Health Policy and European Union Enlargement


What:       The report of the first analysis of the consequences of European Union enlargement for the health sector in both new and existing member states is soon to be launched. The report, entitled Health policy and European Union enlargement, was written by leading health policy experts from 20 countries. It examines and quantifies costs and risks for public health arising from enlargement of the European Union.

Enlargement brings both opportunities and challenges, and its effects are extremely difficult to predict. It is important that systems are put in place to monitor the effects of this process, so as to maximize the benefits and minimize the potential hazards.

Where:     The formal launch of Health policy and European Union enlargement will take place at Palais des AcadÈmies, 1, rue Ducale, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. Journalists are invited to attend the event and the press conference that follows.

When:      Friday 4 June 2004 at 09:00 CET. The press conference will be held at 10:30 CET.

Who will meet the press:

  •  Dr Marc Danzon, World health Organization Regional Director for Europe.
  •  Dr Rudy Demotte, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Belgium.
  •  Dr Dusan Keber, Minister of Health, Slovenia.
  •  Dr Martin McKee, Research Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies ,WHO Regional Office for Europe.
  •  Dr Josep Figueras, Head of Secretariat and Research Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, WHO Regional Office for Europe.

For accreditation and press information contact:

Ms Liuba Negru, Press and Media Relations, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Scherfigsvej 8, DK-2100 Copenhagen ÿ, Denmark. Tel: +45 3917 1344; Fax: +45 3917 1880; E-mail:; Web site:        

Jean-Luc Onckelinx, Information Officer for the BENELUX and the EU, Regional UN Information Centre (RUNIC), Residence Palace, 155, rue de la loi/Wetstraat, B. 1040 Brussels; Tel. /; Cellular phone: 32.476/215.485; Fax. 32.2.502.57.72; E. mail : ; RUNIC website

Mr Karim Ibourki, Porte Parole ‚ Woordvoerder, Ministre des Affaires sociales et de la SantÈ publique - Minister van Sociale Zaken en Volksgezondheid; Av des Arts 7 - 8, 1210 Bruxelles /. Kunstlaan 7 - 8, 1210 Brussel; tel.+ 32 2 220 20 45; fax.+ 32 2 220 20 22; Gsm + 32 475 53 33 41;

Health Policy and European Union Enlargement -
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