The importance of regular physical activity in fighting obesity was discussed by Member States (High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity) and civil society (EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health) in meetings on 2 and 3 December 2015 in Luxembourg.
On 30 November, 2015, the eve of World AIDS Day, Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini and several Commissioners issued a joint statement expressing their commitment to maintaining momentum in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
With over 142 000 new HIV diagnoses in 2014, the WHO European Region recorded the highest number of newly diagnosed infections in one year since reporting began in the 1980s. New diagnoses have more than doubled in some EU/EEA countries.
With the new ECHI data tool, health experts, stakeholders and others interested in health can still find five different groups of indicators, but now they can select more than one indicator at a time to make further comparisons and/or analyses of data.
Comment online before 16 December 2015 on 'The implications of Disruptive Innovation for health and health care in Europe', published by the Commission's independent Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health.
Building on 25-year experience of the preceding International Conference for Harmonisation (ICH), the reforms will transform ICH in a truly global initiative supported by robust and transparent governance mechanisms.
A digital map of Europe with 9,463 sparklers virtually 'lit' by people who had given up smoking was unveiled in Brussels by Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on October 30th, this year's Day of the Ex-Smoker.
Organised by the French ministries for Development and Research, the meeting was attended by the European Commission, EU Member States, NGOs and representatives from the USA, WHO and affected countries in Africa. Commissioner Stylianides made the opening remarks.