On the 28th April 2023, the Annual consortium meeting of the JATC-2 project took place, within the exciting atmosphere of the 9th European Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH), from the 26th to the 28th April 2023.
ECToHs are organised every three years under the auspices of the Association of European Cancer League (ECL). These Conferences are recognised internationally as a main European forum for tobacco control advocates. Each ECToH is attended by important policy makers, scientists, researchers, advocacy officers, health professionals as well as all others strongly committed in the fight against tobacco.
The 2023 consortium meeting brought together experts and regulators from different EU MS, each bringing their unique expertise and perspectives to the table. The meeting commenced with an opening address by the Head Coordinator, setting the stage for the discussions ahead. Welcoming remarks were also provided by both HADEA and by DG SANTE, setting the stage for the discussions ahead.
The agenda unfolded, covering a range of topics and initiatives. Each presenter sharing their findings, their proposals, and success stories to date while planning of the next steps took place.
As the discussions progressed into the smaller working groups, the breakout sessions grew increasingly dynamic. Participants engaged in passionate discussions, challenging assumptions, and exploring potential synergies. The meeting room buzzed with energy as the attendees engaged in lively conversations, exchanging ideas, experiences, and insights.
Collaboration was not limited to the meeting room alone. During breaks and networking sessions, participants connected with one another, strengthening existing relationships and exploring new opportunities within the JATC-2 project.
The meeting concluded with a renewed sense of commitment and determination. The consortium members left the room with a shared understanding that their collaboration within the JATC2 project had the potential to affect tobacco control in Europe.
With a clear roadmap for the next months and a network of collaborators and partners the JATC-2 consortium is ready to take on the challenge and make a difference to tobacco control collaboration in Europe.