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[EPHA visit to Romania] Pressing need to take Roma integration seriously


EPHA participated in a country visit to Romania, as part of a ’Together for better health, for us, by us’ delegation to discuss with key Romanian stakeholders (including civil society representatives) burning questions on Roma integration. A field visit to the Romanian villages ’Araci/Árapatak’ and ’Hetea/Hete’ reinforced evidence that the Roma population is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum. Roma in Romania and Europe suffer worse (...)
20/06/2014

Growing inequalities in Hungary - is harassment of Hungarian NGOs the right answer?


"One day the poor in Hungary will have nothing left to eat but the rich." Over a million Hungarians live below the poverty line. As inequalities are on the rise in Hungary, a mock fast food restaurant HUNGER KING® opened its doors in the Hungarian capital, Budapest for 3 weeks, as a protest against the anti-­homeless acts of the Hungarian government. Another worrying trend since the Hungarian government’s re-election, has been the launch of a campaign attacking the credibility of (...)
19/06/2014

Roma Health Matters - Dialogue with Civil Society on Roma Integration


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) dedicated its 12 May public hearing to the issue of Roma Health and discrimination, to which EPHA, other civil society organisations and European institutions were invited . By presenting the evidence-based EPHA Position on Roma Health, EPHA highlighted the key role Roma Health Mediators (RHM) could play to promote meaningful Roma integration. Background information - ongoing EESC dialogue with the European civil society The Employment, (...)
12/05/2014

Davos for Economy, Gastein for Health. Vienna for Fundamental Rights?


On 10 and 11 April, EPHA attended the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting, representing the European public health community. This year, the main theme was “Future fundamental rights priorities in the area of freedom, security and justice – The contribution of civil society”. The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) Director Morten Kjaerum suggested that the FRA should enlarge the dialogue beyond the FRP and hold a full week of human rights dialogue in Vienna in 2015. (...)
07/05/2014

[EPHA Briefing] Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and Equal Treatment Legislation in Europe


The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) hosts the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting on 10-11 April in Vienna. EPHA, as FRP member organisation, stresses the importance of civil society involvement in Fundamental Rights discussions and takes this opportunity to publish its Briefing on Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and equal treatment legislation in Europe since the Right to Health is Fundamental. The briefing explores the different human rights instruments (1), examines human (...)
10/04/2014

[EPHA analysis] Roma Summit 2014 and International Romani Day


This time, the third European Roma Summit held on 4th April marked the International Romani Day (8th April), which gathered not only high level speakers from all over Europe from different European Institutions and Member States but also provided a forum for the European Commission to publish its assessment on the 2013 National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) presented by the 28 EU Member States. Is it a moment of celebration of further actions? What has the European Public Health (...)
08/04/2014

[EPHA position] Roma Health in Europe


One of the most universally disadvantaged communities living in Europe is the Roma. The great majority of the estimated 10-12 million Roma population in the continent is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum: they suffer worse health than the other populations in the countries due to their higher exposure to the range of unfavourable factors that influence health. Due to the multiplicity of their discrimination and social exclusion, the inequalities faced by the Roma (...)
04/04/2014

Roma Health in Europe


Dear EPHA Members, We are very pleased to inform you that the European Commission intends to publish its assessment of the 2013 National Roma integration strategies on 2 April and that the next, invitation-only high level European Roma Summit is taking place in Brussels on 4 April. EPHA has received an invitation to this event. Using this opportunity, based on previous EPHA work in the Roma Policy field, the EPHA Secretariat has prepared a draft EPHA Position on Roma Health in Europe (...)
25/03/2014

EPHA co-signs letter in support for a more coherent and rights-based policy approach towards migrant children and children’s rights


While the European Commission finalises its Communication on the future of Justice and Home Affairs policies, a number of migrants’ rights and children’s rights organisations, have written to the European Commission’s President Barroso to request a more coherent and rights-based policy approach towards migrant children. Specifically, the letter asks that future Home Affairs policy addresses existing shortcomings in meeting the EU’s legal obligations towards migrant (...)
18/02/2014

[Water is a Human Right!] The European Commission Must Declare and Implement the Human Right to Water Now!


Brussels, 17 February - The first ever European Citizens Initiative (ECI) met Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commission services to discuss implementation of the demands of the ECI Right2water campagin in European legislation after having received 1,680,172 supportive signatures. As 13 countries had collected the minimum number of necessary signatures, the representatives of the Citizens’ Committee demanded that the European Commission recognise and implement the (...)
18/02/2014