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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’ (...)

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 (...)

European Parliament adopts report on new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

At its plenary meeting in Strasbourg on 25 February, the European Parliament adopted MEP Emer Costello’s report on a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAMD). The proposal is due to be definitely adopted by the EU’s Council of Ministers in the coming weeks. EPHA has been active on the issue from a public health perspective with a view to ensuring the programme distributes nutritious foods that contribute to good health of the most vulnerable. Whilst welcoming the (...)

European Networks unite for Europe’s Children

A year ago, the European Commission adopted the Recommendation ’Investing in Children – Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage’, which called for concerted efforts across Europe to end child poverty and promote child well-being. On the anniversary of the adoption of this landmark recommendation, several European networks, whose members are active in tackling child poverty and promoting children’s well-being, have agreed to work together in the framework of an EU Alliance (...)

Post-2015: The role of Global Health Research and Development (R&D) in the new development framework

This position paper, supported by 23 leading Global Health NGOs from both sides of the Atlantic, calls on both public and private stakeholders to ensure that R&D investment targets for poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRNDs) are guaranteed and strongly supported across the board. Research and innovation are critical components in the right to health for all While everybody recognises that health is an essential precondition for development, the research and innovation (...)

[Save the date] Patients’ Needs Driving Innovation in Global Health: March 10th, 2014

EPHA is organising a joint debate about the pivotal role that patients should play in creating innovative, affordable and quality technologies and products for poverty-related and neglected diseases. To register, please RSVP with your full name and contact details at anne.herrmann@dsw-brussels.org by March 6th.

EPHA co-signs letter in support for a more coherent and rights-based policy approach towards migrant children and children’s rights

While the European Commission finalises its Communication on the future of Justice and Home Affairs policies, a number of migrants’ rights and children’s rights organisations, have written to the European Commission’s President Barroso to request a more coherent and rights-based policy approach towards migrant children. Specifically, the letter asks that future Home Affairs policy addresses existing shortcomings in meeting the EU’s legal obligations towards migrant (...)

EU Parliament inquiry on the Troika - implications of policy change in member states’ welfare

On 7 January the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament started a hearing regarding the consequences of Troika policies on the Member States affected by the bailout (Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus). This Committee has drafted a report that voices concerns about the negative social implications on the populations of these countries, especially the most vulnerable. Social benefits, wages and health expenditure among other things have been drastically (...)

[EPHA explainer] Enforcement of the European Social Charter (ESC): The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) and the collective complaints procedure

Within the Framework of the Council of Europe, a regional international institution entitled to monitor the respect of basic Human Rights, the European Social Charter sets out social rights and freedoms and establishes a supervisory mechanism guaranteeing their respect by the States Parties. This mechanism, intended to ensure respect of social rights, has two basic elements: the European Committee of Social Rights (a quasi international Court) and the collective complaints procedure. (...)