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16 July 2014 - EPHA advocates that Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) should be excluded from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement and future trade agreements due to the risks of abuse, and to postpone or delay legislation. The risks for public health policy from ISDS are greater than potential benefits. The Commission should prove that ISDS is justified and that proportionate measures to protect both investment and public health policy can be put in (...)
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 (...)
Brussels, 14 July 2014 - Following the end of the public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the EU-US free trade negotiations (known as TTIP), the European Environmental Bureau, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and Transport & Environment call on the Commission to exclude ISDS from TTIP and to publish all contributions. The EEB, EPHA and T&E are members of the EU’s TTIP advisory group representing civil society.
The consultation is a key (...)
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 (...)
4 July, Brussels – Yesterday the European Court of Justice ruled (1) that access to documents relating to international activity would not be automatically exempt from EU transparency requirements. This decision opens the possibility for the European Commission to make public papers relating to the EU-US trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
EPHA welcomes the ruling and calls for the release of all TTIP documents into the public sphere and for the (...)
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 (...)
On 19-20 June 2014, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and the Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) held a meeting in Luxembourg. On the agenda were issues including the Social dimension of the European Monetary Union (EMU) and the health impact of the crisis.
The EPSCO Council brings together ministers responsible for employment, social affairs, health and consumer policy from all EU Member States. Relevant European Commissioners also participate in meetings which happen four times a (...)
17 June 2014, Brussels – Today, the Social Platform together with SOLIDAR, the European Federation of Public Services Union (EPSU) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) organised a debate on the ‘possible impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on social and health services’ (1). During the discussion, it became clear that the TTIP could have a detrimental impact on essential public services such as social and health services. (...)
On May 13 2014, the International Network of Médecins du Monde – Doctors of the World presented its most recent report on ’Access to healthcare for the most vulnerable in a Europe in social crisis – focus on pregnant women and children’ at a press conference in Madrid.
In this report, Doctors of the World presents its observations for 2013 on the social determinants of health and the health status of patients who have received support from 25 of MdM’s 160 (...)
On 12 May 2014 an Action Plan was adopted in the Plenary of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). This Action Plan aims to deliver a set of solutions to restore EU citizens’ lost confidence in the European institutions. The Plan includes three main areas: (1) An Economic Union (2); a Social Union; (3) and a Democratic and Civil Union.
With public trust in the European Union reaching an all time low; a deep economic crises with even deeper social consequences; and the EU (...)