Today the Commission published a report about the results of a consultation on a European Commission Green paper on Mental Health, launched in October 2005. On the same occasion, it presented the results of an Eurobarometer survey on mental wellbeing.
Markos Kyprianou - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection. Closing Speech and presentation of the award for the best European HIV/AIDS awareness television commercial AIDS. Remember Me? European Commission Night of the HIV/AIDS Television Commercials. Kinepolis, Brussels, 30 November 2006
Today in Brussels the Health Ministers Council reached a political agreement on the EU Health Programme 2007-2013. A formal common position will have to be adopted by the Council in early 2007, and the Programme will have to go through the European Parliament in second reading.
European Health Ministers will tomorrow hold a first round table discussion on health services, hosted by Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou. This follows up on the debate held by the European Commission on 5 September, and the Communication adopted on 26th September which launched a broad public consultation on this issue.
The European Commission has today adopted a proposal to ban the import, export and sale of cat and dog fur in the EU. There is evidence that cat and dog fur is being placed on the European market, usually undeclared as such or disguised as synthetic and other types of fur.
The European Commission today launched the _AIDS - Remember me?_ campaign website, paving the way for a _Night of the HIV/AIDS TV commercials_ to be held at the Kinepolis cinema in Brussels 30 November, the eve of World AIDS Day.
A Commission Decision to extend the bluetongue restriction zone in Germany, due to further outbreaks of the disease, was backed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health yesterday. The latest outbreaks have occurred in North-Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, and in Denekamp in the Netherlands close to the border with Germany.
Today in Brussels European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou publicly _named and praised_ several CEOs of major food, drink and retail industries for their commitments to tackling obesity made in the framework of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. The Platform gathers stakeholders to agree voluntary measures to combat overweight and promote physical activity.
Commission proposals on a number of food safety and animal health issues linked to the forthcoming accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU, have been backed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health. Member State veterinary experts voted in favour of granting a list of food establishments transitional periods in which to finish upgrading to EU standards.
Most Europeans consider themselves to be in good health, but 38% feel they are overweight, according to the results of the latest Eurobarometer on Health, Food and Nutrition presented by the European Commission today. The survey, which reveals that 95% of EU citizens agree that obesity is harmful for health, addresses the health and physical characteristics of Europeans, their diet and general eating habits, problems related to being overweight, and their physical activity levels.
A draft Commission Decision to allocate up to _11 506 000 to Bulgaria and Romania for the monitoring, eradication and control of animal diseases in 2007, was backed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health yesterday.
Markos Kyprianou - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection. The Commission challenges industry to cooperate on reducing alcohol related harm Speech by Commissioner Kyprianou to the European Forum on Responsible Drinking. Stockholm, 30 October 2006
A draft Commission Decision imposing mandatory counter testing for unauthorised GMOs in all imports of US long grain rice was endorsed today by Member State experts in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.
The European Commission today adopted a Communication setting out an EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm. The Communication addresses the adverse health effects of harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption in Europe, which is estimated to cause the deaths of 195,000 people a year in the EU.
Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, has welcomed the adoption of a new Directive on the health of farmed fish and shellfish and disease control in the aquaculture sector, at the Agriculture Council today.
The European Commission has approved a financial package of _193 million to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2007. The 155 programmes which were selected for EU funding will tackle animal diseases that impact both human and animal health. The large EU contribution towards these programmes reflects the high level of importance attached to disease eradication measures, for the protection of both animal and public health.
The European Commission today decided to pursue infringement procedures against those Member States that violate the EU tobacco advertising ban. It decided to refer Italy to the European Court of Justice for failure to correctly transpose the sponsorship ban for cross-border events.
A Commission proposal to take safeguard measures against a UK dairy, due to serious breaches of EU food safety rules, has been backed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health today.
