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Brussels, 18 May 2015 – - The European Commission released its European Agenda on Migration (1) on Wednesday 13 May. EPHA welcomes that action is finally being stepped up and more funding being made available, but warns that health requires further support. Health concerns – of migrants and of receiving countries’ populations - are notably absent in the agenda, which merely mentions the need to support ‘reception and capacity to provide healthcare to migrants in the (...)
Access to Medicines
Universal Health Care (UHC)
asylum seekers and refugees
On 12 May the European Commission published The 2015 Ageing Report, which presents economic and budgetary projections for the 28 EU member states for the period 2013-2060.
Though the total population is set to grow relatively steadily, the old-age dependency ratio – the number of people aged 65 or over relative to those aged 15-64 – is expected to almost double by 2060. Whereas there are currently four working-age persons for every one person over 65, this would mean a drop to (...)
Brussels, 11 May 2015 – The 2015 eHealth forum, organised under the auspices of the Latvian Presidency will discuss the next steps regarding the further roll-out of eHealth in Europe. Mobile smartphone applications in particular have propelled eHealth centre stage in recent years. As noted in the European Commission’s Green Paper on mobile Health (mHealth) (1), 100,000 health apps are already on the market, and it is estimated that 50% of smartphone owners will be using them by (...)
In the run-up to the event, ’Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU: Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence’, Health Workers for All (HW4All) have released a number of case studies that highlight good practices related to achieving a more equitable distribution of health workers across Europe, while highlighting the importance of respecting internationally mobile health workers’ rights.
Four op-ed articles have been released since December by HW4All coordinator (...)
In December 2014, the European Commission launched the latest public consultation on the review of the Working Time Directive 2003/88/EC in the hope to make progress following the failed negotiations of the cross-sectoral social partners at the end of 2012.
The Commission’s declared goal is to consider making appropriate changes that would make the Directive more suitable for dealing with the ongoing challenges Europe’s employment sectors are subject to. The outcomes of the (...)
Since EU accession in 2007 Romania and Bulgaria have struggled to retain qualified health professionals. Doctors and nurses in particular have been leaving in significant numbers. Given the impacts of out-migration on health system sustainability and access to healthcare, the initiative taken by a regional hospital in Southern Romania has been highlighted by the Health Workers For All project as good practice in effective cross-border cooperation.
Long-term planning and the use of (...)
November 20014 - Despite the existence of various pro-public health guidelines, Mr. Juncker’s Commission Programme gives cause for concern.
The European Commission President Mr. Juncker and First Vice-President Mr. Timmermans outlined the draft list of key initiatives that constitute the Commission Work Programme (CWP), with an aim for it to be adopted in Strasbourg on December 16 after a discussion with the Members of the European Parliament. In a meantime, a number of political (...)
November 2014 - The new Commission under President Jean-Claude Juncker officially took office on 1st November. EPHA has closely monitored the evaluation process of the new College of Commissioners and collected the health relevant commitments the Commissioners for Health and Food Safety; Internal Market, Industry, Entrepeneurship and SMEs; and Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobilty.
Vytenis Andriukatis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (EPHA evaluation of his (...)
28 October 2014, Brussels – MEPs, patients and the European public health community are today asking President-elect Juncker to clarify whether medical devices and health technologies will remain in the directorate for health or not. Fears over patient safety remain as Mr Juncker has so far failed to publicly clarify his ambiguous statement (1) last week to the European Parliament.
Last week’s statement of the European Commission’s President-elect that the competence for (...)
Further to our Joint Letter of 16 September 2014 (1) , we are contacting you again to express our gratitude for your decision (2) to move the competence for medicines and pharmaceutical products back into the hands of the European Commissioner for Health. We firmly believe that this directorate is best placed to ensure a good balance between economic and public health objectives while promoting ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive’ growth for Europe.
28 October 2014, Brussels (...)