The EU has been in the lead in negotiating the Protocol under the auspices of the WHO. Following a Commission proposal, the EU ratified the FCTC Protocol on 24th June 2016. The Protocol requires 40 ratifications to enter into force. To date there have been 18 ratifications. Therefore, the EU calls on other countries to follow suit and sign the World Health Organisation Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products ('FCTC Protocol'), which according to Slovakian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák "
represents the first international instrument dedicated to addressing this challenge."
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On 18th July 2016 at a high level event in Brussels, European Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva celebrated with Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, Slovakian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák and WHO FCTC Head of Convention Secretariat Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva the official EU ratification of the FCTC protocol.
The EQUIPT project team is pleased to invite you to the final project conference in Brussels on Tuesday 27 September, 2016. Save the date now in your diary, as places are limited.
EQUIPT is a comparative effectiveness research project in tobacco control, that brings together expertise from multiple disciplines and aims to provide policy makers and wider stakeholders with bespoke information about the economic and wider returns that investing in evidence-based tobacco control including smoking cessation agendas can generate.
The final project conference will present all EQUIPT project results and offer a demonstration of the Return On Investment (ROI) tool by project partners. We are expecting around 100 participants to the conference, including stakeholders, policy makers and project contributors.
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On July 8th 2016, the European Commission organised in Brussels an Info Day on Horizon 2020 - 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing'. The Societal Challenge 1 (SC1) Info Day targeted potential applicants to the calls for project proposals under the H2020 challenge 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing' 2017 Work Programme.
Members of the panel will be appointed by the Commission on the basis of their expertise in one or several areas, as described in Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/786 and in the official text for this call for applications.
Members will be appointed for a renewable term of five years.
A call for application to the independent advisory panel is now open
(Deadline for submitting your application: 12:00 CET on 22 September 2016).
To apply, please visit the European Commission page.
Further information on the project can be found