Today in Brussels at an EU HIV/AIDS prevention round table, focussing on safer sex for young people, the Commission released results of the latest Eurobarometer on HIV/AIDS. The survey looks into public awareness and citizens_ behaviour in the context of the AIDS epidemic.
The newly established Pharmaceutical Forum is today expected to adopt its first progress report setting out how to improve information on medicines to patients, enhance value for money and access to medicines and ensure quicker access to effective medicines through relative effectiveness policies.
Markos Kyprianou - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection - Pharmaceutical Forum : delivering better information, better access and better prices. Address to the Members of the Pharmaceutical Forum. Brussels, 29 September 2006
This is the first progress report for the Pharmaceutical Forum. The Pharmaceutical Forum was established by Vice President Verheugen and Commissioner Kyprianou in June 2005 to examine the competitiveness of the European-based pharmaceutical industry and related public health issues.
The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the revised International Health Regulations 2005 (the IHR). Due to enter into force in June 2007, the IHR is an important legal instrument which aims to prevent and control the international spread of disease, while avoiding unnecessary interference with traffic and trade.
The European Commission has today published the results of the Eurobarometer 252 on consumer protection in the Internal Market. Over the last few years cross-border shopping has increased in the EU. 26% of EU citizens (EU 25) have made at least one cross-border purchase in the last 12 months, compared to 12% in 2003 (EU15).
The European Commission today launches a public consultation on how to ensure legal certainty regarding cross-border healthcare under Community law, and to support cooperation between the health systems of the Member States. Responses are sought by 31 January 2007. The Commission then plans to bring forward proposals later in 2007.
The EU Competitiveness Council today reached political agreement on a _156.8 million programme to support the EU consumer protection policy for the 2007-2013 period. The programme_s main objectives are to ensure high levels of consumer protection, through effective representation of consumer interests, and to ensure that consumer protection rules are effectively applied across the Union.
The EU Competitiveness Council will meet in Brussels on Monday 25 September under the chairmanship of Mauri Pekkarinen, Finnish Minister of Trade and Industry. The European Commission will be represented by Vice President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, Charlie McCreevy, Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services, Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Janez Poto_nik, Commissioner for Science and Research and Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for Competition Policy.
Today the European Commission adopted a Communication on the implementation of Directive 1997/7/EC on Distance Selling, and launched a consultation in order to assess the need to update the Directive. All EU Member States have transposed the Directive, but some problems have emerged with its practical application.
The European Commission has today adopted a Communication entitled _Better training for safer food_, which addresses the issue of training EU and third country officials responsible for carrying out the necessary controls to ensure food safety and consumer protection in the EU. A solid body of food safety legislation is laid down at EU level, designed to protect human, animal and plant health, and allow the smooth operation of the internal market.
Today European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou, and People_s Republic of China Minister Li Changjiang, in charge of AQSIQ (Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine) signed a _Roadmap for safer toys_. The agreement aims at ensuring toys imported to the EU are safe.
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health today discussed the possible contamination of long grain rice imports from the United States by the unauthorised GMO LL601. Following a presentation by the Federation of European Rice Millers on the controls they are carrying out, Member States updated the Commission and each other on their controls.
The Commission today presents the results of a public consultation on promoting healthy diets and physical activity, with a focus on the prevention of overweight, obesity and chronic diseases. With around 14 million children in Europe currently overweight, of which more than 3 million are obese, this is now an urgent public health issue requiring co-ordinated action at EU level, as well as within Member States.
The European Commission today decided to launch a public consultation on how to ensure legal certainty regarding cross-border health services under Community law, and to support cooperation between the health systems of the Member States. The consultation will be based on a Communication to be drawn up by European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou setting out ideas for an EU framework for safe, high-quality and efficient healthcare services, reflecting the outcome of the orientation debate held today by the Commission.
The European Commission has today adopted a decision requiring imports of long grain rice from the USA to be certified as free from the unauthorised GMO LL Rice 601. The decision has been taken in light of the recent announcement by the US authorities that this unauthorised GMO had been found in samples of commercial rice on the US market.
