the EU is participating in a world expo outside the EU countries and this is in itself an indication of the importance that we give to our relations with China; that is of course why I am in China, because I met with colleagues in the Ministries to discuss various issues and to strengthen our relations even more.
||Round table (3 shots)
||Handshake and departure (3 shots)