Thank you Mr Minister for accepting our "rendez-vous".
May I ask you to introduce yourself ?
Hello Philippe. I'm Michael Martin and I am the Minister for Health and
Children in the Irish Government. Before my appointment to this post I
was Minister for Education and Science I am a full time public
representative and before that I was a teacher.
Thank you Mr Commissioner for accepting our "rendez-vous" . May I ask you to introduce yourself ?
My name is David Byrne and I am European Commissioner for Health and
Consumer Protection. I started this job last September and before that
I have been Attorney General in my home-country, in Ireland. I am a
lawyer by training.
Tobacco control falls within my area of responsibility and I take a
particular interest in it since I am convinced it is one of the major
themes of the new millenium if we are to reduce its appaling death