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21/09/2006

Expert conference on Health in all policies

The Finnish Presidency's main health event, the Health in All Policies conference, took place on 20-21 September 2006 in Kupio, Finland, where over 200 experts, officials and ministers gathered to discuss how the EU Treaty provision to protect human health in all policies can be taken forward at national, local and EU levels.

Key speakers included Finnish Health Minister Liisa Hyssala, EC Commissioner Markos Kyprianou and current nominee for WHO Director-General, Pekka Puskka.

The conference was organized in the form of plenary sessions and 5 thematic working groups. One of the working groups dealt with alcohol policies and the need to balance macroeconomic impacts and the health harm of alcohol use.

The workshops made a number of concrete proposals highlighting the need to make better use of impact assessments, comparable data and information.

The next EU health ministers' meeting is set to issue conclusions on the 'Health in All Policies' on 30 November 2006.

For more information:

  • Presentations will be uploaded together with workshop reports to the Presidency site www.eu2006.fi in due course