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1 European Commission Health and Consumers Working for healthier, safer and more confident citizens Michael Hübel European Commission DG Health and Consumers

2 The European Union

3 28 Member States 24 official languages Population: +500 million Budget 2014: €142,6 billion

4 Principle of conferral Principle of proportionality Principle of subsidiarity Exclusive competence Shared competence Supporting competence - customs union - competition rules - monetary policy for euro- countries - conservation of marine biological resources under the common fisheries policy - common commercial policy - concluding international agreements - internal market - social policy limited to the aspects defined in the TFEU - economic, social and territorial cohesion - agriculture and fisheries - consumer protection - transport - trans-European networks - energy - area of freedom, security and justice - common safety concerns in public health matters -research - technological development and space -development cooperation and humanitarian aid -human health -industry -culture - tourism - education, vocational training, youth and sport - civil protection - administrative cooperation EU role in health

5 Article 168 of the EU Treaty “A high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Union policies and activities. Union action, which shall complement national policies, shall be directed towards improving public health, preventing physical and mental illness and diseases, and obviating sources of danger to physical and mental health. Such action shall cover the fight against the major health scourges, by promoting research into their causes, their transmission and their prevention, as well as health information and education, and monitoring, early warning of and combating serious cross-border threats to health. The Union shall complement the Member States' action in reducing drugs- related health damage, including information and prevention.”

6 The European Commission

7 COLLEGE OF COMMISSIONERS 28 Members, nominated by the Member States for 5 years AUSTRIA BELGIUM BULGARIA CROATIA CYPRUS CZECH REP. DENMARK ESTONIA FINLAND FRANCE GERMANY GREECE HUNGARY IRELAND ITALY LATVIA LITHUANIA LUXEMBOURG MALTA NETHERLANDS POLAND PORTUGAL ROMANIA SLOVAKIA SLOVENIA SPAIN SWEDEN U.K DIRECTORATES-GENERAL PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION José Manuel BARROSO PROPOSALS CONTROL ADMINISTRATION REPRESENTATION

8 Commissioners DG Health and Consumers Commissioner for Health Tonio Borg, Malta Commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica, Croatia

9 DG Health and Consumers

10 DG Health and Consumers is working to… …make Europe a healthier and safer place, where consumers can be confident that their interests are protected EMPOWER CONSUMERS PROTECT AND IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH ENSURE EUROPE'S FOOD IS SAFE PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF FARM ANIMALS PROTECT THE HEALTH OF CROPS AND FORESTS ©www.istockphoto.com

11 DG SANCO Grange FVO ‘Food & Veterinary Office’ London EMEA ‘European Medicines Agency ’ DG SANCO Brussels Luxembourg CHAFEA 'Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency’ DG SANCO Luxembourg Stockholm ECDC ‘European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’ Angers CPVO ‘Community Plant Variety Office’ Bilbao OSHA ‘European Agency for Safety & Health at Work’ EMCDDA ‘European Lisbon Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction’ Parma EFSA ‘European Food Safety Authority’

12 Staff – DG Health and Consumers Total number of staff: nationalities Average age: 44 years Directorate Public Health – Luxembourg Directorate Health Systems and Products - Brussels Luxembourg 95

13 EU action on public health ©www.istockphoto.com

14 EU public health- Luxembourg PROMOTE PREVENT PROTECTPROMOTE PREVENT PROTECT Address health determinants and risk factors - Promote healthier lifestyles Respond to disease outbreaks and health threats Chronic diseases prevention and management, notably cancer Address rare diseases Invest to tackle health inequalities Provide accurate health information and data Provide scientific advice and evidence Provide financial support – EU health programme

15 Challenges Pandemic and Bioterrorism Threats Rapid development of health technologies Lifestyle Related Diseases Globalisation Ageing population Fragile economic recovery Increase in chronic diseases prevalence Migration and Cross-border Healthcare Expanding EU – Growing health gaps

16 Healthy life years are not increasing with rise in life expectancy

17 EU action on health determinants - Tobacco - Nutrition and physical activity - Alcohol and drugs - Mental health - Environment and health - Social determinants and health inequalities

18 The Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related Health issues (2007) 18 European Commission Member States Private/public Stakeholders WHO High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health Nutrition and Physical Activity in all policies EC Programmes/fundings (Health programme, Research programme) Monitoring system and evidence base External Evaluation of the Strategy: -Efficiency proved - Need to boost the work

19 EU Strategy on alcohol: Objectives

20 EU action against tobacco Ex-smokers are unstoppable

21 Disease Group Specific Actions CVD: The EC supported the European Society of Cardiology and the European Heart Network, to develop the first European Heart Health Charter designed to prevent CVD) Cancer: Guidelines on screening, European Partnership for Action Against Cancer Mental health: European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being HIV/AIDS: EC Communication on HIV/AIDS (2009) and accompanying action plan Health workforce: Joint action for the EU workforce for health European initiative on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias 21

22 EU Summit on Chronic Diseases 3-4 April 2014 Conference conclusions: A. Strengthen political leadership to address chronic diseases B. Target key societal challenges C. More efficient use of available resources D. Strengthen the role and the involvement of citizens, patients and the health and social sector in policy development and implementation E. Strengthen evidence and information Coalition on chronic diseases

23 Health threats: Events coordinated in Luxembourg Pandemic influenza H1N1 (2009) Icelandic volcano ash cloud (2010) Fukushima nuclear accident (2011) Germany E. coli O104:H4 outbreak (2011) Breast implants – France (2011/2012) Disease outbreaks – MERS (2013), Polio (2014) etc

24 3 Scientific Committees  Consumer safety  Health and environmental risks  Emerging health risks Composition: Independent scientists giving advice on different issues related to the field of their Committee "Customers": EU policy areas, e.g. in Health and Consumers, Environment, Enterprise, Energy, etc

25 Health Programme : scope and objectives 1) Promote health, prevent disease and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles 2) Protect citizens from serious cross-border health threats 3) Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems 4) Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens Support MS to improve the health of EU citizens and reduce health inequalities Promoting health Increasing the sustainability of health systems Protecting citizens from serious cross- border health threats Encouraging innovation in health Budget for : €449.4 million

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27 Thank you!


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