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New European Parliament and Gender Equality post-2015: taking stock of progress made, where’s health?


The European Parliament Committee on Gender Equality (FEMM Committee) has started making post-2015 plans for a new gender equality strategy. Debating a report written by MEP Maria Noichl, S&D, DE on how to improve equality after 2015, the new strategy comes in light of an upcoming report on progress made since 2013 being compiled by MEP Marc Tarabella (S&D, BE). On 13 October 2014, EP FEMM Committee discussed the progress made in 2013 with experts, which will be fed into an (...)
23/10/2014

[Evaluation] Hungarian Candidate Commissioner Candidate Navracsics Rejected for his Portfolio


After the Hearing of the Hungarian Commissioner Candidate Tibor Navracsics, the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education rejected him, for the nominated portfolio - Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship - while confirming him, as a Commissioner. This move is a result of controversial policies in Hungary with regard to civil society, media freedom and respect of Fundamental Rights and the rule of law. The inevitable reshuffle of the Commission provides for a next round of (...)
07/10/2014

Vĕra Jourová » European Commissioner-designate for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality


After putting pressure on Member States, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has secured the nomination of nine women, including Vĕra Jourová, the first female Commissioner-designate from the Czech Republic. Although it is satisfying that the European Parliament has at least achieved a minimum gender balance, it is not a promising sign for the gender equality portfolio that Ms Jurová than only one third of female Commissioners are women. Her Directorate will also lead on consumer and (...)
28/09/2014

Tibor Navracsics » European Commissioner-designate for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship


Ahead of the hearing of Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner-designate for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship, EPHA supports the concerns raised by Europe+ with regard to the rule of law in Hungary. In the course of the past few months we have witnessed a very serious escalation of attacks in Hungary against the core European values of democracy and the respect for human rights. This ranges from attempts to curb media freedom to direct threats against civil society organisations, (...)
22/09/2014

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2014 National Roma Integration Strategies


On 5 April 2011, the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, calling on Member States to prepare or revise National Roma Integration Strategies to more effectively address the challenges of Roma inclusion. In April 2014, the Commission presented its third assessment. EPHA provides a preliminary analysis of these recommendations, where they relate to Roma health, for each of the 28 EU Member States, ahead of discussions at the 2014 (...)
02/09/2014

[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