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[EPHA Professional Development Programme - Spring 2014] EU health advocacy training

On 24-25 March 2014 in Brussels EPHA launched the second part of its 6th 2013-2014 Professional Development Programme (PDP). This programme aims to train those new to the ’EU bubble’ to get an introduction to the European Union and more particularly to European health advocacy. EPHA PDP 2014 provides a chance for young professionals working primarily in health-related organisations or civil society organisations to: Build up the advocacy skills that make a successful (...)

EDF, AGE, Platform Europe & ANEC urge the Council to support the Parliament’s position on web accessibility

26 February 2014 | Today Members of the European Parliament have shown their strong commitment to a more inclusive Internet for all. The Parliament’s report on the proposal for a Directive on the Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies’ Websites has introduced extremely valuable changes to the Commission proposal. These will benefit the majority of citizens across the EU and will boost the web-developing European marketplace, giving a perfect example of how a piece of (...)

EU Parliament inquiry on the Troika - implications of policy change in member states’ welfare

On 7 January the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament started a hearing regarding the consequences of Troika policies on the Member States affected by the bailout (Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus). This Committee has drafted a report that voices concerns about the negative social implications on the populations of these countries, especially the most vulnerable. Social benefits, wages and health expenditure among other things have been drastically (...)

EPHA news feed on the prospective EU-US Trade Agreement (TTIP) & its potential impact on public health - Subscribe!!

This week EPHA launched a weekly news feed about the latest developments around the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US and the potential negative effect it may have on public health outcomes on both sides of the Atlantic. To learn more about this topic, you can read: [EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health? This digest will primarily focus on (...)

[Press Release] The Annual Growth Survey: rebalancing fiscal consolidation with social justice to achieve sustainable health and social protection systems.

Brussels, 13 November – The 4th Annual Growth Survey (AGS), setting out what the European Commission believes must be the EU’s priorities for the coming 12 months in terms of economic, budgetary policies and reforms to boost growth and employment, was released on November 13.(1) The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes recognition of: the need to tackle the social consequences of the crisis; ensuring the financial sustainability of social protection and healthcare (...)

[EPHA Professional Development Programme 2013] EU health advocacy training

EPHA Professional Development Programme 2013: Join an EU health advocacy training on’ Campaigning for the European elections 2014 and the 2014-2019 new Commission.’ On December 4-5-6 EPHA launches its 6th Professional Development Programme (PDP) which aims to train those new to the ’EU bubble’ to get an introduction to the European Union and more particularly to European health advocacy. This year we plan to support participants in campaigning for the European (...)

[Press release] Joint declaration on access to medicines: ringing alarm bells on a deepening problem

10 July, Brussels –Today, seven leading civil society organisations (1) have issued a joint declaration (2) on the dreadful situation faced by millions in Europe regarding access to medicines and the dire health outcomes that result. The aim is to drive the discussion on these distressing issue which undermines public health in Europe. In addition, today the European Commission is set to propose its Innovation Investment Package (3). One of the package’s key areas will be (...)

[Declaration on Access to Medicines] Civil Society urges EU policy-makers to deliver sustainable access to medicines

Eight leading civil society organisations sent a joint statement on the dire situation regarding access to medicines as the Council is negotiating three key directives related to public health -clinical trials, medical devicesand price transparency. EU policy-makers must act to ensure access to affordable healthcare for all in Europe. EU Ministers of Health attend the informal EPSCO Council in Vilnius on 8-9 July and will discuss long-term perspectives of sustainable heath systems and (...)

[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 (...)

[EPT] Tobacco - Directive (Revision) - European Commission Proposal Revision of The Tobacco Products Directive (25 June 2013)

European Commission Proposal Revision of The Tobacco Products Directive. The Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC) regulates the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products in the EU 27 Member States. This notably covers the use of health warnings on packs, the prohibition of descriptions such as ’mild’ or ’light’, the maximum tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide yields, and the prohibition of the sale of tobacco for oral use. In February 2012, the (...)