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EU: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

House of Lords written statement – made on 26th June 2014.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

My hon Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Health (Jane Ellison) has made the following written ministerial statement.

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council met in Luxembourg on 19-20 June 2014. Health issues were discussed on 20 June and the United Kingdom was represented at the meeting by the UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU.

The Presidency provided a progress report on the Medical Devices Regulations and asked Member States for an exchange of views on a compromise text on the designation of notified bodies, post-market surveillance and the tasks allocated to the Medical Devices Coordinating Group. Member States provided a range of opinions on these questions and the Presidency and Commission thanked Member States for their views.

The Council adopted Council Conclusions on the Economic Crisis and Healthcare, and on nutrition and physical activity. Italy and Romania tabled a joint declaration, expressing concern with the call upon the Commission to implement nutrient profiles.

Under any other business, France asked Member States to work together to respond to the high price of a new hepatitis C medicine. Ireland briefly informed delegations of their plans to introduce standardised packaging of tobacco products, should the Bill successfully pass through their Parliament.

Most Member States, including the UK, signed an agreement to be able to jointly procure vaccines in the future, if we choose to exercise this.

Italy presented their broad priorities for their Presidency which begins on 1 July 2014. These cover a range of areas including dementia and AMR.