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Brussels, 28 February 2007

Commissioner Kyprianou on official visit to US

European Commissioner for Health Markos Kyprianou will be on an official visit to the United States from 1 to 6 March 2007. During his visit Commissioner Kyprianou will discuss a broad range of issues with his US interlocutors including regulatory cooperation, new technologies, nutrition labelling, pandemic preparedness and smoking prevention.

Commissioner Kyprianou will begin his programme in Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning with a meeting with Andrew C. von Eschenbach, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Their discussion is expected to evolve around the issues of new technologies and nutrition labeling, including obesity. In the afternoon, Mr. Kyprianou is expected to discuss animal health issues and regulatory co-operation between the EU and the US with the Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns. On Friday morning, Commissioner Kyprianou will meet members of the European-American Council with whom he will discuss food issues and innovation and new technologies in pharmaceuticals. The Commissioner will also address the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

On Monday 5 March in New York, Commissioner Kyprianou will meet Thomas R. Frieden, New York City's Health Commissioner. New York City's action on trans-fatty acids and smoking prevention as well as preparedness to deal with the possibility of a flu pandemic are among the issues expected to be discussed.

On Tuesday afternoon the Commissioner will meet Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, the United States Trade Representative. Food safety will be discussed during Mr. Kyprianou's meeting with Senator Richard J. Durbin, the Senate's Majority Whip later that Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday evening Mr. Kyprianou will meet Secretary of Health Michael Leavitt. Their discussions are expected to cover issues relating to tobacco, alcohol, HIV/AIDS and pandemic preparedness.

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