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Public Health (07-10-2005)

Commissioner Kyprianou calls for stronger partnerships to bridge health gaps

Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, today called for greater collaboration between the EU, Member States and civil society, in order to tackle the disparities in health that exist within Europe. Speaking at the 8th European Health Forum in Gastein, the Commissioner said: “There is much we can do to bridge health inequalities if we work together, involving all players in close partnership.” He pointed out that by working together, Member States can learn from each other and help each other face common challenges, such as influenza or obesity, with better overall results. The Commissioner underlined the importance of partnerships with civil society as central to fostering a culture of health in the EU which would see citizens encouraged to make healthier lifestyle choices. He also outlined the work being done by the Commission to mainstream public health into other EU policy areas, such as regional policy, and stressed the important impact that public health can have on economic growth and competitiveness across the EU.

The European Health Forum is an annual event, organised in cooperation with the European Commission. Its aim is to provide a platform for discussion for stakeholders in the field of public health and health care, and participants include politicians, senior decision-makers, representatives of interest groups, and experts from all the fields of public health. On this occasion a new book sponsored by the European Commission, “The Contribution of health to the economy in the European Union”, will be launched. More information will follow in a separate e-news."

The Commissioner’s speech will soon be available at:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/health/index.html

To read more about the European Health Forum Gastein, see;
http://www.ehfg.org/en/index.html