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The European Food Information Council: Interview with Robert Madelin, DG SANCO

The aim of the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate General for Public Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) is to help make Europe's citizens healthier, safer and more confident. 

Robert Madelin in his role as Director General of DG SANCO is responsible for making recommendations to the College of EC Commissioners in particular Mr. Kyprianou, Commissioner of DG SANCO, about the Public Health strategy for Europe.  Upon approval, Mr Madelin with the support from Member States assists in the execution of this strategy.

In his interview with EUFIC’s Director General, Dr. Josephine Wills, Robert Madelin explains the important role that the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health plays in the overall Public Health strategy for Europe.

Biography of Robert Madelin

Robert Madelin became Director-General for Health and Consumer Protection in January 2004. He has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the work of the Directorate-General in its three main areas: public health, food safety and consumer protection.

He previously served in a variety of postings (1997-2003) as a Director in the Directorate-General for Trade, where he had the chance to work on a range of issues, including: access to medicines, agriculture, biotechnology, corporate responsibility, food and product standards, global governance, intellectual property, investment, services, sustainable development, and relations with the Asia-Pacific.

Prior to this, he was Deputy Head of Cabinet to Sir Leon (now Lord) Brittan, European Commission Vice-President.

Robert Madelin was born in 1957. He married Marie-Christine Jalabert in 1990. He was educated in England, at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He joined the British Civil Service in 1979, serving mainly in London and Brussels and joined the Commission in 1993. He studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris in 1983-4.

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The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) is a non-profit organisation which communicates science-based information on nutrition and health, food safety and quality, to help consumers to be better informed when choosing a well-balanced, safe and healthful diet.

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