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Roma Health in Europe


Dear EPHA Members, We are very pleased to inform you that the European Commission intends to publish its assessment of the 2013 National Roma integration strategies on 2 April and that the next, invitation-only high level European Roma Summit is taking place in Brussels on 4 April. EPHA has received an invitation to this event. Using this opportunity, based on previous EPHA work in the Roma Policy field, the EPHA Secretariat has prepared a draft EPHA Position on Roma Health in Europe (...)
25/03/2014

EPHA submits comments to draft political declaration in the run-up to FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition


In the run up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November 2014, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization opened a public consultation with interested stakeholders on its zero draft political declaration (otherwise known as the Rome Accord), to gather comments on its vision for health and nutrition, a sensitive global food and farming system. EPHA submitted its comments to the document. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United (...)
24/03/2014

[Joint press release] Ball is in Council’s court to end health discrimination


Brussels, 18 March 2014 – The multiple forms of health and other discrimination faced by patients with chronic diseases and vulnerable groups, as well as the political commitment needed to combat this, were the focus of ‘Health in Europe, making it fairer’ (1) – a landmark conference organised today by the European Union’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) in Brussels. The patient and public health community congratulates Health (...)
18/03/2014

What the Europe 2020 review means for health


With the EU Institutions producing a tremendous amount of reading material every week, it is sometimes hard to discern which direction we should be pointing our limited resources and time. This is even more the case for many of us who are not based in Brussels and might not be familiar with the rather technical and suspiciously similar-sounding jargon emanating from the heart of Europe. This is why we have considered writing this article on the Europe 2020 Strategy Review that came out at (...)
17/03/2014

EU Council of Ministers adopts a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived


The European Union’s Council of Ministers adopted the Regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The Fund will give Member States €3.5 billion worth of support over 2014-2020 in their efforts to help Europe’s most vulnerable people and in particular those who have been worst affected by the on-going economic and social crisis. A successor to the Food for the Most Deprived scheme, the new fund aims to deliver beyond immediate food assistance (...)
12/03/2014

Civil Society urges President Barroso to reflect and re-focus on the Commission’s work on Sustainable Food


In light of the recent conference "Averting Farmageddon - Sustainable Food for All" co-organised by the Greek Presidency and the Compassion in World Farming, as well as the Commission’s long awaited Communication on Sustainable Food, civil society organisations wrote to President Barroso to urge that he reflect on current EU food production and consumption, especially from products of animal origin. As much as addressing food waste (is a predominant focus of the planned (...)
11/03/2014

EU Alliance for Investing in Children writes to the EPSCO Council - No Inclusive Growth with Increasing Child Poverty


There are 26,5 million children across the European Union at risk of poverty or social exclusion - half a million more than a year ago - and the economic, financial and social crisis is only putting even more children at risk. On the occasion of the EPSCO Council Meeting on 10 March, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children emphasises that tackling and preventing child poverty and social exclusion are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets. There is no inclusive growth without (...)
09/03/2014

[Joint open letter] Health actors write to Barroso proposing stronger health dimension


3 March 2014 - The European Commission is expected to launch its initial mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy in early March. This review will need to take stock of both the attention paid to the inclusive growth pillar of Europe 2020 and the progress towards the target. EPHA and EPF propose changes to strengthen the health dimension of the strategy and ways to engage more with civil society. 2014 will be a year of change for the EU, with upcoming European parliamentary elections, (...)
03/03/2014

EU Member States agree to act on Childhood Overweight and Obesity


The Greek Presidency "Nutrition and Physical Activity" conference of 24-25 February, saw the launch of the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity, initiated a year ago under the Irish Presidency of the EU. The Plan attempts to take into account the political complexity of all 28 EU Member States and aims to "demonstrate a shared commitment of addressing childhood obesity" by setting out eight priority areas for action "possible measures for consideration" while respecting countries’ (...)
02/03/2014

Alarming obesity rates in the WHO European Region require urgent action to protect children’s health


A recent WHO Europe Report, presenting an update on the marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children in the period 2012–2013, highlights increasing obesity rates in children. The overview about nutrition, obesity and physical inactivity in all 53 countries within the European Region, emphasises diverging obesity prevalence rates and the need for joint action to implement necessary policies on all levels, integrated in the WHO policy framework for health. According to a (...)
27/02/2014