The results of a 2-year project co-ordinated by the University of Crete and paid for by the EU's Directorate General for Health & Consumer Protection have recently been reported (see http://eurodiet.med.uoc.gr ) The experts were given carte blanche to tell us what and how much they thought we should eat and what the dietary goals for EU consumers should be - the "euro diet". Their recommendations will feed into the French Presidency this autumn and may yet end up as EU policies.The aims of the project were, "To enable a co-ordinated EU and member state health promotion programme on nutrition, diet and healthy lifestyles by establishing a network, strategy and action plan for the development of European dietary guidelines, which will provide a framework for the development by member states of national food-based dietary targets". Leading scientists from the member states and eastern European countries, and policy advisers and representatives from national and European agencies and NGOs made their contribution to the project. There was also input from representatives from the food chain industry and from educational, medical, social and consumer organisations. The four inter-linked components examined in the project were;