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Between 9-12 April 2014, the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) organized its 5th European Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Granada (Spain) thanks to the Andalusian School of Public Health. The conference was specifically focused on the implications of the current systemic crisis in Europe on health and healthcare for this population group. Aimed to encourage policy change, the conference concluded with a Declaration calling on European governments to protect the (...)
Nearly seven months from the end of its mandate, the current European Commission held its last major event "Health in Europe, making it fairer" in the field of public health on 18 March 2014. The conference focused on the current inequalities in health to make progress towards integrating discriminated and stigmatized social groups. The aim was to share good practices in promoting equity and combatting discrimination including health promotion, prevention and treatment.
The European (...)
With the EU Institutions producing a tremendous amount of reading material every week, it is sometimes hard to discern which direction we should be pointing our limited resources and time. This is even more the case for many of us who are not based in Brussels and might not be familiar with the rather technical and suspiciously similar-sounding jargon emanating from the heart of Europe. This is why we have considered writing this article on the Europe 2020 Strategy Review that came out at (...)
With the Elections for the European Parliament around the corner, most of the political groups of the European Parliament have already nominated their Commissioner Candidates and launched their manifestos (see EPHA’s manifesto). We have taken this opportunity to analyse the groups’ views on health-related issues.
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (PES)
The PES group aims to “build a Europe that leaves no one behind (...)
Health in all policies
European Parliament elections 2014
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 (...)
A report launched on 10th March 2014 by the European civil society project «Health workers for all and all for health workers» (HW4All) warns of an impending crisis in Europe which will have a global impact.
The report "Health Workforce shortages and international mobility in the EU" analyses trends in the international recruitment of health workers in the European region and highlights three cross-cutting issues:
Human Resources for Health planning capacity across the European Union: (...)
At its latest plenary session in Strasbourg on 5 February 2014, the European Parliament voted for a motion for a resolution on equal access to healthcare for children. The motion was put forward by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris MEP (EPP, Italy). Details of the motion for a resolution are given below:
The European Parliament,
– having regard to Rule 120 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas the right to health, meaning complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, has been (...)
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 (...)
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?
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On 10 December, Health Ministers unanimously adopted Council Conclusions on the Reflection Process on Modern, Responsive and Sustainable Health Systems, prepared by the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. In the Conclusions the Member States acknowledge the core role of health for the economic prosperity and stress the importance of the principles of solidarity, universal health care accessibility as well as the horizontal principle “health in all policies”. (...)