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Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Volume 511: debated on Tuesday 15 June 2010

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council met on 7 and 8 June in Luxembourg. The health and consumer affairs part of the Council was taken on 8 June. I represented the UK.

At the meeting, following an exchange of views on the draft directive on patients’ rights in cross-border health care, political agreement between member states was reached. This text will now be forwarded to the European Parliament for their consideration.

A policy debate on the proposed regulation on the provision of food information to consumers focused on two aspects of the proposal. Member states considered the clarity of food labelling and discussed who might bear responsibility for the information provided on food labels.

Council conclusions on health inequalities and reduction of salt intake were adopted. The presidency also provided an update on progress of the proposals in the pharmaceutical package.