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Public Health (07-11-2005)

Open health forum: addressing future health challenges

Health challenges and future health strategy is the theme of this year’s Open Health Forum, which is being hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on 7-8 November. Around 400 representatives from the EU institutions, non-governmental organisations and international bodies will participate in discussions on current and potential public health issues, and the contribution that the EU can make in addressing them.

Robert Madelin, Director-General of DG Health and Consumer Protection, will open the Forum, Philippe Brunet, Deputy head of the Cabinet of Commissioner Kyprianou will then present the main priorities of the Commissioner. After that, the plenary debate will be chaired by Director of the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Zsuzsanna Jakab. The significance of the EU when it comes to tackling health challenges is the topic of the plenary session, while 3 smaller parallel sessions on Tuesday afternoon will discuss the development of EU Health Strategy, Health Products, and Health Services.

The aim of the Open Health Forum is to provide a platform through which pan-European stakeholders in the field of health can network, exchange ideas, share experiences and provide input into EU policy. Stakeholder consultation is a key aspect in the development of EU health policy, and is set to be further reinforced through the new Health and Consumer Programme for 2007-13. The Open Health Forum is an important annual event in this respect.

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