A Commission Decision on protection measures to be taken against Bluetongue was backed by Member State veterinary experts in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health this afternoon. The Decision was drawn up in response to the recent outbreaks of this disease in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
The European Commission has been informed of confirmed outbreaks of Bluetongue in parts of Belgium and Germany, close to the border with the Netherlands. In Belgium, the virus was confirmed on 11 holdings in sheep in the Liege province, while German authorities reported findings in cattle on 8 holdings and in sheep on 1 holding in the Aachen/Düren area of the region of North Rhein Westphalia .
The European Commission has been informed of a confirmed outbreak of Bluetongue in sheep in the southern part of the Netherlands. Further investigations and laboratory testing are currently being performed at the Community Reference Laboratory in Pirbright (UK), to identify the strain involved.
This Memorandum provides additional information, maps and graphs related to IP/06/1097 on the forecast of cereal production and the impacts of drought. During the agricultural season, the Commission_s Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) regularly issues forecasts for the main crop yields and produces analyses of the impact of weather conditions on crop production. These are based on advanced methodologies using satellite remote sensing and mathematical models which simulate crop growth.
The European Commission has today adopted two Regulations aimed at reducing and controlling the prevalence of Salmonella in poultry and eggs across the EU. The first Regulation lays down targets for the reduction of Salmonella in laying hens, which in turn should lead to less Salmonella contamination in eggs.
The European Commission has adopted a package of legislative proposals which would introduce harmonised EU legislation on food enzymes for the first time and upgrade current rules for flavourings and additives. The texts aim to clarify and update current legislation in this area and to create a simplified common approval procedure for food additives, flavourings and enzymes, based on scientific opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
New harmonised EU rules for plant protection products, which aim to reinforce the protection of public health and and the environment, support sustainable development in agriculture, reduce animal testing, boost competitiveness for producers and increase availability of plant protection products for farmers, have been proposed by the European Commission today.
The European Commission has today written to Member States inviting them to take action to prevent serious accidents involving mini-motorbikes. In the last few months, the Commission has received 10 notifications from Member States concerning mini-motorbikes in the _Rapid Alert System_ of the General Product Safety Directive (RAPEX).
Europeans are well informed about avian influenza and have confidence in the actions of EU and national authorities to tackle it, but significant gaps in knowledge remain about the risks, according to a special Eurobarometer survey on avian influenza published today by the Commission and conducted in March and April.
According to an opinion of the Scientific Committee on Consumer products (SCCP) to the European Commission released today, the use of ultraviolet-radiation devices, tanning lamps and sunbeds, to achieve and maintain cosmetic tanning, is likely to increase the risk of malignant melanoma of the skin.
According to an opinion of the Scientific Committee on Consumer products (SCCP) to the European Commission released today, the use of ultraviolet-radiation devices, tanning lamps and sunbeds, to achieve and maintain cosmetic tanning, is likely to increase the risk of malignant melanoma of the skin...
A number of draft Commission Decisions introducing, amending and prolonging measures to protect the EU against avian influenza were backed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health today.
Notifications from EU Member States of risks to food safety rose by 22% in 2005 compared to the previous year, according to the annual report on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) published by the European Commission today.
Markos Kyprianou - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection The Animal Health Strategy of the European Union International Federation for Animal Health Conference - Brussels, 28 June 2006.
The European Commission has today decided to refer Germany to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for non-transposition of the Tobacco Advertising Directive 2003/33/EC. The Court referral follows the letter of formal notice sent in October 2005 and a reasoned opinion sent in February 2006. The referral to the ECJ is the next step in the infringement procedure.
On the occasion of the UN_s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Franco Frattini, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer protection stressed the European Commission_s commitment to international efforts to fight against drugs, support third countries through common project.
