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Public Health (23-04-2009)

EU Health Prize for Journalists: Jury names now published

In February 2009, EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou launched the EU Health Prize for Journalists.The prize is part of the "Europe for patients" campaign which Commissioner Vassiliou set up in September 2008, highlighting 10 health policy initiatives the Commission adopts in 2008-2009. All these are bound by a common goal: better healthcare for all in Europe. The 10 initiatives of the campaign address patients' rights in cross-border health care, patient safety, rare diseases, organ donation and transplantation, cancer, health workforce, flu and childhood vaccination, mental health and prudent use of antibiotics.
The Prize rewards journalists who have contributed in a significant way to help citizens understand health issues under the campaign, and through their work reflect patients' and health workers' expectations and thoughts.
The selection of the winner will be a two-step procedure:
1) National juries, one for each Member State, select one national nominee.
2) An EU jury selects the winner and two runners-up of the EU-wide award.
Names of jury members, both at national and at the EU level, are now available on the Europe for Patients website at Each jury consists of renowned journalists, public health experts and Commission officials.
The EU Jury will award the outstanding written articles (press or on-line) published between 2 July 2008 and 15 June 2009 in one of the official languages of the European Union. The Prize will be awarded in autumn 2009.
For more information:
Europe for Patients campaign and the Prize:
Names of jury members in the EU countries:
To submit your article: