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[Press statement] EPHA calls on new Commission president to put people’s needs first


15 July 2014 –The European Parliament has confirmed Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. EPHA would like to congratulate Mr Juncker for the confirmation and urges him to commit his 2014-2019 mandate to the health and well-being of people living in Europe. “Health is one of the main concerns of people living in Europe. Bringing the activities of the European Union in line with people’s priorities is essential to creating a union that serves (...)
15/07/2014

[Europe+] Open Letter to new Members of the European Parliament


Brussels, 8 July 2014 – Today marks the official launch of Europe+ (Civil Society for the Renewal of European Democracy), a broad grass-roots alliance which brings together over 40 organisations from civil society calling for renewed and better functioning democracy in the EU. Founded over the past year, during a time when Europe has been facing testing political and economic challenges, Europe+ is being officially launched at the European Parliament. A transparent and inclusive (...)
08/07/2014

eHealth Stakeholder Group report highlights importance of health inequalities


26 April, 2014 - The first reports of the eHealth Stakeholder Group, a European Commission advisory body led by DG CONNECT, were released in April. There are four major areas in which the EHSG made specific recommendations for action, including patient access to electronic health records (EHRs), wider deployment of telemedicine services, and increasing interoperability between eHealth solutions and healthcare systems. As an issue leader on health inequalities and e-Health, EPHA led a (...)
24/04/2014

[EPHA Briefing] Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and Equal Treatment Legislation in Europe


The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) hosts the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting on 10-11 April in Vienna. EPHA, as FRP member organisation, stresses the importance of civil society involvement in Fundamental Rights discussions and takes this opportunity to publish its Briefing on Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and equal treatment legislation in Europe since the Right to Health is Fundamental. The briefing explores the different human rights instruments (1), examines human (...)
10/04/2014

[European elections] S&D Group stand on Health workforce


The S&D Group from the European Parliament launched this week a 10 point Plan called “Europe Back to work”. It consists on a series of measures that they want to implement in order to take Europe out of the crises and is being presented in the context of this May’s European Elections. As EPHA we have taken a closer look to what it says on health and social related issues that might be of interest for the Public Health Community. Health workforce and labour shortages (...)
05/04/2014

[Press release] The first European Citizens’ Summit: bringing Europe back to its people


25 June 2013, Brussels – The last two days have seen a unique gathering of European citizens and NGO representatives from all major civil society sectors discussing how to create a fairer, more socially-focused and sustainable future for Europe. Organised by the Civil Society Contact Group (CSCG) and DEEEP (1), this assembly brought together the ultimate stakeholders of decision making, the citizens, just days before the European Council of Heads of State and Government meets in (...)
25/06/2013

Fundamental Rights to Promote Public Health


The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has organised the 6th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP), its flagship event to meet with civil society representatives working on fundamental rights. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) participated in the event for the first time, bringing the public health community’s voice in substantive discussions about Fundamental Rights. What about Fundamental Rights? Fundamental Rights are rights that are recognised and guaranteed by international (...)
02/05/2013

European Year for Citizens - moving to a Union for Citizens


On 23 April 2013 the European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, organised a high level event to help focus on European citizens and how they can contribute to shaping the European Union. The Ombudsman was joined by, among others, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Maroš Šefčovič Vice-President of the European Commission. EPHA congratulates the European Ombudsman for addressing the (...)
23/04/2013

EP resolution underlines the need for action on medicines access problem


On 18 April, the European Parliament (EP) voted on a Resolution on the impact of the financial and economic crisis on human rights. The resolution highlighted some of the global impacts of the crisis on the right to health. EPHA applauds the EP’s recognition of the multiple impacts of the crisis on ordinary people and the need to further champion public health across Europe. The Resolution states that "the rising price of medicines (by up to 30%) is having a negative impact on the (...)
18/04/2013

[European Network for Workplace Health Promotion] Guide to good practices on chronically ill employees


The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) has released its European Guide to Good Practice on chronically ill employees. Chronic illness poses a major challenge for public health - it is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in Europe, and has a major impact not only on the life expectancy but also in the years of good health lived. In addition, there is reasonable evidence that chronic disease affects earnings, the ability to work, job turnover and disability. (...)
16/04/2013