The winners of the fourth EU Health Prize for Journalists were announced by Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy at an award ceremony in Brussels yesterday evening. The winning articles, selected from 557 submissions from journalists across the EU, cover issues related to healthcare and health services - with an additional "special prize" on smoking cessation. The winners are:
The main theme of this edition of the Prize was once again the 'Europe for Patients' campaign, which comprises a wide range of healthcare and patient safety-related topics. Active and healthy ageing was added to the list of topics, in light of 2012 being the European Year for active ageing and solidarity between generations. In addition, for the second year running there was a 'special prize' on smoking cessation, a topic linked to the Commission's priority work to fight tobacco.
The selection of the winners was a two-step process. National juries selected a national finalist for the main theme and, in some cases, a finalist from the special category smoking cessation. The EU jury, composed of European Commission officials, public health experts and journalists then convened in Brussels to decide on the 4 winning articles. All finalists were invited to Brussels to attend a Media Seminar and Award Ceremony.
The winners of ! the 4th edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists receive prizes with a value of:
For more information about the EU Health Prize for Journalists and to read the winning and shortlisted articles, please refer to the dedicated website.