The Commissioner emphasised the importance of attaining a sufficient level of interoperability between IT systems used in health systems in the different EU member states. The European Commission's role in this area, he explained, is to facilitate measures that ought to be taken by member states to ensure the sustainability of their respective systems. "Steps taken at EU level seek to be proactive rather than reactive", he said. Food security is a case in point, where the system is as strong as the weakest link. Thus, it is crucial to ensure the traceability of products and to provide for quick remedies when needed. The ongoing anti-smoking campaign is another aspect of a precautionary nature that in the long run seeks to alleviate the burden on our health systems.
The President of the Local Council Association, Mr Michael Cohen, thanked the Commissioner for accepting the Association's invitation and stressed the need for representatives of local government to keep abreast with developments at EU level, particularly in virtue of their role within the European Committee of the Regions.
Attending the meeting were also Dr Samuel Azzopardi (President, Gozo Region), Dr Malcolm Mifsud (President, Central Region), Mr Joseph Cordina, and Dr Aaron Farrugia.
Photo caption: EU Commissioner Dalli addresses the LCA representatives in the presence of LCA President Michael Cohen and the Head of the European Commission Representation in Malta, Martin Bugelli.