Informal meeting of the ministers of health: Media Advisory


The informal meeting of EU health ministers will take place on 23 April 2018 in the National Palace of Culture, Sofia. Ministers will discuss healthy nutrition for children and the effectiveness and availability of medicines. They will also focus on the future of healthcare in the EU. The meeting will be chaired by Kiril Ananiev, Minister of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria.



23 April 2018 | Monday

8:20 – 9:00            Arrivals at the National Palace of Culture, doorsteps and handshake (broadcast live)

9:20 – 9:30            Roundtable (broadcast live)

9:30 – 12:15          First session: Healthy nutrition for children – the healthy future of Europe

                                 Opening remarks by Kiril Ananiev, Minister of Health (broadcast live)

The first session will discuss 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.

12:15 – 12:30       Family photo (broadcast live)

14:00 – 16:00       Second session: Health as the real winner: effectiveness, availability and affordability of medicines

The second session will focus on the effectiveness and accessibility of medicinal products, including in the context of the financial sustainability of health systems.

16:30 – 17:00       Press conference (broadcast live)

Kiril Ananiev, Minister of Health
Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission


Accreditation information

Accredited journalists can pick up their badges on Friday, 20 April 2018 at the Registration Desk at Entrance B-2 of the National Palace of Culture between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Members of the press arriving in Sofia on the day of the event will be able to get their badges at the same entrance upon their arrival at the National Palace of Culture. Only accredited members of the press will have access to the National Palace of Culture.


Photos and videos

All media opportunities marked in the agenda with “broadcast live” (doorstep statements, handshake, roundtable, press conference) will be streamed live on the Website of the Bulgarian Presidency. Throughout the day, photos and videos will be uploaded in the Photo and Video sections of the Website. All official photos from the event are also available for download in high resolution on the Flickr account of the Bulgarian Presidency. Videos can be downloaded from Vimeo.


Press contacts

In Sofia:               Veselin Jelev, [email protected], +359 883 990 247

In Brussels:         Elitsa Zlateva, [email protected], +32 476 996 634

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