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Health-related commitments of European Commissioners for Health, Industry and Social Affairs


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 (...)
28/11/2014

European Parliament adopts resolution on social aspects of Europe 2020 Strategy


On Tuesday 25 November, the European Parliament adopted at its Strasbourg plenary sitting a resolution on the employment and social aspects of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The resolution draws attention to the poor performance of the Strategy as regards its social and employment objectives and states that these have not been sufficiently reflected in the European Semester process. In the Resolution the Parliament calls for the introduction of additional indicators on child poverty, access (...)
26/11/2014

EPHA calls on national governments to support healthy nutrition while developing national operational programmes of the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived


September 2014 - European Public Health Alliance, Europe’s largest network of public health organisations and NGOs advocating for better health for all and reducing health inequalities, has launched its call on governments of all 28 EU Member States to support healthy nutrition while developing their national operational programmes for the new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived, formerly "Free Food for Europe’s Poor". As the responsibility for the programme oscillates (...)
04/11/2014

[Press release] 2nd European Citizens Summit legitimises an alternative Europe


24 September 2014, Brussels – The European Union (EU) should leave behind its economic growth obsession and focus instead on more transparent and sustainable policies, according to hundreds of people gathered at the flagship European Citizens summit event (1) in Brussels. The event comes as new European Commissioner candidates are set to be questioned by MEPs next week. A recurring question surrounding the Parliament elections in May was whether and how the EU will be able to regain (...)
24/09/2014

Call to EU Ministers of Health and pharma CEOs on access to new Hepatitis C treatment


European AIDS Treatment Group and its members call on the pharmaceutical industry, governments and policy makers to show their commitment to improving access to a new Hepatitis C virus (HCV) drug. Worldwide, about 150 million people suffer from chronic HCV. In 2010, HCV related mortality in the European Union was estimated at 57,000 with rates increasing. Hepatitis C is prevalent among people who inject drugs, patients after transfusions and health professionals. A new revolutionary (...)
08/08/2014

[Open letter] Europe + message to new European Parliament


Brussels, 1st of July 2014 - The European Parliament election results demonstrate a strong desire for change. From today you, as a new representative of the European people, have the opportunity to turn a new page, make daring political choices and propose institutional changes that will bring the EU closer to its citizens. If you don’t act now, others will take the opportunity to intigate negative reform. To the Members of the European Parliament Successive EU treaties have (...)
01/07/2014

[Joint press statement] Newly elected European Parliament to stand strong and ambitious on women’s health and rights


28 May 2014, Brussels - The health of women has a direct bearing on the health of future generations, families, communities and ultimately, [the health of societies. >http://orwh.od.nih.gov/resources/po... ] On the occasion of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health (1), European public health, health promotion and disease prevention, health professionals and women issues non-governmental organisations are calling for the newly elected European Parliament (EP), its (...)
28/05/2014

EU Alliance for Investing in Children writes to the EPSCO Council - No Inclusive Growth with Increasing Child Poverty


There are 26,5 million children across the European Union at risk of poverty or social exclusion - half a million more than a year ago - and the economic, financial and social crisis is only putting even more children at risk. On the occasion of the EPSCO Council Meeting on 10 March, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children emphasises that tackling and preventing child poverty and social exclusion are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets. There is no inclusive growth without (...)
09/03/2014

New Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived


European Parliament and EU Council agree to €3.5 billion on support to healthy diets including healthy diets

02/12/2013

[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