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Lobbying and Networking for a Healthy Life Style

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Jean Monnet Professor of European Public Health, Maastricht University, Maastricht; President, European Health Forum Gastein Abstract
Lobbying is “representing interests” and networking is “building up relations” to gain influence.

The different opportunities for lobbying and networking applied by the EC: Platforms, Policy Fora, Consultations etc.

Lobbying and the felt “Deficit in Democracy” of the EU

The problem of „influence of the influencal“ (powerful organisations/industry) and the problem oft „the rule of the minority“

The problem with „Health“:
- strong economic interests (Phrama, Med. Industry)
- health care is still a national not a common market issue (but on the move)
- prevention versus cure
- where is the evidence for our decisions?
- scientific policy advice: weak (e.g. value limits)
- funded by social insurance and tax payers money
- which ethics apply?
Senior Policy Advisor, Health Promotion Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, DC Abstract
Lobbying for health requires more than meeting with policy makers. It involves building and educating a broad constituency; identifying key allies; synthesizing the  evidence base into persuasive and understandable terms; maintaining high standards of information quality control; recognizing and exposing the health-compromising practices and political activities of vested commercial interests; earning media attention; engaging experts and  real people as convincing spokespeople, and; understanding policy makers perceptions and constraints and how to influence them. Good timing and serendipity help. Using examples from health advocacy in the United States, Mr. Hacker will describe how awareness  campaigns, education, and advocacy combine to prepare the political environment for legislative or regulatory reform.
Member, Monitoring Board, Alcohol Policy Youth Network; Member, Stakeholder Dialogue Group, DG Health and Consumers, European Commission, Brussels Abstract
Especially in the current economic climate, the promotion of healthy lifestyles is a fundamental requirement at all levels from the individual to the societal.

For the individual, a healthy lifestyle is conducive to mental wellbeing and to being an engaged, productive member of society: at the institutional level, unhealthy lifestyles hugely increase the economic burden on health services and national budgets.

Obesity, alcohol and tobacco are preventable causes of a high proportion of hospital admissions and GP consults. Alcohol imposes a massive burden both human and economic, at all levels in society: interpersonal violence; accidents and injuries; crime and anti-social behaviour; child abuse and neglect; absenteeism and impaired performance at work; diseases such as STDs, breast cancer, other cancers, liver, pancreatic and cardiovascular disease, etc., and impaired mental health.

The challenge of non-communicable diseases, and of these 3 risk factors in particular, is one of the major challenges currently facing health services and governments.
Director European Government Affairs, Coca-Cola Europe, Brussels Abstract
Coca-Cola, with the responsibility of the world’s largest producer of non-alcoholic beverages (more than 750 different products in Europe, produced in 87 factories in 23 countries), is actively engaged in promoting health and well-being in the communities where we operate.
Our health-related strategy is based on two pillars: “Activating choice” (beverages for every taste, lifestyle and occasion; calorie reduction; promotion of low- and no-calorie options; reduction of pack sizes) and “Activating balance” (transparent and comprehensive nutrition information; promotion of active, healthy lifestyles; responsible marketing).
As all of these topics play a role in EU public policies, we constantly communicate about our actions to EU policy makers and contribute to the different respective stakeholder discussions (e.g. as member of the EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health).
All our communications to policy makers take place in a transparent way and are based on reliable, scientific knowledge and evidence (e.g. our voluntary GDA nutrition information scheme), on sound consumer research (e.g. on consumer understanding of food labels), on stakeholder agreements (e.g. our industry-wide commitment not to market to children below 12), and on third-party cooperation (e.g. The Coca-Cola Foundation’s funding of nutrition education and active lifestyle programmes across the EU).
Our activities are monitored by independent institutions, their impact assessed, measured against targets and published (e.g. www.cocacolabelgium.be/doc/healthwellbeingreview.pdf), together with our commitments for further action and improvements.
Based on this approach, Coca-Cola has become a credible, reliable partner for policy makers in the field of public health and beyond. And we are continuously working on increasing and maintaining this trust and on building further cooperation with EU stakeholders in the future.
Head, Information Office of the European Parliament in Austria, Vienna Chair

Dr. med. Helmut BRAND

Jean Monnet Professor of European Public Health, Maastricht University, Maastricht; President, European Health Forum Gastein

