Council of Europe

EFAD has supported the work of the Council of Europe since the Federation was established in 1978.
The Council of Europe provides a Forum for the recognition of the importance of food and nutrition to the health and human rights of the citizens of Europe.
Council Resolutions include:
  • RESAP(2005)3 on Healthy Eating in Schools
  • RESAP(2003)3 on Food and Nutritional Care in Hospitals
The Council of Europe is also concerned with workers rights, including health professionals, as indicated by Recommendation Rec(2006)11 on trans-border mobility of health professionals and its implications for the functioning of health care systems
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European Commission
Access the Public Health portal of the European Commission [here.]

Find full report of the High Level Conference on Monitoring and Evaluation of EU and Member States’ strategies on nutrition, physical activity, overweight and obesity related health issues [here] and EU Health Strategy [here].
  • Horizon 2020 programme
    The name of the Union’s new funding programme for research and innovation – Horizon 2020 – reflects the ambition to deliver ideas, growth and jobs for the future.
    Horizon 2020 will be a key tool in implementing the Innovation Union flagship initiative, in delivering on the commitments made therein and in responding to the conclusions of the 4 February 2011 European Council and to the European Parliament’s Resolution of 12 May 2011 on the Innovation Union.  [Read more]
  • Health for Growth 2014-2020
    The European Commission ‘Health for Growth Programme’ 2014-2020 proposes four objectives:
    1. To contribute to the creation of innovative and sustainable health systems.
    2. To increase access to better and safer healthcare for all EU citizens.
    3. To promote good health and prevent diseases by addressing the key risk factors of most diseases, namely smoking, alcohol abuse and obesity.
    4. To protect people from cross-border health threats.
For more information see [Health for Growth Programme]
  • Active & Healthy Ageing
    The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) aims to increase the average healthy lifespan of Europeans by 2 years by 2020, by:
  1.  improving health and quality of life (with a focus on older people)
  2. ensuring health and social care systems are sustainable and efficient in the long term;
  3. enhancing the competitiveness of EU industry through business and expansion in new markets.
As active and healthy ageing is a challenge shared by all European countries, it offers Europe an opportunity to establish itself as a global leader capable of providing innovative responses to this challenge.

CHAFEA – the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency – publishes regular Health EU Newsletters

European School Milk Programme
In the face of growing childhood obesity, the European School Milk Programme encourages children to consume dairy products, maintain a balanced diet and to actively think about what they eat and drink. As you are involved with youth, you play a vital role in shaping children’s health habits that will last them a lifetime.The EU School Milk programme takes on a strong educational role by supporting the development of good eating and nutritional habits for children at an early age. Through this programme, not only does the European Union provide subsidies to schools and other educational establishments so that they can provide their students with selected milk and milk products, it also organises activities intended to increase awareness about healthy nutrition among youth all over Europe.One such activity is the “Milk Power!” photo competition encouraging youth to creatively think about milk and dairy products in their everyday lives. All pupils under 20 years of age can take a picture and enter it on the campaign website,, by May 31st. Winners are chosen through online voting that is open to the public, and the top three photos will win Nintendo Wii’s.

Want to get involved?
It’s easy to take part in this campaign! Just go to the electronic toolbox found on the website and take one of these simple actions:

Upload an electronic banner onto your website, blog or internet platform.

2. Print and post the posters in your school, community center, office or house.

3. Tell all the young people you know about the “Milk Power!” photo competition and encourage them to enter. Or even better, organise an afternoon activity where you can discuss nutrition and then have everyone take their own photo to submit to the competition.

4. Print the timetables and use them in your classroom or with your youth group (a great reminder to not only stay organised, but to drink their daily glass of milk!)

Tell us what you’re doing and send us photos or links and we will post them on our Myspace and Facebook pages!

Already online?
Check out the “Milk Power!” video and pass it on to your friends. Spread the word!

If you would like additional information on the EU School Milk programme please visit the official campaign website,, or send an email to

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    Please follow this link to the Wall Chart