European Environment and Health
Information and Consultation
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
- 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
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
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
(pdf ~150K) on participation
in the groups.
Information and Consultation Meeting on the "European
Environment and Health Strategy", 19 March, 2004
For further information, please contact:
Directorate-General for Environment, Health & Consumer
Protection, Research, Joint Research Centre