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Brussels, 9 February 2015 – The European Commission opened last week an investigation looking into whether application of a tax on some high-fat foods by the Danish government between October 2011 until January 2013 involved illegal state aid.
Analysis of the impact of the tax, levied on high fat foodstuffs, meat, dairy products and oils, found it to be an effective measure to achieve public health benefits. The tax (which was abandoned without a proper evaluation) enhanced (...)
The Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on Smart Regulation in December 2014, which re-emphasise that EU regulation is needed to achieve agreed EU policy goals. However, the conclusions call for regulation at minimum cost, while protecting and promoting competitiveness, growth and jobs, as a first priority, whilst merely asking for “due consideration” for protection of consumers, health, the environment and employees.
The Council stresses that European regulation (...)
Frans Timmermans performed very well in his hearing, seeming to convince the European Parliament that he was the right person to take on the designated portfolio. He presented himself as a pragmatic person. Responding to the question of MEP In’t Veld (Dutch liberal) whether he would be the “lapdog of governments or the champion of citizen’s rights”, Mr Timmermans replied that he would want to cooperate with everybody. His vision is to have a network of institutions, (...)
22 August 2014 - Over the summer of 2014, the European Commission consulted stakeholders on their Corporate Social Responsibility 2011-2014 strategy: achievements, shortcomings and future challenges. Given the concept of CSR, as part of a wider Smart Regulation agenda, closely linked to other regulatory mechanisms, such as self- and co-regulation, EPHA analysed the notion of CSR, its potential and possible threat to comprehensive public policy making, for the benefit - or harm - of public (...)
In the framework of the activities of the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain, DG Enterprise and Industry commissioned a study on ’Food taxes and their impact on competitiveness in the agri-food sector’. The study concluded that "Non-harmonised taxes on high sugar, salt and fat products such as soft drinks, sweet and salty foodstuffs do induce a reduction in the consumption of the taxed products, but the exact impact on the competitiveness of the European (...)
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 (...)
As the second meeting of DG CONNECT’s Community of Practice (CoP) on self- and co-regulation convenes today to discuss its vision and ’identify success factors of self- and co-regulatory actions’, EPHA launches an update of its Briefing on Self- and Co-regulation in the field of Public Health in the EU.
The briefing aims to give EPHA members an essential overview of ’alternative regulatory mechanisms’ such as self- and co-regulation, the rationale behind, as (...)
Joint open letter to the European Council calling for European commitments on children’s rights to be prioritised in future common migration and asylum policies
Dear President Van Rompuy
Brussels, 22 May 2014 - In view of the upcoming June European Council, where strategic guidelines will be adopted outlining future EU Home Affairs policies, we, the undersigned organisations, children’s ombudspersons of Europe and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child , are (...)
Brussels, 5 March 2014 – Today, the European Commission released its Communication on the Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy (1) in what de facto launches the debate on the priorities for the European Union 2015-2020. Coinciding with this release, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) launched today its manifesto to the European Parliament Elections (2). In its manifesto, EPHA urges Members of the European Parliament (MEP) candidates to put health at the heart of the European (...)