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[EPHA Position Paper] Sustainable Food Systems


October 16 - On the United Nations’ World Food Day 2013 themed "Healthy People depend on Healthy Food Systems", and after contributing to the European Commission’s consultation on a Sustainable Food Systems, EPHA launch a position paper on the issue to add to an ongoing debate between Civil Society, policy-makers and other stakeholders. What we eat and how our food is produced and consumed is important for our health - health is a prerequisite for economic growth and inclusive (...)
16/10/2013

[Joint press release] Civil society urges decision-makers to step up action to tackle health inequalities


17 September, 2013 (Brussels) – On the occasion of two major recent reports reviewing trends and progress on health inequalities in Europe -by the European Commission (1) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe (2)-, EPHA and its partners (3) call - yet again - for urgent and concerted action among all relevant actors to close the huge, persistent and growing health divide between the richest and the poorest in our societies. Despite this issue being high on political agendas for the (...)
17/09/2013

[WHO Europe Report] 2013 Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region: final report


At its sixty-third session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe’s meeting, the 2013 Review on Social Determinants and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region has been released. While applauding remarkable health gains and progressive improvements in the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work, the report re-states a well-known fact - that inequities persist both between and within countries. Commissioned to support the development of the new European policy (...)
17/09/2013

[Eurochild analysis] The 2013 National Reform Programmes: CHILDREN left behind


According to their analysis of the 2013 National Reform Programmes (NRPs), Eurochild concludes that EU Member States have failed to prioritise child poverty and well-being in their NRPs and have not put children at the heart of policy reforms. Based on the 2013 NRPs, the European Commission produced, earlier this year, the 2013 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) of which some touch upon the child and the Roma populations, as analysed by EPHA. The Europe 2020 strategy aims to boost (...)
12/09/2013

[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 (...)
11/09/2013

[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 (...)
23/08/2013

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 (...)
18/07/2013

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 (...)
17/07/2013

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% (...)
26/06/2013

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 (...)
24/06/2013