David Byrne presented Award
September 15, 2016
On the occasion of the 11th Annual Meeting of Cancer Institute Directors (NCID2016), Mr. David Byrne was presented with the World Prevention Alliance / International Prevention Research Institute award in recognition of his contribution to Cancer Control.
The former Barrister and Attorney General for Ireland was appointed European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection in 1999 and served until 2004. During his term as Commissioner, the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) were created. Notably, he steered into European law Directive 2001/37/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products: this pioneering law against Tobacco paved the way for individual national laws. This was followed-up by his sponsorship of the European Tobacco Advertising Directive (2003/33/EU) which banned all cross border advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products in Europe. This represents a major contribution to Cancer Control.