The FINANCIAL — Between 5 and 6 July 2011 in Sopot an informal meeting of Ministers of Health of the European Union will be held.
Informal meetings of ministers are among the major events related to the development of EU policy in the field of health. Such meetings are systematically organized by states assuming the Presidency and take place in the country which currently chairs the work of the EU Council.
Informal meetings of EU health ministers are also attended by representatives of other organizations and EU agendas. The one organized under the Polish Presidency in Sopot will be participated, inter alia, by the representative of The European Commission (DG SANCO), the Director of the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab, and Marc Sprenger, the Head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The focus of the talks will be the health priorities of the Polish Presidency, in particular – closing the gap in health between Europe’s societies, through such measures as providing equal opportunities to children with communication disorders. Issues concerning nutrition and physical activity as health determinants for EU citizens and transplantology will be also raised. The opportunities and benefits brought by technologies developed in the field of so-called e-health will be discussed. Participants in the meeting also will address the threat of designer drugs to the state of health of Europe’s societies and the epidemic of food poisonings caused by the E. coli bacteria.