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[EU Commission report] Health inequalities in the EU. Gaps in life expectancy and infant mortality narrow; unequal progress and gradient prevalent

The 2013 European Commission’ Report on Health Inequalities in the European Union points to some positive developments in implementing the EU strategy on health inequalities, ’Solidarity in Health’ (2009), while concluding that more action is needed at local, national and EU levels. Overall life expectancy and infant mortality improved but health inequalities between social groups remain high and persistent with an additional current and future challenge due to the (...)

[Right to Water] European Citizens Initiative condemns mayor of Hungarian town of Ózd for cutting people off water

European and international media have widely reported the 2nd August decision of the city mayor Pál Fürjes of the Hungarian town Ózd to reduce water pressure or stop supplying altogether in 88 roadside pumps. This happening underlines the importance of the European Citizens Initiative Right to Water campaign and the demand that the European Commission takes further steps to guarantee people living in Europe safe and clean drinking water in accordance with UN obligations. (Hungarian (...)

The future of Europe’s Horticulture sector - strategies for growth

Following the European Parliament’s event on the Future of Europe’s Horticulture Sector and in light of an upcoming Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development own-initiative report on the subject, the role of the EU fruit and vegetables’ sector for public health and consumers’ considerations is to be enhanced. Malnutrition in all its forms – undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, alongside the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as (...)

EPHA joins call to policy-makers to further promote fruit and vegetables intake in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

EPHA has co-signed several letters calling European policy-makers to step up efforts towards an enhanced role of fruit and vegetables in the prevention of diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The initiative came out as a follow-up to meetings of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity, and the WHO European Region conference on Nutrition and Non-communicable Diseases in the context of Health2020 at the (...)

Investing in Children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage - Analysis of the European Commission Recommendation

In late February, the European Commission issued its Recommendations on Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage. In this article EPHA takes an in-depth look at the paper, highlights its main conclusions and evaluates the key findings. 26 June 2013 - Children are more at risk of poverty or social exclusion than the overall population in a large majority of EU countries. At present, out of around 120 million Europeans living at risk of poverty and/or social exclusion, 27% (...)

MEPs approve Fund for European Aid to Most Deprived

As the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) agreed, the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived must be, at least, maintained at today’s level of €3.5 billion. MEP also decided on the mandatory participation of EU Member States in this scheme. Additionally, co-financing was put at 85% or even 95% rate for Member States hardest hit by the crisis. EPHA welcomes the European Parliament’s move but urges the Fund to provide healthy and more nutritious food, as well as (...)

The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA)

‘The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) is an open network of European and national civil society organisations willing to promote active citizenship as a core element of the European democracy in the context of the European Year of Citizens 2013.’ The EYCA On 11 August 2011, the European Commission proposed to designate 2013 as the “European Year of Citizens” to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union Citizenship under the (...)

European Parliament puts spotlight on the importance of social housing in the EU

On June 11, the Plenary Session of the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of an initiative report on social housing in the European Union, drafted by Karima Delli MEP (France, Greens/European Free Alliance). European, local and regional representatives have meanwhile launched a petition for a European social housing action framework. In the same vein, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently published a new sectoral briefing on housing. The EP report acknowledges the role (...)

[Save the date] CECODHAS Housing Europe colloquium on the question “Where is housing in the future social contract?”

On 24 and 25 June, CECODHAS Housing Europe (a network of 45 national and regional federations of public, voluntary and cooperative housing providers)) will hold a colloquium on the question “ Where is housing in the future social contract?” in Leuven (Belgium). There will be maximum of 60 participants to ensure productive discussions with participants invited from a range of EU countries and with different housing sector interests. The summer academy will build on the expertise of participants to draw up a participatory programme.


MEPs’ rejection of cuts for EU’s Fund for Most Deprived should be followed by more healthy and nutritious food provision

Following the vote by the European Parliament’s Social Affairs Committee on Monday (21 May 2013) rejecting the Commission’s proposal for one billion cut to the Fund for the 2014-2020 European Aid to the Most Deprived, EPHA applauds the Committee’s move whilst asking to re-consider its take on health and nutritional value of the food aid provision to the EU’s poor. The new 2014-2020 programme is intended to replace the Food Distribution Programme designed to (...)