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Information and Consultation layers

Information and consultation of a wide audience of interested and concerned parties is an essential part in the development of the " Action Plan 2004-2010". To reach this goal a number of groups (pdf ~90K) have been established.

  • Stakeholders Information and Consultation meetings: ad hoc meetings, organised when required and where representatives from states and organisations participate together with individuals. The first meeting of this kind took place on 11 July 2003 in Brussels. A second stakeholder meeting is foreseen on 19 March 2004 in Brussels.
  • Consultative Group and Technical Working Groups: a number of groups, each of them with a specific role and mandate. Those groups are operational at least during 2003-2004. Members of those groups are representatives from Member States, Acceding Countries, as well as from a broad range of European-wide stakeholder organisations and environment and health experts. A Preliminary Meeting of the Consultative Group was held on 10th September in Brussels. Second meeting of the Consultative Group was convened on 18-19 December 2003 to evaluate the baseline reports presented by the TWGs. On 18-19 December 2003 and on 3-4 March 2004 the complete Consultative Group will meet in Brussels. The Technical Working Groups kicked off during the Regional Conferences from 6-17 October.
  • Action Plan 2004-Task Force : a working group of European Commission officials from the relevant services (environment, health, research). This Task Force is the technical secretariat for the implementation of the strategy and the preparation of the « Action Plan 2004-2010 ».


Stakeholders Information and Consultation Meeting on 11 July 2003 in Brussels


Consultative Group and Technical Working Groups

In the preparation of the « Action Plan 2004-2010 », the European Commission co-operates closely with Member States, Acceding Countries, European bodies (European Environment Agency, European Food Safety Authority), Networks of Regional and Local Authorities and a broad commmunity of European-wide Stakeholder Organisations: Civil Society, NGO, Research, Industry and International Organisations (World Health Organisation).

For this purpose a number of groups have been established: a "Consultative Group on environment and health" (pdf ~150K) and three Technical Working Groups, divided in several sub-groups (pdf ~50-100K). In total about 300 experts are involved in this exercise.

1. Technical Working Group on indicators and priority diseases with the following subgroups:

  • Environment and health indicators
  • Childhood respiratory diseases, asthma, allergies
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Childhood cancer

2. Technical Working Group on integrated monitoring with the following subgroups:

  • Integrated monitoring of dioxins & PCBs
  • Integrated monitoring of heavy metals
  • Integrated monitoring of endocrine disrupters
  • Biomonitoring of children

3. Technical Working Group on Research Needs

The Commission called for participation in the Groups during the "Stakeholders Information & Consultation Meeting" on Friday 11 July 2003 in Brussels.

With regard to the procedure for obtaining participation in the groups, three different cases are to be distinguished:

  1. Member States and Acceding Countries have been invited to nominate their delegates in the Groups (health department and environment department). Member States could equally apply for a chair/co-chair of a Working Group. Acceding Countries could apply for a co-chair. A letter on this issue has been addressed to the Permanent Representations at the EU and to the High Level Committee on Health.
  2. Commission Services and EU bodies (EEA, EFSA) have been invited to participate in the groups and to confirm their participation as a member by electronic mail. Commission Services, the European Environmental Agency and the European Food Safety Authority could apply for a chair/co-chair of a working group.
  3. European-wide organisations and major networks representing the wider Stakeholder Community have been invited to apply for participation in the Groups. Those organisations have been invited to identify their representative in their application. The Commission has evaluated the applications from these organisations and decided on their participation according to three criteria: level of representation, European-wide character, and specific expertise. Major organisations could apply for a co- chair.

The list of members of the different Technical Working Groups and their mandates are available on the above-mentioned websites related to the work of the nine TWGs.

More information (pdf ~150K) on participation in the groups.


Second Stakeholders Information and Consultation Meeting on the "European Environment and Health Strategy", 19 March, 2004


For further information, please contact:

European Commission
Directorate-General for Environment, Health & Consumer Protection, Research, Joint Research Centre