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[Press release] Health actors urge new European leaders to renew efforts to tackle public health challenges


Brussels, 5 September – Over the last two days, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) held its two-day annual conference entitled “Tectonic tensions – wealthy Europe’s fear of commitment”. The event brought together more than 30 speakers (1) from across Europe’s health professions, governments, the European Commission, civil society and an audience of more than 200 people. The conference addressed the future of public health in Europe just before (...)
05/09/2014

Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe


As a comprehensive approach to the achievement of good health and well-being, tackling health inequalities early and giving every child the best start to life, we welcome the proposed European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015-2020. We call on European Ministers of Health to endorse the proposed framework and to give priority to its implementation. Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Copenhagen, 15-18 (...)
02/09/2014

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2014 National Roma Integration Strategies


On 5 April 2011, the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, calling on Member States to prepare or revise National Roma Integration Strategies to more effectively address the challenges of Roma inclusion. In April 2014, the Commission presented its third assessment. EPHA provides a preliminary analysis of these recommendations, where they relate to Roma health, for each of the 28 EU Member States, ahead of discussions at the 2014 (...)
02/09/2014

[Press statement] EPHA calls on new Commission president to put people’s needs first


15 July 2014, Brussels –The European Parliament has confirmed Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. EPHA would like to congratulate Mr Juncker for the confirmation and urges him to commit his 2014-2019 mandate to the health and well-being of people living in Europe. “Health is one of the main concerns of people living in Europe. Bringing the activities of the European Union in line with people’s priorities is essential to creating a union (...)
15/07/2014

EU Court of Auditors slams EU CAP wine promotion budget as waste of taxpayers money


1 July, 2014 - A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that the need for an investment and promotion measures specific to the wine sector is not justified. The sector already enjoys support from the rural development programme. From a public health perspective, taxpayers money channeled to production and promotion of alcohol is a clear clash with EU policies designed and implemented to reduce alcohol consumption in Europe and beyond. One of EPHA’s (...)
01/07/2014

[EPHA visit to Romania] Pressing need to take Roma integration seriously


EPHA participated in a country visit to Romania, as part of a ’Together for better health, for us, by us’ delegation to discuss with key Romanian stakeholders (including civil society representatives) burning questions on Roma integration. A field visit to the Romanian villages ’Araci/Árapatak’ and ’Hetea/Hete’ reinforced evidence that the Roma population is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum. Roma in Romania and Europe suffer worse (...)
20/06/2014

[Press Release of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children] Will Europe 2020 deliver for children?


17 June 2014, Brussels - Press Release of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children (1) ahead of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) 19-20 June 2014 and in view of their expected approval of the Country-Specific Recommendations, as a reaction to the 2014 National Reform Programmes. Europe is at a crossroads. The mid-term review of Europe 2020 offers an opportunity to re-focus hearts and minds on what matters most for Europe’s political, social (...)
17/06/2014

38 leading organisations urge European Council to protect migrant children’s rights


Joint open letter to the European Council calling for European commitments on children’s rights to be prioritised in future common migration and asylum policies Dear President Van Rompuy Brussels, 22 May 2014 - In view of the upcoming June European Council, where strategic guidelines will be adopted outlining future EU Home Affairs policies, we, the undersigned organisations, children’s ombudspersons of Europe and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child , are (...)
23/05/2014

Save the Children EU office event and report on Child Poverty and Social Exclusion in the EU


During the financial crisis, the number of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Europe went up by almost 1 million, with an increase of around half a million in just one year between 2011 and 2012, reaching a dramatic high of 27 million. Even in Europe’s richest countries, in Scandinavia, children’s rights are not always respected – as shown in Save the Children’s new European report, ’CHILD POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION – A matter of (...)
22/05/2014

Roma Health Matters - Dialogue with Civil Society on Roma Integration


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) dedicated its 12 May public hearing to the issue of Roma Health and discrimination, to which EPHA, other civil society organisations and European institutions were invited . By presenting the evidence-based EPHA Position on Roma Health, EPHA highlighted the key role Roma Health Mediators (RHM) could play to promote meaningful Roma integration. Background information - ongoing EESC dialogue with the European civil society The Employment, (...)
12/05/2014