Monika Kocmanova, member of the Department of Research and Development of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) of the Czech Republic, is the representative of the Czech Republic in the Management Board of JPI HDHL. She also is contact person for the Call 2017 for the Joint Funding Action “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle intervention – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)”.

Austrian FP9 Think Tank published a position paper on “Fostering Impact and Sustainable Collaboration in FP9 within a new Common Research, Technology and Innovation Policy”.

Austria, one of the member countries of the JPI HDHL, has established a FP9 Think Tank in May 2016 in order to develop ideas for a future European Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) policy, and specifically a more effective and efficient Framework Programme. Based on its Theses Paper the Think Tank elaborates further on some of the ideas in its second paper, and makes more concrete suggestions for the future of the EU’s RTI policy.

In Europe today there is an increasing lack of public confidence in the food supply despite the fact that our food is arguably safer and more accessible than ever before. EUFIC has published a handbook on “How to talk about food risk” to proactively communicate about food, reassure the public about its safety, restore consumers’ trust in the authorities charged with regulating it, and help people understand how to eat safely and healthily.

The fourth international conference of the Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” (JPI HDHL) will take place on Friday the 1st December 2017 in Brussels (Belgium). The conference will bring together and stimulate the dialogue between stakeholders in the area of food, nutrition and health including policy makers, funders, scientists, health care professionals, industry and NGO’s. During the conference, an overview of the achievements and future objectives of the JPI HDHL, including the running Joint Actions, will be presented.

Finland has published a government report on food policy. The aim of the food policy is to promote the population’s nutritional status and well-being through food. Food policy covers a broad range of issues concerning the production, processing, distribution and consumption of food. The national economy, public health and the well-being of the environment are all closely connected to food policy decisions.

Increasing harmonisation and standardisation of data in nutrition research is an important next step to stimulate data sharing and open science. This was one of the main outcomes of the JPI HDHL workshop organised in February 2017 about data sharing and data stewardship. During the workshop, the role of the JPI HDHL, the needs and gaps of the field and the next steps that JPI HDHL could take were discussed.

EuroFIR, the European Food Information Resource platform will held its annual Food Forum and Symposium on 5-6th April 2017 in Brussels. The Food Forum is an event combining association, project meetings and a Symposium opened to all. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with EuroFIR members and others international researchers, dietitians, nutritionists, SMEs, health and food public authorities, and exchange ideas on food and research in Europe and worldwide.

In the light of the Food 2030 Policy Framework the EC organised a workshop on Smart Personalized Nutrition in June 2016. A report about the results of this workshop, including the way forward for Research and Innovation and the Food 2030 Policy Framework, has recently been published. Pamela Byrne, chair of JPI HDHL, contributed to the workshop and the published report

As part of its working programme for 2017, the Commission will take forward work and consult widely on simplification and modernisation of the CAP to maximise its contribution to the Commission's ten priorities and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will focus on specific policy priorities for the future and the starting point will be a well-founded assessment of the performance of the current policy.

The ERA HDHL partners are pleased to announce the launch of the second joint funding action ““Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)“ within ERA HDHL implementing the JPI HDHL objectives to be expected by the end of February 2017.

The aim of the call is to establish a transnational, multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior with a standardized approach across Europe.