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Housing rights: Breakthrough ruling by the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe body responsible for monitoring the implementation of the European Social Charter, the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR), reached the decision that France is in violation of the Charter with regard to housing rights. The ECSR - the Council of Europe’s body responsible for the implementation of the European Social Charter - has ruled that France is not in conformity with Article 31 of the Charter on six grounds. These include the poor implementation of, (...)
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DG Sanco Director General lecture on the ethics of health policy

CHES, the Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society, held its annual lecture on Thursday the 5th of June 2008 on ’The Role of Ethics in Shaping Health Policy’ Chaired by the European Policy Centre. The talk was given by the for the European Commission, Robert Madelin. Mr Madelin gave an very clear and impressive talk on the issues facing the integration of Health policy with economic policy and the ethical implications. He started out by saying that health is a relatively young (...)

Public consultation on future of EU scheme "Food Distribution to the Most Deprived Persons"

The European Commission has launched a public Internet consultation on the EU scheme to distribute free food to people in need in the Community. The public is invited to give a feed-back on a number of key questions in relation with the EU programme to distribute free food to the most deprived persons in the Community through a call for contributions to a large internet-consultation. The consultation runs until 14 May. Since 1986, the European Commission made available some € 2.5 (...)

FEANTSA supports a parliamentary initiative to end street homelessness

The European Federation on National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) is supporting a cross-party written declaration on ending street homelessness. FEANTSA supports a parliamentary initiative to end homelessness calling upon : the Council to obtain an EU-wide commitment to end street homelessness by 2015; the Commission to develop a European framework definition of homelessness, elicit statistical data, and provide annual updates on action taken and progress made in EU (...)

*Updated* Social reality stock-taking: European Parliament response to Commission consultation

This article has been updated with the recent communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, which was adopted on 20 November 2007. As a result of this additional document, the new deadline for responses has been postponed until 15 February 2008. In an own-initiative report on Europe’s social reality, the European Parliament asks the Commission and Member States to aggressively (...)

Improving efforts to tackle TB in Europe

2007 has seen several international developments to spur Europe into action on tackling TB. The challenge for 2008 will be to retain this momentum and translate it into policy action.

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Guide launching for the social integration of Roma in Europe

The Good practice guide for the social inclusion of Roma in Europe has been presented in the final conference of the ROMAin Project. Patricia Fernandez from EPHA attended the event on 7 November 2007, in the European Parliament, Brussels. The guide is the main result of the two-year Romain Project, funded by the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities), which developed recommendations to influence public and social policies to combat the exclusion of (...)

Portuguese Presidency organises conferences on migrants and health and social services

Health and Migration in the EU - better health for all in an inclusive society A major initiative of the Portuguese Presidency in the field of health, has been the conference "Health and Migration in the EU - better health for all in an inclusive society", held in Lisbon on 27 and 28 September. The conference aimed at mobilizing Member States, national and international organizations, and some NGOs, to discuss proposals for interventions that would promote health, prevent disease, and (...)

Consultation on European Social Realities, 2007

On 3 September 2007 FEANTSA, an EPHA member, addressed a statement to the European Commission public consultation on European Social Realities. FEANTSA statement, September 2007The public consultation on the "social reality" of Europe aims to generate debate on social realities across Europe. The Commission wants to ’listen’, not only test policy options. The role of European policies is therefore left entirely open. Following the communication of the European Commission (...)
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Indian Court rejects Novartis challenge to generics

The high court in Madras has rejected the Novartis challenge to Indian Patent laws. Campaigners for access to essential medicines have welcomed the courts ruling, having feared that any other judgement would have jeopardised the large scale generic drug manufacturing industry in India. The company had claimed that Indian patent law did not comply with the country’s Constitution following the rejection of their patent application for a cancer drug "Glevic". The full text of the (...)