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[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. (...)
20/01/2014

Legal action for Roma inclusion: a new dawn for Roma Health Mediators?


At its 9-10 December meeting, the Council of the European Union adopted unanimously the Council recommendations on effective Roma integration measures in the member states. They focus on the main vulnerability factors of Roma such as poor health, poor housing, poor nutrition, exclusion, discrimination, racism and violence. It’s of EPHA’s view that Roma Health Mediators can play an important role in its implementation. Now, it is up to EU Member States to translate the rhetoric (...)
11/12/2013

New Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived


European Parliament and EU Council agree to €3.5 billion on support to healthy diets including healthy diets

02/12/2013

[Mental health] Challenges and Possibilities. Conclusions of a Lithuanian Presidency conference


The conclusions from the Lithuanian Presidency conference on "Mental health: challenges and possibilities" (October, 2013) identified the urgent need to address mental health challenges by actions that are evidence based, efficient, and sensitive to the need and cultures of countries and their population groups. Challenges and recommended actions Intersectoral dimension and the need to adequately address promotion and prevention. It is recommended to strengthen mental health promotion (...)
28/11/2013

Intercultural mediator on Roma communities – the birth of a new profession?


Over the last 10 years, and in the course of several Roma integration programmes, a new function or rather a professional role has emerged: the Roma mediator - a professional involved in various fields (in particular the areas of Roma integration, education, health care, employment, and residence). In this article, Éva Deák, from the Partners Hungary Foundation, provides an overview on the link between social groups, different cultures, and about results and successes in understanding and (...)
24/11/2013

[OECD Health at a glance 2013] Major brake in health spending growth as governments cut budgets in the crisis


The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published the 7th edition of ’Health at Glance’, which provides the latest comparable data on health systems across all 34 OECD countries. Total health spending has fallen in one of three OECD countries between 2009 and 2011, with those hardest hit by the crisis most affected This seventh edition of ’Health at a Glance’ provides evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and (...)
20/11/2013

[European Parliament Plenary - November 2013] Final vote on the Common Agricultural Policy legislative proposals


At this week’s plenary meeting in Strasbourg (18-21 November 2013), the European Parliament (EP) voted on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) legislative proposals. Four reports - on Direct Payments, Single Common Market Organisation (CMO), Horizontal Measures, and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - presented a set of demands from democratically elected representatives of EU citizens on the CAP and its direction to steer what food; where and how is to be produced; (...)
20/11/2013

[EPHA Open Letter] WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary & Criminalisation of Homelessness in Hungary


Congratulations for the WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary and serious public health concerns about the Hungarian legislation regarding penalising street homelessness [English version] - Open letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor ORBÁN [Hungarian version] - Nyílt level ORBÁN Viktor, Magyarország Miniszterelnöke számára Dear Prime Minister, Firstly, I am writing to you to congratulate you for receiving the World No Tobacco Day 2013 award from the UN World Health (...)
12/11/2013

[OECD report launch] How’s Life in 2013?: Human cost of crisis calls for investment in well-being


Stemming from the Better Life Initiative, a newly-launched OECD report How’s Life? shows the economic crisis’ impact on people’s well-being, affecting not only their jobs and incomes but also, more importantly, their life satisfaction, housing conditions, trust in governments and working environments. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s report finds that these indicators declined the most in countries most affected by the crisis, and (...)
05/11/2013

A Roma perspective of EPHA 4th Annual conference


EPHA 4th Annual Conference on 4 & 5 September 2013 “Our health, our economy, our society, our future: a Brave New World” paid particular attention to the Roma perspective of breaking the cycle of inequalities. Epha would like to thank the Open Society Foundations - Roma Health Project to make possible for Roma health advocates from Central and Eastern Europe to participate in the event. After the event they, together with other Roma participants, shared their views about (...)
25/10/2013