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This is the first edition of our new electronic newsletter, Consumer Voice, covering all of the policy areas of my Directorate-General's responsibilities. These are wide ranging, but fall into three broad categories: food safety, public health, and consumer protection. It is part of the European Commission's drive towards making the range of initiatives undertaken on behalf of our citizens more readily accessible. I am personally committed to providing information on all of our activities in the most transparent manner possible.

The newsletter brings together into one publication our two paper publications, Prevention and Consumer Voice. In the past, Prevention dealt exclusively with health issues, and Consumer Voice, which began as a consumer-specific magazine, later expanded its brief to take on food safety issues as well as other topics of broader interest. I hope you will like the new integrated publication.

Published monthly, the new Consumer Voice will be available on our web site and will be sent to those of you who need it quickly in a text version by e-mail. It will be published in English, and within days, also in French and German. In contrast to the previous magazines that were published in a limited number of paper copies delivered by post, this will get to you more frequently and more speedily.

We do not plan to swamp you with large quantities of information in this newsletter, but to touch on and give background to our legislative, administrative, scientific and political decision-making. Links throughout will take you directly to our web site where you can access more in-depth information on any of the issues described.

A feature of Consumer Voice that was particularly appreciated was views from outside the Commission. We still want to hear what you think and, where we can, we will air them in the newsletter. So do please continue to share your views with us by post or by e-mail.

June 2001, Number 1

Tough Measures will Come Into Force Against TSEs in July
A new Regulation comes into force throughout the EU on 1 July to protect against transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). It will take the place of current safeguard measures that protect against BSE, providing a framework for the Community in its efforts to combat animal and public health risks from TSEs.

Stringent controls for the use and disposal of animal by-products
In an additional move to ensure safe animal feed and to prevent feed-borne crises such as BSE or the Dioxin crisis, a Commission proposal for stringent controls for the use and disposal of animal by-products reached political agreement in Council.

European Food Authority Moving Towards 2002
Flagship project to have a new European Food Authority up and running by 2002 receives strong support from the European Parliament. The EP also wants to ensure that the EFA will have a proper budget so it can be effective in achieving its targeted aims, in particular, to ensure food safety throughout the Community.

Citizens Input to Commission Thinking on Food Quality
Citizens input to Commission thinking on food quality during an internet chat with Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne and Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Commissioner Franz Fischler on 6 June.

Health Council Roundup
Health Council agrees a number of measures to deal with health determinants such as tobacco and alcohol. There are particular concerns about risks to young people from these health determinants. Discussion and decisions made during the meeting reflect those concerns, resulting in new actions being agreed to come to grips with the problem.