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Highlights  2013

Discover the Finalists for the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013  

The EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013 has selected its 28 national finalists. During the month of November, a national jury meeting was held in each member state where renowned public health experts and health journalists evaluated all the submissions and decided which article should be appointed to represent their country.

Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance  

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the above-mentioned preliminary opinion of the SCENIHR, which focused on the use of nanosilver and possible associated health risks

14th Ministerial meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative – Rome, 13 December 2013  pdf(152 KB)

During this meeting Ministers reflected on emerging health security events of the last year and explored collaborative actions to protect the health and safety of the populations, and to strengthen health security globally.

Health-EU Newsletter - Special Edition - Scientific Committees  

SCENIHR: Protecting citizens against new health risks

Health Inequalities in the EU – Final Report of a Consortium  

This report provides an outline of new evidence on health inequalities in the European Union (EU) and the policy response to this at EU and national level to health inequalities since 2009. The report confirms significant health inequalities between and within EU Member States. Within this broad picture some indicators of inequality have decreased, some remained constant and others have increased.

Seeking healthcare in another EU Member State: your rights  pdf

You have the right to receive medical treatment in another EU Member State and the right to have your home country cover some or all of the costs.

World AIDS Day 2013: The Fight Against HIV/AIDS by the EU  

With nearly 30 000 new cases of HIV reported in the 30 EU and EEA countries in 2012, the European Commission is still actively involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Open Forum of the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC), 26-27 November 2013  

The Forum is hosted by Slovenia's National Institute of Public Health and focuses on the themes of national cancer plans and screening, as well as present and final conclusions by the EPAAC.

Science fact sheet on 'Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam'  pdf

The European Commission and its non-food Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks SCHER have published a science fact sheet on 'Environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam'.

Health-EU Newsletter - Antibiotics awareness  

European Antibiotic Awareness Day promotes prudent antibiotic use in over 40 countries

European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (Brussels, 25 November 2013)  

This conference aims to foster a high level policy debate about how to best scale up innovation within the care systems in response to the demographic challenge and how to create the associated opportunities for new growth and jobs.

Member States take major step in eHealth cooperation to improve care for patients across EU borders  

The eHealth network has adopted Guidelines to make it possible to share basic health information for a patient across EU borders.

European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), 18 November 2013  

The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is a European health initiative coordinated by ECDC which provides a platform and support for national campaigns on the prudent use of antibiotics during the week of 18 November.

Science made simple: new language versions of fact-sheets explaining Scientific Committees opinions  

Science fact-sheets explaining the opinions produced by the European Commission's non-food Committees on parabens, methylene glycol, fragrance allergens, nano zinc oxide in sun screens and scanners are now also available in FR, DE and ES. Discover how these products have an impact on your daily life.

EU Health Newsletter: Diabetes  

Diabetes: the need for a cross-sectoral EU policy response

Decision on serious cross border threats to health enters into force  

This new Decision is an important step forward in improving health security in the European Union and protecting citizens from a wide range of health threats, such as possible future pandemics and serious cross border threats caused by communicable diseases, chemical, biological or environmental events.

Cross border Health Directive  

The cross-border healthcare directive enters into force

'Eyes on Ages - A research on alcohol age limit policies in European Member States'  pdf

'Eyes on Ages - A research on alcohol age limit policies in European Member States'

European Organ Donation Day, 12 October 2013 and fourth journalist workshops on organ donation  

Each year to keep the organ donation debate alive, the day is organised by a different member state, this year Belgium is the host. To coincide with this the Commision organised journalist workshops on organ donation. All the presentations are now available online.

Health-EU-Newsletter - Mental health  

World mental health day, 10 October 2013

European Parliament's vote on the Tobacco Products proposal  

Tonio Borg, Commissioner for health welcomes the positive vote on the Commission's proposal for the revision of the Tobacco Products proposal which took place on 8th October in the European Parliament.

New publication from the European Commission 'Improving health for all EU citizens' 2013  pdf

This publication explains what the EU does in the health area, why the EU is involved and what the results are.

Journalist Prize 2013- Submission date is now closed  

Best ever edition! Almost 1000 articles on health issues from the 28 member states! Croatia has successfully joined the competition for the first time. Articles will now be sent to the national juries to select national finalists. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in April 2014.

European Medicines Agency (EMA) launch video clip explaining the '▼' inverted triangle symbol for medicines under additional monitoring  

A black triangle will start appearing on product information this autumn to encourage reporting of suspected adverse reactions.

World Heart Day, 29 September 2013  

Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg stresses how healthy habits early in life can help save you from heart diseases.

