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EU Summit on chronic diseases

In April, the EU Commissioner for Health Tonio Borg will be hosting the first EU Summit on chronic diseases, a follow up to the 2011 UN political meeting and declaration on this issue.

Many HEAL members were involved in the 2011 UN process and as a result of their strong advocacy work then, the former EU Commissioner for Health John Dalli included environmental factors of chronic diseases in his final statement and subsequent work.

The summit will discuss medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investment in health in the EU, ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases, and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases, with a focus on EU added value and action.

Against this background it is sad to see that environmental prevention considerations do not (yet) play a prominent role in the two day conference on 3 and 4 April. There is only one presentation scheduled so far on air quality and other environmental determinants. HEAL will be working to strengthen the environmental side during the conference, where senior policy advisor Lisette van Vliet will be participating.

More information on the summit available here including the draft programme

Background information

Originally posted on 6 March 2014

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