Informal meeting of ministers of health

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO)







National Palace of Culture

The informal meeting of EU health ministers will take place on 23 April in the National Palace of Culture, Sofia.

The agenda includes a discussion on healthy nutrition for children, one of the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the health sector, with a focus on the provision of healthy food for children. The debates on this topic will be held during the first panel of the programme.

The informal meeting will also discuss the effectiveness and accessibility of medicinal products, including in the context of the financial sustainability of health systems. The discussions will take place during the second panel, which will start at 2 p. m.

EU health ministers will also focus on the future of healthcare within the Union.



Kiril Ananiev, Minister of Health of Bulgaria, doorstep


Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, doorstep


Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health of Germany, doorstep


Arrival, doorstep, handshake


Roundtable and opening remarks by Valeri Simeonov, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria


Family photo


Press conference








Family photo and press conference


23 April 2018 | Monday

08:20 – 9:00

Arrivals at the National Palace of Culture, doorsteps and handshake

09:30 – 12:15

First session: Healthy nutrition for children – the Healthy future of Europe

Opening remarks by Kiril Ananiev, Minister of Health

12:15 – 12:30

Family photo

14:00 – 16:00

Second session: Health as the real winner: effectiveness, availability and affordability of medicines

16:30 - 17:00

Press conference

Participants: Kiril Ananiev, Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria, and Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

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