Drugs related health and social harm, and drug related crime are perceived as a major concern by public opinion. Since the 1990's, a European model, based on a balanced and integrated approach to drugs has been developed. Action against drug supply, including the adoption of EU legal instruments to fight trafficking, and action on reducing demand and protecting health are equally important and mutually supportive.
The European Commission today adopted a Communication and Action Plan with the aim of reducing the burden of accidents and injuries, which are the fourth major cause of death in the EU, killing some 235,000 EU citizens each year.
Markos Kyprianou - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Commission Priorities for Food Safety and Public Health in 2007 Address to the Environment Committee of the EP - Brussels, 20 June 2006
The Hungarian authorities have informed the European Commission of a confirmed outbreak of avian influenza in a domestic flock of geese in Bács-Kiskun, in the south of the country. The tests carried out so far have shown that is a H5 highly pathogenic strain, while it is still to be determined whether or not this is the H5N1 strain.
A draft Commission proposal to extend the import ban on Romanian live poultry and poultry products to cover the whole country has been endorsed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health.
The Commission is today launching a wide public consultation on the Timeshare Directive (94/47/EC). Timeshare contracts entitle consumers to spend a period of time (at least one week) in a holiday property for at least three years.
The European Commission and the Community Reference Laboratory (CRL) for Avian Influenza in Weybridge have published the results of the surveillance for avian influenza in wild birds carried out in the EU over the past 10 months.
The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs will meet in Luxembourg on June 1 and 2, 2006 under the joint presidency of Ms Haubner, Federal Minister for Social Security, Ms Rauch-Kallat, Federal Minister for Health and Women, and Mr Bartenstein, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Employment. The Commission will be represented by Commissioners _pidla and Kyprianou.
Markos Kyprianou, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, today welcomed the European Parliament_s 2nd Reading vote on the Health and Nutrition Claims Regulation, which paves the way for the adoption of this important piece of legislation.
Markos Kyprianou, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, has welcomed the European Parliament_s vote on the Fortified Foods Regulation today. This legislation will lay down common EU rules on the addition of vitamins, minerals and other substances to foods.
Markos Kyprianou - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, Tackling obesity and overweight _ a transatlantic perspective Closing speech to the EU - US Conference on Diet Physical Activity and Health - Brussels, 12 May 2006
What can the EU and the US learn from each other on tackling obesity? Can industry self-regulation work? These and other topics will be discussed today and tomorrow at an EU-US conference in Brussels hosted by the Commission and addressing diet, physical activity and health.
In 2005 at least one third of the European adult population, 130 million EU citizens, browsed the web in search of information on health. However, searching for health-related information is not always easy. Researchers can be confronted with thousands of sites, many of them complex, and it can be hard to know which are reliable or up to date. To help European citizens answer their health questions, the Commission has today launched the Health-EU Portal.
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has backed several Commission proposals to prolong certain measures aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of avian influenza in the EU until the end of the year. A Decision to give France more time to complete their vaccination programme and a Decision relating to a vaccination programme of avian species in zoos in Austria were also endorsed by the Committee.
Today the European Commission gave its support to an approach proposed by Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou and Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas on further steps to improve the scientific consistency and transparency for Decisions on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
In an effort to improve survival rates from breast cancer across Europe, the Commission has published today the fourth European Guidelines for Quality Assurance of Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis.
The European Commission today demonstrated that it is maintaining its strong line on tobacco advertising, by sending letters of formal notice to Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary and Spain for non-compliance with the Tobacco Advertising Directive 2003/33/EC.
European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou and several other Commissioners today had their breath tested for carbon monoxide (CO), a toxic gas produced by tobacco smoke, to launch the next phase of the EU anti-smoking campaign HELP - For a life without tobacco.
The European Commission has today decided to suspend the movement of all pigs within and from the German federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia, due to a new case of classical swine fever in a pig farm in this region.
