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Other Issues (22-05-2007)

Conference to take stock of the Healthy Democracy process

Meglena Kuneva, Commissioner for Consumer Protection, will give the opening address tomorrow at a conference to discuss greater stakeholder involvement in EU activities related to consumer protection, health and food safety. The conference, which will be held in Brussels, will take stock of the extensive stakeholder consultation, entitled "Healthy Democracy", which was launched by the Commission's DG Health and Consumer Protection last year. The objective of the "Healthy Democracy" process was to look into how the Commission could increase contact with citizens on consumer protection, health and food safety policies, and maximise their input on these issues. Participants at the conference will have the opportunity to hear the findings and recommendations of the "Healthy Democracy" process, and to discuss how stakeholders at national, regional and local level could be more involved in the policy and decision making processes in these areas. In the long term, the plan is to establish a solid network of stakeholders and research bodies, who would provide regular contributions to the decision-making process. Director General of DG Health and Consumer Protection Robert Madelin will also take part in the conference, and Philippe Brunet from the Cabinet of Health Commissioner Kyprianou, will make the closing remarks at the event.
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