EU health ministers focus on youth smoking and future of healthcare

09 July 2013, Last updated at, 15:45 EEST
  • RSS
  • Print
Loading...
author: eu2013.lt

Today the two-day Informal Meeting of Health Ministers – the first informal meeting of EU ministers during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council – has ended in Vilnius, Lithuania. The delegates focused on three topics: sustainable healthcare systems, mental well-being of older people, and youth smoking.  

The meeting was attended by EU Health Ministers, the EU Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Mr. Tonio Borg and hosted by the Minister of Health of the Republic of Lithuania Mr. Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis. 

The question how to prevent youth smoking provoked criticism addressed to the tobacco industry. The speakers pointed out that about 100 million people died from smoking related diseases in the 20th century. It was noted that the tobacco industry’s goal is to expand the clientele pool, making the user dependent at an early age.
 
“Tobacco industry is investing in young people and is steadily expanding its customer base. EU member states are determined to fight for the future of its citizens, "- said the Minister of Health Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis. Delegates unanimously agreed that it is socially reckless and financially irresponsible to allow tobacco maiming EU citizens. 
 
When discussing mental well-being of older people, delegates recognized the medical, social and economic importance of healthy aging. The Commissioner Mr. Tonio Borg stressed: “It is because of mental health problems that we lose capable, additional value creating citizens”. Delegates agreed that the focus needs to be shifted to finding measures for better integration into societies and labour market of people with mental health problems. A simple reduction of stress in working environment would improve the situation, delegates pointed out.
 
The delegates also discussed the importance of shifting towards sustainable healthcare systems. The Minister of Health Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis stressed that the EU healthcare systems face fundamental challenges: shifting demographic situation, economic hardships and assimilation of new technologies.
 
"Healthcare systems cost a lot, but do not satisfy the needs of EU citizens. Healthcare systems should not only be prepared for the challenges, but be prepared beforehand: does anyone imagine the fate of the state in which the national healthcare system goes bankrupt?"- told the Lithuanian Minister of Health.
 
Check all

Search by policy areas

  • General Affairs (GAC)
  • Foreign Affairs (FAC)
  • Economic & Financial Affairs (ECOFIN)
  • Justice & Home Affairs (JHA)
  • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO)
  • Competitiveness (COMPET)
  • Transport, Telecommunications & Energy (TTE)
  • Agriculture & Fisheries (AGRI)
  • Environment (ENVI)
  • Education, Youth, Culture & Sport (EYCS)
4.9114227294922E-5

Events calendar

Search All events
Previous Next
December 2013
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
25 26 27 28 29 30
8
14
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
01 02 03 04 05
From 28.11.2013 to 29.11.2013
The 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius

News subscription

About subscription

Social Media

  • Jan 14, President @Grybauskaite_LT presented results of #EU2013LT to EP in Strasbourg. Read press release here: about 261 days ago
  • Watch live press conference of Lithuanian President @Grybauskaite_LT & EP President Schulz about 261 days ago
  • RT @Grybauskaite_LT: @EU2013LT gave all efforts for #EU financial stability, growth&jobs: work should be continued about 261 days ago
  • RT @Grybauskaite_LT: @EU2013LT gave all efforts for #EU financial stability, growth&jobs: work should be continued about 261 days ago
  • RT @EU2013LT: Today #Lithuania President @Grybauskaite_LT will present #EU2013LT results to @Europarl_EN in official closing event http://t… about 261 days ago
  • Watch live at 9am (CET) presentation by @Grybauskaite_LT of #EU2013LT results @ #EP plenary session #EbS+ @EU2013LT about 261 days ago
  • RT @EC_AVService: LIVE 09h00 CET on #EbS+ EP plenary session review of the Lithuanian Presidency @EU2013LT about 261 days ago
  • @Europarl_EN plenary session review of #EU2013LT will be streamed LIVE 9:00 CET on #EbS+ about 261 days ago
  • RT @EC_AVService: LIVE 09h00 CET on #EbS+ EP plenary session review of the Lithuanian Presidency @EU2013LT about 261 days ago
  • Today #Lithuania President @Grybauskaite_LT will present #EU2013LT results to @Europarl_EN in official closing event about 261 days ago
  • RT @Leskevicius: Definite example 2 follow: #GSC "green office" campaign goes digital & offers print on demand 4 @EUCouncil meetings. Natur… about 264 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: #Vilnius becomes a synonym for #Ukraine's European integration- from my meeting w opposition MP @Poroshenko. about 265 days ago
  • RT @Grybauskaite_LT: Lithuania makes the first step in exploring space. Satellites „LitSat-1“ and „LituanicaSat-1“ were successfully launch… about 266 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: One small step for space history, a big leap for #Lithuania - 1st LT satellites take off from @NASA ! #CubeSats @Lituani… about 266 days ago
  • RT @EUCouncilPress: Congratulations to the new Greek EU Council presidency- looking forward to working together! @gr2014eu #GR2014EU about 267 days ago
  • Achievements of #EU2013LT: more credible, growing and open #Europe; infographics about 269 days ago
  • #EU2013LT achievements for credible, growing and open Europe: described, counted up and collected in one place. Here: about 272 days ago
  • RT @PRLTUN: Seeing the name of #Lithuania at the #UN #SecurityCouncil- a moment of great pride for my country about 273 days ago
  • RT @francediplo: Les succès de la présidence du conseil de l'#UE par la #Lituanie qui vient de s'achever : #EU2013LT… about 273 days ago
  • RT @Grybauskaite_LT: First day with #Euro in #Latvia. Congratulations to our #Baltic neighbours! about 274 days ago
  • RT @Grybauskaite_LT: All the success for #Greece taking over the EU Presidency! @GreekPresidency @EU2013LT @gr2014eu about 274 days ago
  • #EU2013LT over, #Lithuania is now non-permanent member of @UN Security Council. For updates, follow @LithuaniaUNNY and @PRLTUN about 274 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: Good New Year' morning #Greece! Most heartfelt wishes for successful @GreekPresidency #EU! about 274 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: Congrats #Latvia! Historic moment, our neighbors is the 18th member of € zone! Hope #Lithuania will join this family next… about 274 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: Good New Year' morning #Greece! Most heartfelt wishes for successful @GreekPresidency #EU! about 274 days ago
  • RT @EU2013LTpress: Having worked for credible, growing, open Europe #EU2013LT hands @EUCouncil Presidency to #GR2014EU. Ευτυχισμένο το... about 274 days ago
  • RT @IrelandRepBru: Congrats and job well done to @EU2013LTpress; and welcome and good luck to @gr2014eu about 275 days ago
  • Having worked for credible, growing, open Europe #EU2013LT hands @EUCouncil Presidency to #GR2014EU. Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος!... about 275 days ago
  • RT @LinkeviciusL: First, singing revolution, now- singing Presidency- concluding song by the #EU2013LT team: about 275 days ago
  • As #EU2013LT comes to a close, Perm Rep Karoblis reviews accomplishments, thanks Presidency team and partners. Watch: about 275 days ago