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Other Issues (15-04-2005)

Commissioner Kyprianou on visit to USA

Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, has begins a 4 day visit the United States on Sunday. He will use the trip to discuss a broad range of issues with US counterparts including obesity, trans-Atlantic co-operation on tackling pandemics, the new European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and collaboration in dealing with common food safety and consumer protection issues. The Commissioner will also take the opportunity to discuss GMOs in light of the recent announcement that unauthorised BT10 has been inadvertently released onto the US market and subsequently exported to the EU.

Commissioner Kyprianou’s programme includes addresses to the 7th annual meeting of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), the OECD workshop on “Consumer Dispute Resolution and Redress”, the European Institute, and the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA). He will also have meetings with acting Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Tony Wayne, the Secretary of the US Health and Human Services Department Michael Leavitt, FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns and Senator Chuck Grassley.

On Thursday, the Commissioner will visit Julie Gerberding, Director of US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) in Atlanta. This will be an opportunity for him to hear ideas and experiences on tackling the threat of communicable diseases, in light of the official inauguration of the new ECDC next month.

For press release and full programme of Commissioner Kyprianou’s visit to the USA, see: IP/05/433 and MEMO/05/127