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Nutrition in European Parliament’s Motion for Resolution on Gastronomic Heritage


This newly adopted motion for a resolution drafted by Santiago Fisas Ayxela MEP (EPP, ES) from the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Culture and Education calls for improved food literacy among the European population through full realisation of cultural and educational aspects of the European gastronomic heritage. The report makes strong links between food and nutrition, education and health-related issues, notably poor-diet related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). However, it also (...)
22/04/2014

[EPHA report] EU Summit on Chronic Diseases


On 3 and 4 April 2014 in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) held the first ever ’EU Summit on Chronic Diseases’ to address the medical, social and economic burden of chronic disease in the EU. The event brought together key policymakers, stakeholders, and interest groups to explore ways to tackle chronic diseases effectively. EPHA President Peggy Maguire contributed to the Summit with key messages. At the end of the event, the EC published the Summit Conclusions and calls (...)
16/04/2014

The Council approves EU tobacco legislation fitted to the twenty-first century


Brussels, 14 March 2014 — Today the Council endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the European Parliament last December. After more than three years of delays and policy making, today’s decision delivers to people living in Europe a tobacco regulation better able to protect us from misleading marketing. The new TPD does not set global standards on public health protection - see the example of Uruguay and Australia. Yet, this new legislation updates (...)
14/03/2014

[Event] Big alcohol, big tobacco, big influence. New vectors for global diseases


You are invited to a Westminster debate: health policy making for the 21st century: unhealthy environments, vested interests or inadequate people? Tuesday 1 April 2014 | 14:00–16:00 | Committee Room 8, The Palace of Westminster The dominant global diseases of the 19th and 20th centuries were typically infections and malnutrition associated with poverty and unhealthy environments. According to the World Health Organization the leading diseases in the 21st century are the so called (...)
12/03/2014

Cancer registries: a model to be replicated or used for other chronic diseases?


The European Parliament organised a workshop ’Towards a European Cancer Information System’ on 12 February 2014 which looked at the state of play of cancer registries in Europe. EPHA took part in the debate and put forward a question on the potential use of cancer registries for other chronic diseases. A disease registry is a computer application ‘‘used to capture, manage, and provide information on specific conditions to support the organised care management of (...)
04/03/2014

[Press release] The European Parliament stands on the public health side in tobacco vote


Brussels, 26 February 2014 — Today, the European Parliament endorsed an agreement for a new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the Council last December (1). “This vote comes not a moment too soon given the challenges in reaching the adoption of the Tobacco Products Directive. The European Public Health Alliance hopes this will encourage Member States to strengthen their tobacco control measures, following examples from progressive global leaders in tobacco (...)
26/02/2014

EPHA Urges Members of the European Parliament to adopt the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)


Brussels 21 February 2013 - Ahead of the plenary vote on the report on the Tobacco Products Directive of 26 February, EPHA calls upon Members of the European Parliament to support the Directive. Why is the vote essential from a public health point of view? Europe has already fallen behind internationally on tobacco control and this Directive is essential if we are going to respect our obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The revision of the Tobacco Products (...)
21/02/2014

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week | 19 - 25 January 2014


The European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) invites its members, friends and colleagues to join them in celebrating the 8th Annual European Cervical Cancer Prevention Weekraising awareness of this uniquely preventable cancer, the second most common cancer worldwide in women under the age of forty-four. In the EU, 31,300 women develop and 13,600 die from cervical cancer annually with higher rates in new Member States. On average, there are 175,000 women living with cervical cancer (...)
20/01/2014

[EPHA explainer] Lost in co-decision? A case study on the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) & e-cigarettes


18 December 2014 - The Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC) regulates the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products in the EU 28 Member States. The future EU legislation of nicotine containing products (NCPs) including e-cigarettes is part of the ongoing discussion on the revision of the TPD. EPHA explains the basics of the ordinary legislative procedure, gives an overview about the TPD revision process and addresses some questions as regards e-cigarettes. Ordinary (...)
24/12/2013

[EPHA Briefing] Regulation of Nicotine Containing Products (NCPs) including electronic cigarettes


3 December 2013 - The future legislation of nicotine containing products (NCPs) including e-cigarettes is part of the ongoing discussion on the revision of Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). In light of the available regulatory options EPHA has identified and presented in a briefing document, EPHA recommends principles of future EU wide NCP legislation, public health requirements of NCPs, and policy options for regulating NCPs. The future legislation of Nicotine containing products (NCPs) (...)
03/12/2013