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Health & Consumer Voice - December - 2008 Edition

Commission hosts first EU-China-US product safety summit

EU Consumer Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, the US Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nancy Nord, and the Chinese vice-Minister of AQSIQ, Wei Chuanzhong, met on 7 November in Brussels for the first high-level trilateral summit on product safety. The high level meeting was intended to send a strong political signal of the determination of all sides to keep product safety at the top of the international political agenda, recognising that open markets can only be built on strong and secure management of global product supply chains.

European focus on rare diseases The European Commission adopted on 11 November a Communication and a proposal for a Council Recommendation on rare diseases setting out an overall Community strategy to support Member States in diagnosing, treating and caring for the 36 million EU citizens with rare diseases. The limited number of patients affected and the fragmentation of knowledge about them across the European Union, makes rare diseases a prime example of where working at European level is necessary and beneficial.
New video on mental health Breaking the stigma around mental illness is one of the Commission’s priorities. This video, presented by the European Commission on the occasion of World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2008, highlights examples of successful initiatives such as the European Alliance Against Depression and initiatives promoting corporate social responsibility in the workplace.
First European Masters course on Consumer Policy launched Ms Meglena Kuneva, European Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, officially inaugurated the very first European Masters course on Consumer Policy on 9 November. This Masters course will be offered in 3 cities in 9 EU Member States: Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and the United Kingdom.
Global Health Security Initiative The next ministerial week of the Global Health Security Initiative is taking place in Brussels on - 5 December 2008, hosted by the European Commission. The Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI) is an informal, international partnership among like-minded countries to strengthen health preparedness and response globally to threats of biological, chemical, radio-nuclear terrorism (CBRN) and pandemic influenza.
"One Health": a new website promoting biosecurity in the EU Lasting from 10 to 16 November, the EU Veterinary Week 2008 aimed to increase the awareness of the EU’s Animal Health Strategy for 2007–2013. The Vet Week action is nonetheless not over, as a wide communication campaign has been launched on this occasion and a new website promoting biosecurity is now available to all citizens. Resulted from a partnership between the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, the campaign "One Health" has indeed biosecurity as its overarching theme.
Season’s greetings from DG SANCO Directorate-General for Health & Consumers and the European Commission warmly wish you Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!!!