Bulgarian health minister: Healthy nutrition for children and effective and accessible medicines are very important for Bulgaria and EU member states23 April 2018 | 12:20 | FOCUS News Agency
“At today's meeting, we will discuss two main topics. The first one is healthy diet for children, which is directly related to reducing chronic diseases. Special attention will be paid to the impact of the environment, food supply and marketing. We will also talk about the Common Agricultural Policy, which can contribute to children’s healthy diet. We will address the role of science, which has the potential to contribute to the achievement of healthcare objectives and priorities,” the minister said.
"The second topic will be medicine policy, we will be seeking balance between health and trade. The discussions will focus on the effectiveness and accessibility of medicinal products,” Ananiev said. In his words, this is extremely important in terms of financial stability of health systems.
“With regard to future EU policy and funding, we will exchange views on the role and place of healthcare in future policies. We, as the country holding the current EU presidency, believe that health is a top priority of the European Commission and should be part of the Commission’s future policies and structures,” Ananiev added.
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Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis: We will work to lower marketing pressure, especially regarding high-sugar and salt food for children23 April 2018 | 17:55 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We will work to improve quality and reduce the pressure from marketing to children, especially as regards foods high in sugar and salt, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said after the informal meeting of EU health ministers, Focus News Agency reports. “We all have this responsibility to protect children from aggressive marketing and advertising,” he said, adding that people’ health was an issue of serious concern to the EU. “Today we have had a very fruitful discussion. It is encouraging that we all recognise the fact that if we want children to be healthy, we have to provide healthy food at affordable prices. Affordable prices must be for everyone in Europe,” Andriukaitis stated. “The issue is important to us all because healthy children will become healthy adult citizens,” he said.Open in new tab