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Involvement of Political Representatives



Kick-off meeting, March 09, Paris

This committee aims at:

  • Defining concrete and transferable guidelines on the importance of political awareness, willingness and involvem ent to set up and implement EPODE-like initiatives and particularly regarding:

    • The role of political representatives for the set up and the implementation of an EPODE-like programme

    • The needs expressed by political representatives regarding obesity prevention issues, at the national, regional and local level

    • The relationship to be built between political representatives and scientific experts on the one hand, and political representatives and public/private partners (National and local level) on the other hand.

  • Designing an "ethical charter" for the city / territory (commitment of political representatives)

  • Publishing the guidelines

  • Disseminating the guidelines

  • Mobilise and meet European political representatives to foster the set up and the implementation of EPODE-like CBIs in other European countries

  • Ensuring understanding and awareness of key opinion leaders in each country, about the benefits of the implementation of EPODE like programmes


  • Chair: Prof. Stefaan de Henauw assisted by Dr Christophe Matthys – Ghent University

  • Permanent members: coordination team representatives, members of the European Alliance for EPODE (1 representative / country / meeting), a DG SANCO representative, representatives of the other committees, qualified experts in the field.

  • Invited experts, possessing specific experience in this field and giving punctual advice on topics previously defined by the permanent members.

The university team works throughout the year in collaboration with the coordination team and once to twice a year, the committee members gather within a meeting (5 meetings over the 3 years).

Main questions

A focus is made on fundamental questions as:

  • Legitimacy, relevance and role of a local political commitment in EPODE-like initiatives

  • General framework: which best scale for the set-up of a CBI, profile of town required, selection criteria, commitment criteria and charter…

  • Discussion and definition of internal structure to be put in place in an EPODE town, possible external contribution, definition of possible role for auxiliary actors (catering, food distribution…)

  • Legal, financial, operational framework and needs for actions to be carried out in the towns as part of a CBI

  • Management of relations with regional and national administrative structures

  • Additional topics that come up during the working period

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How it works?


For each of the four pillars or work packages: Political involvement, Scientific evaluation, Methods and Social Marketing and Public / private partnership, the work in progress will be discussed within its corresponding committee (once to twice a year).

The university team is responsible for the development of background papers, position papers and other related preparatory research activities based on literature reviews, interviews etc. and is in regular contact with the EEN coordinating team to share information, ensure consistency with overall activities and objectives.