28 Oct 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 28 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Commission continues fight against Antimicrobial Resistance with announcement of second Action Plan
The EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis confirmed the renewed commitment in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) that is one of the biggest health threats facing humanity today.“The EU has always been at the forefront in the fight against Antimicrobial resistance and this will remain an important priority for the Commission beyond 2016. We intend to publish in 2017 the next Action Plan that will continue to establish the EU as the leader in the fight against antimicrobial resistance”, CommissionerAndriukaitis said. The new Action Plan will take the form of a Commission communication to the European Parliament and the Council and builds on the previous plan that is coming to an end in 2016. The plan will also bring together EU funds and instruments in order to promote innovation and research against AMR. Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, said: “Since 1999, the EU has invested over €1 billion in research projects to tackle the public threat of antimicrobial resistance. Soon, we will announce the winner of the €1 million Horizon prize that addresses the issue of unnecessary use of antibiotics.” Antimicrobial Resistance is the ability of microorganisms to resist antimicrobial treatments, especially antibiotics.AMRnot only has a direct impact on human and animal health – due to the failure in the treatment of infectious diseases – but also carries a heavy economic cost. AMR is responsible for more than 25 000 deaths per year in Europe alone. For more information see the full press release.
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