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November Update: Health

26 October 2018

What's on the agenda this month

by Emily Zerling, Health Policy Executive

Following the presentation of the Commission Work Programme, institutions are turning their attention to finalising the ongoing legislation.

Commission Work Programme 2019Read our Commission Work Programme 2019 briefing.

November for the pharma and health sector opens with the first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health that will be held at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva between 30 October and 1 November 2018. This conference will include ministers of Health and Environment and other national government representatives and is a response to a World Health Assembly mandate to combat air pollution that causes 7 million deaths annually.

Furthermore, the ENVI Committee will be debating a draft report on the sustainable use of pesticides on 8 November. The European Commission will be holding a EU health policy platform meeting on 12 November with an opening address by Commissioner Andriukaitis on the 2018 EU Health Award for NGOs working to prevent tobacco use, as well as other topics including the role of stakeholders in EU health policy, smart healthy ageing environments, the societal impact of pain.

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council will also be organising a conference “People’s food – people’s health: Towards a healthy and sustainable European Food System” on 22 and 23 November.

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Emily Zerling, Health Policy Executive
Emily Zerling
Health Policy Executive

Emily monitors the latest EU developments on health, agriculture, fisheries, animal welfare and international development. She was previously a trainee at the Luxembourg Representation to the EU in Brussels and graduated with a Master’s degree in European Affairs.