Brussels, 2 February 2006
Today in Brussels European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou launched the “European Health Information Platform” or “Health in Europe” project. This health information system is co-financed with €1.4 million from the EU Public Health Programme, and managed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It is a multimedia initiative which aims to create a network of public broadcasters and other media across Europe, and foster the exchange of reports, including television documentaries, radio broadcasts and press and internet articles on health issues.
“There is a need for better and more widespread information about health issues in Europe”, said Commission Kyprianou. “This partnership of TV and radio networks across Europe through the European Broadcasting Union will help keep citizens, and in particular patients and health professionals, informed on public health issues with a European dimension.”
What is “Health in Europe”?
Health in Europe is based on an ongoing exchange of reports on health and medicine produced by TV broadcasters for their theme magazines. Reports are offered free of rights to participating organizations. The bank of items is renewed continuously.
Health in Europe is also:
true multimedia initiative
The project already involves the main public service broadcasters in ten European Countries: ARD (Germany), CT (Czech Republic), France2 (France), RTBF (Belgium), YLE (Finland), TVP (Poland), ERT (Greece), RAI (Italy), ORF (Austria), Radio Prague (Czech Republic), Radio Netherlands, Radio France International. All the other members of the European Broadcasting Union are invited to join.
TVE (Spain), RTE (Ireland), RTP (Portugal), DR (Denmark), SVT (Sweden), LRT
(Lithuania), RTM (Morocco), TV Channel “Russia”, AVRO (Netherlands),
MTV (Hungary), RTVSLO (Slovenia), HRT (Croatia) and a number of public service
radios have already expressed a strong interest.