Anti-discrimination in health  

EU Actions to fight anti-discrimination in health

'Day of the Ex-smokers', 26 September 2013  

Come and join world renowned DJ, Bob Sinclair at Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels

16th European Health Forum, Gastein (2 – 4 October 2013) - Resilient and Innovative Health Systems for Europe  

DG SANCO will host an EU Session on improving access and combating discrimination in health care with a focus on vulnerable groups. Plus there will be an EU health programme 2014–2020 information workshop. Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health and P. Testori Coggi, Director General , will participate.

The submission deadline of the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013 is almost here, submit your articles!  

Become one of the 28 finalists of the EU Health Prize for Journalists and attend the award ceremony where the EU winner will be selected at the European Commission premises in Brussels.

Nutrition strategy  

EU Actions to fight obesity and to promote healthier lifestyles

'Quit Smoking with Barça' wins European Lung Foundation (ELF) Award for improving lung health  

The award was presented at the European Respiratory Society's annual Congress which gathers around 20 000 healthcare professionals. ‘Quit Smoking With Barça’ has been recognized specifically for its contribution to improving European lung health and has drawn significant praise from the scientific and medical community across Europe for promoting the lifelong benefits of quitting smoking.

Report on health inequalities in the EU  

This report describes the main actions that the European Commission has taken to implement its 2009 Communication on health inequalities. It also gives an overview of the size and trends in health inequalities in the EU since 2000.

'Quit Smoking With Barça' wins Silver at the Euro EFFIE Awards  

At an award ceremony in Brussels last night, Quit Smoking With Barça was recognised with a silver Euro EFFIE award for effectiveness in marketing communications.

European Commission - Public Health website connecting to health across Europe  

DG Health and Consumers is pleased to present the new version of the Commission Public Health website. It achieves a double purpose, adapting the design of the website to new internet devices, particularly navigation on smartphones and tablets and integrating the Health-EU Portal and its newsletter.

Bringing the results of the Scientific Committees closer to the public  

An 'easy to read' fact-sheet is now available in 4 languages on the Opinion on "nano-form Zinc Oxide in Sunscreens’'

Better medicines for children - From concept to reality  

The progress report on the Paediatric Regulation

Cross-border health threats  

Citizens better protected from cross-border health threats

Skin cancer projects  

EU actions raise awareness and help people prevent skin cancer

Health-EU Newsletter - Scientific Committees  

Special Edition - Scientific Committees

Neven Mimica is appointed Croatia's first commissioner responsible for consumer protection  

Croatia becomes the 28th Member State of the European Union on 1st July 2013

Bringing the results of the Scientific Committees closer to the public  

A layman version is now available for the 'Opinion on Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products'.

Launch of the EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013 - 5th edition  

EU Health Prize for Journalists. Are you a journalist interested in health?

World No Tobacco Day - protecting the health of citizens  

The EU is constantly striving to make tobacco products and smoking less attractive to young people

HIV and human rights  

Right to health, right to life – HIV and human rights


eHealth Week: Driving a healthier Europe

Health-EU Newsletter - Launch of the new Scientific Committees  

Sound scientific advice and expertise helping to make life healthier and safer for European citizens

Health-EU newsletter: Patient safety  

Patient safety gets better treatment across EU countries

Pharmaceuticals: New symbol '▼' to identify medicines undergoing additional monitoring  

The black symbol will be accompanied by wording to encourage healthcare professionals and patients to report suspected adverse reactions (side effects) on these medicinal products

International Women's Day - the health perspective  

Peggy Maguire from The European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) talks about preventing lung cancer in future generations, stopping teenage girls smoking, and Cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women.

Project PHGEN II  

Preparing the EU for personalised medicine – tailor-made, individualised diagnostics and therapy that take into account genetic differences

Investment in Health a priority in the Social Investment Package  

Strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems within tighter public healthcare budgets

Health-EU newsletter : Social Investment Package  

Investment in health a priority in the Social Investment Package

2013 work plan for the Health Programme is adopted  

Deadline for the calls for proposals is 22 March 2013'

Health-EU Newsletter - Health and Migrants  

Health of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities including Roma

European Commission – 25 years fighting cancer  

Population-based screening programmes for 3 types of cancer are being rolled out across Europe following an EU recommendation

EU Health Prize for Journalists 2012 – stimulating high quality health journalism  

First prize awarded to Petr Třešňák (left) of the Czech Republic for his article “Adventures in ward 14” – a story highlighting problems in mental health

VIDEO: EU action on nutrition & physical activity  

New video shows how the EU is supporting various programmes at local, regional, national and European level to encourage better nutrition and higher levels of physical activity.

European Commission adopts the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive  

The European Commission has updated legislative measures on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products to improve the functioning of the internal market and to better protect citizens from all European Countries.

Health Systems  

Health Systems – the European Dimension