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[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 - Summary


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

[EPHA explainer] Enforcement of the European Social Charter (ESC): The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) and the collective complaints procedure


Within the Framework of the Council of Europe, a regional international institution entitled to monitor the respect of basic Human Rights, the European Social Charter sets out social rights and freedoms and establishes a supervisory mechanism guaranteeing their respect by the States Parties. This mechanism, intended to ensure respect of social rights, has two basic elements: the European Committee of Social Rights (a quasi international Court) and the collective complaints procedure. (...)
20/01/2014

Legal action for Roma inclusion: a new dawn for Roma Health Mediators?


At its 9-10 December meeting, the Council of the European Union adopted unanimously the Council recommendations on effective Roma integration measures in the member states. They focus on the main vulnerability factors of Roma such as poor health, poor housing, poor nutrition, exclusion, discrimination, racism and violence. It’s of EPHA’s view that Roma Health Mediators can play an important role in its implementation. Now, it is up to EU Member States to translate the rhetoric (...)
11/12/2013

Intercultural mediator on Roma communities – the birth of a new profession?


Over the last 10 years, and in the course of several Roma integration programmes, a new function or rather a professional role has emerged: the Roma mediator - a professional involved in various fields (in particular the areas of Roma integration, education, health care, employment, and residence). In this article, Éva Deák, from the Partners Hungary Foundation, provides an overview on the link between social groups, different cultures, and about results and successes in understanding and (...)
24/11/2013

[EPHA Open Letter] WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary & Criminalisation of Homelessness in Hungary


Congratulations for the WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary and serious public health concerns about the Hungarian legislation regarding penalising street homelessness [English version] - Open letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor ORBÁN [Hungarian version] - Nyílt level ORBÁN Viktor, Magyarország Miniszterelnöke számára Dear Prime Minister, Firstly, I am writing to you to congratulate you for receiving the World No Tobacco Day 2013 award from the UN World Health (...)
12/11/2013