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[Press release] The European Parliament will not gain people’s trust by continuing to contribute to the burden of chronic disease in the form of tobacco subsidies


Brussels, 23 October 2014 – Among all the furore yesterday of the new Commission, the European Parliament also quietly voted against ending EU subsidies to tobacco crops (1). While on the one hand many MEPs so supportive of legislating in favour of health with regards to pharmaceutical products, it seems that over half of the EP is happy to continue pumping taxpayer’s money to a harmful industry (2) instead of supporting farmers to make the shift to a more health and sustainable (...)
23/10/2014

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

New study calls upon EU to address link between mental and physical health in its Health Programme


A new study commissioned by Mental Health Europe assesses whether the EU’s second Health Programme (2008-2013) addresses the interrelation of mental and physical health. The conclusion is that the programme does not make a sufficient connection between the two. This is unfortunate as a more thorough consideration of this link could contribute to the prevention of comorbidity. Earlier studies have shown that physical and mental health related problems are closely linked. People with (...)
23/10/2014

[Joint press release] The European Health Community welcomes President-elect Juncker’s decision to ensure the security of all Europeans by regulating health for the public good


October 22th 2014, Brussels – The NGO signatories of this statement wholeheartedly welcome the announcement of the reversal of the decision by President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker to move the competence for pharmaceutical and medical devices to the enterprise directorate (1). Following negotiations within the European Parliament and concerns expressed by a number of member states, President-elect Juncker stated today that the "responsibility for medicines and pharmaceutical products (...)
22/10/2014

Can we afford our medicines? The access to medicines crunch in Europe November 12 (12:30 pm - 3:00 pm), Brussels


Health is a fundamental universal right and access to medicines is part of it. The EU and its Member States are committed to universal and equitable access to healthcare. Nevertheless, millions of European patients suffer from the lack of affordability of many life-saving medicines across Europe. Download the event’s invitation * See the event’s poster An event under the auspices of MEPs Nessa CHILDERS (S&D, IE), Beatriz BECERRA BASTERRECHEA (ALDE, ES), Kostas (...)
21/10/2014

[Joint press statement] Stoiber prescribing the wrong medicine


14 October 2014, Brussels - . The European Commission’s High Level Group on Administrative Burdens (1), chaired by Dr Edmund Stoiber, has drawn severe criticism from 4 of a total of 15 Members (2) for its final report (3) pushing an outdated, deregulatory agenda. Almost one third of ‘Stoiber group’ members oppose biased final report The views of members representing trade unions, environmental groups, consumer organisations and health groups are presented in a (...)
14/10/2014

EPHA statement on the return of pharmaceutical and medical devices to the health department of the EU


October 10th 2014, Brussels – According to statements by both the S&D (1) and Green Groups (2) yesterday, it seems likely that President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker is intending to soften his decision to move pharmaceutical policy from the health portfolio to enterprise. EPHA welcomes this news as a step in the right direction and a possible cause for celebration for the European Parliament (3) and the public health community (4). “I would like to applaud President-elect (...)
10/10/2014

[Letter] To MEPs on #Pharma4Health campaign


8th October 2014, Brussels - With regard to the planned transfer of the competence for medicinal products and health technologies from the health portfolio to the enterprise one (#Pharma4Health campaign), we would like to inform you that the Conference of the Presidents of the European Parliament (composed of the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz and the leaders of the political groups) will meet tomorrow on 9th October (Thursday). Dear EPHA Members, We would like to (...)
08/10/2014

[Evaluation] European Parliament hearing - Vytenis Andriukaitis European Commissioner-designate for Health and Food Safety


1 October 2014, Brussels - By European Parliament standards, Commissioner-designate Vytenis Andriukaitis’ performance could be judged to be “satisfactory”. He showed his commitment to protect European citizens’ health and well-being, and improve underlying determinants of health and physical environment. Now we will really have to see how he intends to turn words into concrete action. He was very outspoken on the issues of prevention, promotion and protection of (...)
01/10/2014

EPHA profiles of European Commissioners-designate key for public health


Vytenis Andriukaitis - European Commissioner-designate for Health and Food Safety Elżbieta Bieńkowska » European Commissioner-designate for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Cecilia Malmström » European Commissioner-designate for Trade Pierre Moscovici » Commissioner-designate for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Phil Hogan » European Commissioner-designate for Agriculture Marianne Thyssen » European Commissioner-designate for (...)
29/09/2014