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Other Issues (14-09-2009)

Online debate on consumers┬┤ health and safety at EU level starts on September 14

To mark the 10th anniversary of its creation the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) is launching an on-line discussion on European health and consumer policy. A dedicated channel on the Debate Europe forum ( will be open in all EU official languages from 14 September to 9 October 2009.

EU health and consumer policy touches many aspects of the daily life of Europeans, from the safety of the food they eat or the products they use, to the protection they enjoy when making purchases - be they abroad or online, to the promotion of healthy living and medical services across our borders.

But does the general public consider that EU health and consumer policy has had an impact on their lives? If so, was it helpful or did they have negative experiences? And are there still issues where the EU should intervene - or do better?

An on-line debate will provide Europeans with a good opportunity to make their voices heard on health and consumer policy and to get involved in a discussion with others. The conclusions of the on-line discussion will be presented during a special anniversary seminar on 23 October 2009 which will be attended by current and former Commissioners, stakeholders and the media.