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Issue 108, 11 April 2013


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

By Paola Testori Coggi, Director-General for Health and Consumers, European Commission

By Paola Testori Coggi, Director-General for Health and Consumers, European Commission

When preparing its policy and proposals relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on independent Scientific Committees to provide it with sound scientific advice and to draw its attention to new and emerging problems. These opinions are vital for policy makers to ensure the highest level of health and environmental protection that European citizens expect from the European Union institutions.


Since 1978, the following Committees: Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER), and Scien [...]

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Reporting from across Europe » 
New publications » 
Forthcoming events » 
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Also in this focus

Health Programme Projects »

CONTAMED – Contaminant mixtures and human reproductive health – novel strategies for health impact and risk assessment of endocrine disrupters

LEXNET Project: Reducing electromagnetic field exposure

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

Insight: In PIP implant scandal, a ragged safety net exposed, by Kate Kelland, national winner for the United Kingdom


News from the EU 

Commissioner Borg delivers speech on men's health  »

In his speech at the European Parliament, the Commissioner for Health and Consumer policy, Tonio Borg, stated that a high level of preventable premature illness and mortality in men can be better addressed.

Major analysis of European health finds Europe’s financial crisis is costing lives  »

Researchers uncover huge differences in health services and outcomes for people across Europe.

New guidelines to develop healthier and safer nightlife environments  »

The European Club Health project has produced a series of resources to support local, national and European policymakers and practitioners develop healthier and safer nightlife environments.

Reporting from across Europe 

'Stop smoking for professionals'  [Belgium]  »

A new campaign to encourage and support smoking cessation.

'Ageing in as good a shape as possible'  [France]  »

Institut national de prévention et d'éducation pour la santé (INPES) provides health information for young and future retirees (aged 55 to 65 years) on physical activity, nutrition, emotional, cognitive, prevention and healthy lifestyles.

National Plan on Diabetes  [Italy]  »

Strategic objectives to improve the prevention and treatment of diabetes, and to ensure 3 million patients in Italy a uniformed response.

'Health Promotion in Schools Network' 20th anniversary  [Lithuania]  »

The event will honour the most active health promotion activities in schools and communities and support new health promotion school development projects.

New publications 

‘Science protecting consumers from field to fork’  »

The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) new brochure provides a concise overview of the Authority’s role in the EU food safety system.

Prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs – guidance report now available in 10 languages  »

This joint report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDD) explores good public health practices which can support effective policies to reduce blood-borne infections, including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Forthcoming events 

Fourth European Conference on Health Promoting Schools (Odense, 7-9 October 2013)  »

Organised by schools4health, the conference aims to consolidate, strengthen, disseminate and share research, policy and practice within the field of health promotion in schools. The conference will focus on equity in health through school-based health promotion.

European Public Health, 20 years of the Maastricht Treaty – Turning past experiences into vision (Maastricht, 22-23 May 2013)  »

Through a variety of topics from policy and practice, public health and healthcare to social policy and economics, national and (EU) regional level, the conference will take stock of past EU actions and discuss how to tackle recent and future challenges in Europe.

Third Flu Summit (Brussels, 2-3 May 2013)  »

The aim of the meeting, organised by the European Scientific Working group on Influenza, is to help lower the impact of influenza on public health in Europe by bringing together all influenza stakeholder organisations and to provide them with a platform to discuss influenza prevention strategies, to exchange good practices and to initiate concrete actions.

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