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[Press release] EPHA’s Election Manifesto calls for Europe 2020 to deliver inclusive growth

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 (...)

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 (...)

[Press Release] Public health must be at the heart of the EU regulation of e-cigarettes

Brussels, 4 December – Yesterday ahead of the Trialogue meeting between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission-, EPHA issued its briefing document on the regulation of Nicotine Containing Products (NCPs) in the EU (2), including e-cigarettes (3). In this document, EPHA recommends a set of principles for EU-wide NCP legislation, including important requirements for protecting public health. As currently evidence on the health impacts of NCPs -such as e-cigarettes- is (...)

[EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health?

In late October, EPHA attended a Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue’s (TACD) event intended to debate the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US and whether and how it is to benefit the consumers on both sides of the Atlantic. The event brought up a number of crucial considerations to be looked into what relate to public health issues. In a nutshell, this seminar stressed that the TTIP is mostly a drive towards de-regulation and a (...)

[Joint press release] Leaked Commission research documents raise questions about whose interests are being prioritised

1 October, Brussels -Scientists, public health researchers and NGOs have reacted with grave concern in light of leaked copies of the European Commission’s proposed Health Research Programme 2014-2015 (part of Horizon2020) circulating in Brussels. They have raised questions regarding the preparation of this draft, given its failure to address the major personal, social, environmental and occupational risk factors of disease in favour of narrow research parameters focusing on (...)

Open letter on trilogue negotiations on EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) Horizon 2020

EPHA, together with 12 other organisations, signed an open letter urging trialogue decision makers to, though the adoption of appropriate licensing conditions, ensure global access to lifesaving medical innovations developed under the [EU Framework Programme for research and Innovation Horizon 2020. >http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizo...] In this letter, the signatory organisations stated that " any publicly funded medical product -be it a drug, vaccine or medical diagnostic- should be (...)

EPHA briefing: Health in the Europe 2020 Strategy

The Europe 2020 Strategy was launched in 2010 to promote ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’. It sets targets for employment, innovation, climate and energy policy, education and social inclusion, most of which are in some way related to health policies and priorities. For example, public health has clear implications for work hours, labour force participation, early retirement, and health and safety at work, and these factors impact on health. In the Annual Growth Survey (...)

Join proposal to support Recommendations on Child Poverty & Well-being

An Ad hoc group including ATD fourth World, Caritas Europa, Coface, Eurochild, EAPN, Eurodaconia and PICUM have sent a letter to the László Andor, European Commissioner responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion, calling to better fight child poverty and promote child well-being. The letter has proposed set of guidelines on how to achieve more effective implementation of the Recommendation on Child Poverty and Well-being, by engaging stakeholders and government on local, (...)

Can Health Impact Assessment methods be used to tackle global health equity?

A recent survey has examined if current health impact assessment (HIA) methods could be used to tackle global health equity. The poll shows that HIA do not address the issue of equity adequately. Existing HIAs will therefore require new, more sensitive tools measurements. The study looks at whether health equity impact assessments can be used to measure economic agreements, market regulation, and public policies. The results has proven that in current HIAs, equity is not addressed (...)

Involvement of civil society organisations crucial to effectively run EU funds, says EU-Commission

The European Commission responds to a civil society open letter by assuring its determination to defend the objectives of the European Code of Conduct on Partnership. In November 2012 the Platform of European Social NGOs sent an open letter to the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission supporting the proposal on the Partnership principle in the regulation on structural funds. The letter voiced concerns on a existing trend towards weakening participation of socio-economic and (...)