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Brussels, 19 May 2010

Statement by John Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy on EU Directive on Organ Donation and Transplant

The European Parliament today voted in favour of the EU Directive on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplant.

John Dalli said : "I welcome today's vote by the European Parliament and I thank the Rapporteur, Dr Mikolášik , and the Spanish Presidency for their work. Today's vote is a major step forward for the over 50 000 European patients waiting for an organ transplant.

Organ transplant is a life-saving operation and often the only available treatment for end-stage organ failure. Common standards across Europe will ensure the highest level of quality and safety of organs while ensuring that all donations must be voluntary and unpaid. This is key to ensure that European citizens that need an organ transplant can benefit from the best possible quality and safety conditions.

This is a concrete example of how EU legislation can work to save lives and foster create solidarity in Europe. I look forward to a swift implementation of this text by the Member States".

For more information:

See MEMO/10/203

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