1978-1984 Study of Medicine (Medical Doctor MD), University of Düsseldorf; University of Zürich
1984 PhD in Medicine, University of Düsseldorf
1985-1987 Clinical training in internal medicine, surgery and psychiatry
1987-1988 Master of Science in Community Medicine, University of London, Faculty of Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in cooperation with London School of Economics (LSE)
1988-1993 Social Medicine, Public Health, District Health Authority Minden-Lübbecke
1990 Pilot Study for the Cancer Registry of Lower Saxony, Ministry of Health Lower Saxony
1991 Specialist in Public Health and Social Medicine, Germany
1993-1995 Health Systems Analysis, Cancer Registry, Public Health Reporting, Medical Statistics, Ministry of Health Hamburg
since 1994 Advisor in Public Health and Social Medicine to the European Commission (e.g. DG Sanco, Office of the European Policy Advisors)
since 1995 Projects in the Public Health Programme of the European Union
since 1995 (European) Health Policy, lectures at various Universities and Summer Schools in Europe and the Balkans
1995-2007 Director of the Institute of Public Health, North Rhine Westphalia
1996 Postgraduate Diploma, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Community Medicine (DLSHTM)
2006-2008 Leader of the "Health System Working Party" of the Public Health Programme
2007-2008 Managing Director of the Epidemiological Cancer Registry, North Rhine Westphalia
2008 Scientific Director, Institute of Health and Work, North Rhine Westphalia (LIGA)
since 2008 Professor of European Public Health, Maastricht University

B.A. George A. HACKER

Senior Policy Advisor, Health Promotion Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, DC

1974-1979 Staff attorney; Director, Senior Citizens Law Center; Colorado Nursing Home Ombudsman at Legal Services of Metro Denver; Denver, CO.
1979-1981 Legal Services Specialist; U.S. Administration on Aging and Legal Services Corporation; Washington, DC
 Since 2009 Senior Policy Advisor, Health Promotion, Center for Science in the Public Interest; Washington, DC
1982-1987/ 1992-2009 Director, Alcohol Policies Project; Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, DC

Nathalie RODRIGUEZ MCCULLOUGH

Member, Monitoring Board, Alcohol Policy Youth Network; Member, Stakeholder Dialogue Group, DG Health and Consumers, European Commission, Brussels

2002-2009 Medical Faculty Executive Board Member, Student Representative
2002-2009 Medical Faculty Executive Board Member, Student Representative
2002-2004 Mount Sinai, New York - Valladolid Exchange Coordinator
2003-2004 IFMSA Local National Exchange Officer
2003-2004 Medical Faculty Student Representative at University Level
2004-2005 IFMSA Regional Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia
since 2004 Member of the Teaching Evaluation Commission
2005-2007 Member of the Student Activity Commission
2005-2007 Member of the European Convergence Commission
2005-2006 Vice-President IFMSA Spain
2005-2006 President AIEME-Valladolid
2005-2007 Steering Group member of "Youth for a life free of tobacco?" HELP! Campaign
2006-2007, 2008-2009 IFMSA Focal Point to the European Youth Forum
2007-2008 President IFMSA-Spain
2007-2008 Contact Group member of "Youth for a life free of tobacco" HELP! Campaign
2007-2010 APYN Institutional Follow-up Director
2008-2009 Task Force on Youth Specific Aspects of Alcohol, EU Alcohol & Health Forum
2009-2011 RAYPRO Advisory Board, EC EU Alcohol & Health Forum
2009-2013 DG SANCO Stakeholder Dialogue Group Member
since 2011 Board Member of the Alliance House Foundation/Institute of Alcohol Studies
since 2012 Member, Monitoring Board, Alcohol Policy Youth Network

Dr. Nikolaus TACKE

Director European Government Affairs, Coca-Cola Europe, Brussels

 Director European Government Affairs, Coca-Cola Europe
 Nikolaus Tacke is responsible for the monitoring and analysis of EU public policies and legislation in the areas of public health, food safety, consumer affairs, energy, environment, taxation, competition and trade and represents Coca-Cola at the EU institutions.
 Prior to joining Coca-Cola in early 2008, Tacke worked in the public affairs department of a global agribusiness company in Brussels and headed the office of a multinational PR agency in Berlin. He is member of several trade associations and chairs a number of industry groups and association committees.
 Tacke holds a PhD in Egyptology and a Master s degree in Classical Archaeology and Art History. He has published a number of books and articles on Ancient Egyptian language and religion.

Mag. Georg PFEIFER

Head, Information Office of the European Parliament in Austria, Vienna

1996-1999 Secretariat of the Regional Policy Committee, European Parliament
1999 Regional Policy Coordination Unit, Federal Chancellery of Austria
2000-2003 Secretariat of the Regional Policy and Transport Committee, European Parliament
2003-2006 Secretariat of the Environment Committee, European Parliament
2006-2010 Press Officer, Information Office Vienna, European Parliament
2010 Head, Information Office Vienna, European Parliament