Association Belge des Syndicats Médicaux

CPME Press Release: Doctors and Veterinarians strengthen co-operation and renew their Memorandum of Understanding

                                                                                                                                                                      Brussels, 19 November 2015



On 16 November 2015, Dr Katrín Fjeldsted, CPME President and Dr Rafael Laguens, FVE President, signed the CPME-FVE Memorandum of Understanding, which aims to strengthen both organisations’ co-operation framework.

The Memorandum of Understanding sets out an interprofessional co-operation framework to jointly act in recognition of the ‘One Health’ concept[1].

One key area of collaboration is Antimicrobial resistance. The rapid increase of antibiotic resistance constitutes a serious public health threat and necessitates a joint response, both in human and animal health. FVE and CPME also agree to collaborate on issues relating to professional regulation and other cross-sectoral policy areas such as the on-going negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).



The Memorandum of Understanding is available here.

The video of the signature is available here.



Notes to editors:

The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) represents national medical associations across Europe. CPME is committed to contributing the medical profession’s point of view to EU and European policy-making through pro-active cooperation on a wide range of health and healthcare related issues. CPME is registered in the Transparency Register with the ID number 9276943405-41.


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The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) is an umbrella organisation of 44 veterinary organisations from 38 European countries, representing a total of around 240.000 veterinarians. FVE strives to promote animal health, animal welfare and public health across Europe. FVE is registered in the Transparency Register with the ID number 3959733732-78.


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[1] “One Health” is defined as the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines — working locally, nationally, and globally — to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment.