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Joint pro-Roma civil society contribution to the public consultation on access to health services in the EU

The European Commission and the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) have launched a public consultation on the preliminary opinion on the ‘Access to health services in the European Union’. EPHA facilitated a joint submission of EPHA Roma Health Fellows and pro-Roma NGOs in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia participating in the ’Together for Better Health’ consortium on the Roma relevant part of the preliminary opinion. Joint pro-Roma (...)

One-year EU advocacy Roma health fellowship programme

With the support of the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations, EPHA runs a one-year fellowship programme (2015-2016) to train and mentor two Roma health EU advocates. The overarching goal of the programme is to empower Roma Health Advocates to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy makers. The tailored assistance includes mentoring and training components on the key EU health processes. The fellowship also facilitates establishing partnerships and (...)

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 (...)

[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 (...)

Vĕra Jourová » European Commissioner 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 only one third of female Commissioners are women. Her Directorate will also lead on consumer and justice affairs, (...)

Tibor Navracsics » European Commissioner 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, (...)

[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 (...)

[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 (...)

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 (...)

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, (...)