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Health First Europe welcomes the two new appointments within the European Commission.

Paola Testori-Coggi, the former deputy head of DG SANCO, has been appointed Director General. She will replace Robert Madelin who will be moving to take the leadership role of DG Information Society.

Ms Testori-Coggi will be overseeing the overall Health policy at the European Commission. She has been a Commission official since 1983 and has worked for more than 20 years in the institutions. Previously, she has worked in the cabinet of two different European Commissioners dealing with health and research policies.

In the past 6 years, Mr Madelin’s commitment and interest in healthcare have been tremendously important for stakeholders from the health sector especially HFE. We have truly appreciated his efforts to push new initiatives forward and congratulate him on his achievements.

In his new capacity of Director General of DG Infso, Mr Madelin will focus on the European digital agenda including e-health issues.

Nelly Kroes, the Dutch Commissioner in charge of this portfolio, was asked in her mandate letter from Commission President Barroso to “exploit the potential of ICT as a major enabling technology for raising productivity and addressing long-term challenges such as energy efficiency and healthcare”.

Health First Europe looks forward to continuing working with both of them and wishes them all the best in their new roles.