European Parliament policy debate – The role of Public Health in the Common Agricultural Policy

Posted on May 31, 2011

Please join us on  June 16th 2011 for a European Parliament policy debate on ”The role of public health in the Common Agricultural Policy”.  The debate is hosted by Oana Elena Antonescu MEP, with participation of EU Commissioner for Agriculture – Dacian Ciolos, EU Commissioner for Health – John Dalli.

Full programme

The debate will focus on the important role of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in tackling chronic disease and inequalities in health. Join us for this unique event and important debate on the links between public health and agriculture.

The role of Public Health in the Common Agricultural Policy June 16th 2011, 10.00 – 12:00 European Parliament, JAN 6Q1


This event is hosted by MEP Elena Oana ANTONESCU with the participation of :

- Dacian Cioloş, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development,

- John Dalli, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy,

- Dr Gauden Galea,  World Health Organization – Regional Office for Europe

- Professor Tim Lang, Centre for Food Policy, City University London,

- Susanne Logstrup, Director of European Heart Network, and member of EPHAC.

The purpose of this debate is to discuss with members of the European Parliament, European Commission representatives and relevant stakeholders the importance of the role of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in tackling chronic diseases and inequalities in health. The debate will aim to raise constructive discussions and ideas for policies and instruments that create synergies between agriculture and public health.

The Commission communication on the Common Agricultural Policy towards 2020 and impact assessment consultation document highlighted the need for CAP to meet the challenges of chronic diseases and healthy nutrition alongside climate change and feeding a growing world population adequately. Despite recent efforts to integrate public health into the CAP, addressing the challenges requires a more integrated approach to food and agriculture policy and developing an “infrastructure” to support this.

Diet related chronic diseases such as overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes are major barriers to sustainable economic growth. Food and agriculture policy should be seen as part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

Lunch will be provided after the debate.

Registration by June, 7th via the following registration link. You can also send your registration mail to Dorota Sienkiewicz, EPHAC Policy Officer. Should you need a EP pass, send in your full name, date of birth and place of residence.

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