The health priorities of the Polish Presidency presented in Brussels

Press Release

July 15th 2011

On Thursday, 14 July 2011, in Brussels, Minister Ewa Kopacz presented the health priorities of the Polish Presidency at the forum of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament.

On 14 July of the current year the health priorities of the Polish Presidency were presented in the European Parliament in Brussels during a special session of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament. The priorities are presented by the Constitutional Minister of the country holding the Presidency. The session was also attended by the Deputy Health Minister, Adam Fronczak.
“Together with the assumption of the leadership of the Council of the European Union by Poland, we begin the realisation of the new TRIO programme, within the framework of which Poland cooperates with Denmark and Cyprus”, said Minister Kopacz. “The work we have planned concentrates on the promotion of activities aiming both to improve the health of the citizens of the European Union and to protect the European communities from common risk factors,” she added.

The Minister of Health, Ewa Kopacz, presented in her speech the health priorities of the Polish Presidency, which are:
I. Closing the gap in health of the societies of Europe, and within its framework –
a) closing the gap in health between the EU countries through acting on the health determinants, in particular proper nutrition and physical activity;
b) the prevention and control of respiratory diseases in children;
c) the prevention and treatment of communication disorders in children, including the use of e-Health and innovative solutions.

II. The prevention of brain diseases and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

In her speech, the Health Minister, i.a., presented the epidemiological data and analyses which determined the choice of priorities.

After the presentation there was a discussion with the participation of the members of the European Parliament who sit on the ENVI committee.
In the summary, Minister Kopacz referred to European solidarity –
“Solidarity is important to us, not only for historical reasons. Another of its dimensions is also important to us – European solidarity in health, and such solidarity in Europe we aim to develop,” said Ewa Kopacz.

To view the complete presentation before the ENVI Committee, please click the following link:

/-/Jakub Gołąb
Presidency Spokesperson

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