Health Minister Edwin Poots is meeting his European Union counterparts in Dublin to discuss issues affecting people in Northern Ireland.
Mr Poots will join more than 40 delegates, including ministers and senior officials from all 27 European Union member states, as well as representatives from the European Commission at the meeting in the Republic.
On the agenda at the meeting is childhood obesity, the impact of the economic crisis on health systems and services, children with complex developmental needs, including autism, working towards a smoke-free environment and patient safety.
Mr Poots will also hold one-to-one meetings with the other health ministers and delegates from across the EU.
Mr Poots said: "This is a very high-level meeting with ministers from across the EU and it is important that I am able to bring issues to the table which affect Northern Ireland."