A new scientific network is launched today, supported by the EU_s Research Framework Programme, to tackle the increasing problem of resistance to antibiotics when dealing with lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
On the occasion of the World Consumer Day on Wednesday, March 15t, European Health and Consumer Protection Commission Markos Kyprianou stressed the key role played by the Commission in ensuring that the rights of consumers are respected across the EU: _There are now 450 million consumers in Europe.
The Danish authorities have informed the European Commission this morning of a confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 in Denmark in a common buzzard (Buteo buteo) found dead during the weekend in an area called Svinø Strand in southern Zealand.
Summary of the STEG opinion on three isolates (05-0825 and 06-0017 from France; 204163425 from Cyprus) referred to the group following the identification of unusual molecular profiles on discriminatory Western blot (as required in EU Regulation 36/2005.)
An expert panel from the Community Reference Laboratory in Weybridge has informed the European Commission that test results from the brains of two sheep from France and one from Cyprus show an unusual molecular profile that warrants further investigation, and while some data suggest that the samples may not be BSE in sheep, _there is insufficient evidence to definitively rule out BSE_.
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health today adopted unanimously a favourable opinion on a European Commission proposal to lift the embargo on UK exports of live cattle, beef and beef products.
The number of dangerous products identified in the EU has risen sharply over the last year, according to the Report on the _Rapid Alert System_ (RAPEX) for non-food consumer products published today by the Commission.
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCOFCAH) has been informed by Germany on the finding of a cat infected with the “Asian strain” of the Avian Influenza virus H5N1 (hereby called H5N1) in the island of Ruegen, where a high number of infected wild birds had been found in the last weeks.
Markos Kyprianou - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection. The European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health- One year on Address to the Members of the European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health Brussels, 21 February 2006
The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will meet in Brussels on Monday 20 February (starting at 11 a.m) under the Presidency of Mr Josef Pröll, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, the Environment and Water Management of Austria.
Two Commission Decisions on measures to be taken by Member States in the case of an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in wild birds and in commercial poultry on their territory have received favourable opinions by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) today.
European Commission draft Decisions on avian influenza to approve co-funding for national surveillance plans and to ban imports of untreated feathers from third countries received favourable opinions from Member States in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) today.
The Slovenian authorities today informed the European Commission of a confirmed case of avian influenza virus H5 in swan. The Slovenian Laboratory for Avian influenza has made the first analysis, and samples have been sent to the EU Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Weybridge (United Kingdom) for further tests.
The European Commission has been informed that test results from the EU Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Weybridge confirm that the outbreak of avian influenza in wild swans in Greece was caused by the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus.
The European Commission is set to adopt a Decision requiring all lighters placed on the market in the EU to be child-resistant, following a positive opinion by Member State experts in the General Product Safety Committee.
On 8 - 9 February 2006 the European Commission will present a proposal for a Decision requiring producers and importers of lighters to make their products child-resistant. The proposal will be discussed by the Committee of Member States under the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC
Today the European Commission sent reasoned opinions to Germany and Luxembourg for failing to transpose into national law Directive 2003/33/EC of 26 May 2003 on advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products. These countries already received a letter of formal notice in October 2005.
Markos Kyprianou - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Safety. Remarks at the Concluding Press Conference - International Pledging Conference on avian and Human Pandemic Influenza Beijing, 18 January 2006
The international community has pledged a total amount of $1.9 billion dollars to fight avian influenza and prepare for a possible human influenza pandemic, EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou announced today in his concluding speech at the International Ministerial Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza in Beijing, China.
On 16-21 January 2006 European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou will visit the Peoples Republic of China and Hong Kong. He will in particular represent the European Commission at the International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Influenza in Beijing on January 18th.
EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou signed in Beijing today a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation with the Chinese authorities aiming to reduce the numbers of dangerous and defective consumer products exported to Europe.
At the International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza in Beijing on 17-18 January, the European Commission will pledge its external response to the threat of avian flu, including a grant of up to 80 million to combat the spread of the virus in developing countries, particularly in Asia.