Flour fortification in Europe is lagging well behind the rest of the world and European countries have a high burden of preventable neural tube defects and iron deficiency damage especially to women and children. To turn this meeting into a success very important leaders from Europe from various communities are coming together. This includes leaders from medical and public health science, industry, the disability community, government food regulators, and international institutions such as the UN and the EU (DG SANCO). We have identified people from these sectors from several EU countries including Ireland, UK, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and Italy, who are actively already engaged in trying to move the matter forward in their countries. A few key resource people from the US will also attend (especially from the CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Alan Court, Director of the Program Division of UNICEF and Vice Chair of FFI along with Pierre Mertens, IF President will give the challenge and opening remarks at the meeting.
MEETING BY INVITATION
Thursday 8 November (start 15.00)
Friday 9 November (end 14.00)
Blueprint Partners Sprl
Avenue des Arts/Kunstlaan 58, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Blueprint Partners is located in the Brussels city centre very near to the EU area. The venue is wheelchair accessible and within reach of public transport.
HOW TO REACH THE MEETING VENUE
• Train: get off at “Bruxelles Gare Centrale”/“Brussel Centraal”
• Metro: get off at station “Trone”/ “Troon”
• By foot: approximately 15 minutes walk from the Brussels Central railway station (Bruxelles Gare Centrale/Brussel Centraal)
Hotels in Brussels can be booked via www.booking.com
Below three options with their special offers on the basis of group booking which can be booked via us:
*** Hotel Astrid (near to Metro St Katelijne/St Catherine and about 2 km from meeting venue) – 20 rooms available
Place du Samedi/Zaterdagplein 11
Cost: €102 a night for single room / €124 for double room (breakfast included)
*** Hotel Aris (near to Brussels Central railway station and about 1 km from the meeting venue) – 10 rooms available
Rue du marché aux herbes/Grasmarkt 78-80
Cost: €115 a night for single room / €135 for double room (breakfast included)
*** Hotel Alma (near to Brussels Central railway station and about 1 km from meeting venue) – 10 rooms available
Rue des Eperonniers/Spoormakersstraat 42-44
Cost : €115 a night for a single room / €135 for double room (breakfast included)
Check-in / check-out from the hotels
CHECK-IN: from 15.00 (but luggage can be left at the hotel before that time)
CHECK-OUT: at 11.00
If you are interested in a room in one of the three above mentioned hotels, please, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning the preferred hotel before actually proceeding with the payment. You will then receive a response as soon as possible to let you know whether your preferred option is still available. This way, the limited number of rooms in the Aris and Alma hotel will not be overbooked.
Please note that the rooms in the three mentioned hotels need to be confirmed by us before Friday 19 October 2007.