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Open Letter to President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on move of medicinal products and health technologies to the portfolio of the Commissioner for internal market and industry


Brussels, 16 September 2014 - We are writing to express our astonishment and concern regarding your decision to move the competence for medicinal products and health technologies from the Commissioner in charge of Health to the Commissioner in charge of internal market and industry within the new Commission. Dear Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the European Commission, The economic crisis, the ageing of the population, technological advances, and new health threats, including (...)
16/09/2014

[Press release] Juncker puts Europe’s security at risk by promoting profit over public health


12 September 2014, Brussels – The public health community has reacted with alarm and disbelief at the ill-thought distribution of responsibilities amongst the in-coming European Commissioners. In an announcement on Wednesday 10 September, the President-elect (1) revealed that health technology and pharmaceutical policy is being moved from the Health and Food Safety Commissioner to the new Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (2). The European Public (...)
12/09/2014

Statement of Clarification in Responses to Questions Regarding the Pharmaceutical Industry


We would like to confirm in response to a number of questions received today that the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) is withdrawing its support for the proposed Health for Citizen’s Intergroup in the European Parliament. EPHA had been discussing support for an Intergroup as part of a coalition of non-governmental organisations and organisations representing economic operators, a new and exciting venture with the expectation of supporting the European Parliament in (...)
11/09/2014

EPHA public statement on the designation of Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis as new European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety


10 September 2014, Brussels – Today Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, announced the composition of the new College of European Commissioners. Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis (1), former Health Minister of Lithuania, was designated as new European Commissioner for the Health Policy and Food Safety portfolio. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) would like to congratulate Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis for the designation and express its commitment to working with him to (...)
10/09/2014

[Press release] Health actors urge new European leaders to renew efforts to tackle public health challenges


Brussels, 5 September – Over the last two days, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) held its two-day annual conference entitled “Tectonic tensions – wealthy Europe’s fear of commitment”. The event brought together more than 30 speakers (1) from across Europe’s health professions, governments, the European Commission, civil society and an audience of more than 200 people. The conference addressed the future of public health in Europe just before (...)
05/09/2014

Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe


As a comprehensive approach to the achievement of good health and well-being, tackling health inequalities early and giving every child the best start to life, we welcome the proposed European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015-2020. We call on European Ministers of Health to endorse the proposed framework and to give priority to its implementation. Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Copenhagen, 15-18 (...)
02/09/2014

Bolstering Health Literacy to cut down maternal and infant health inequalities


2 September 2014 - At the end of 2012, 6.6% of EU27 population was born outside the European Union. New and undocumented migrants are more likely to come from lower socio-economic backgrounds if not being pushed into poverty and social exclusion by the migration factor alone. The associated burden of disease, injuries and disability has been well documented and constitutes a firm evidence-base for action at international, European, national and local levels. A private-public pilot project (...)
02/09/2014

mHealth - an essential component towards integrated care


More integrated prevention and care models have long been recognised as important elements in moving towards better quality and sustainability in healthcare, in particular in view of the rising burden of non-communicable diseases and demographic change, and the complexities of multiple morbidities that this brings. By Sascha Marschang, EPHA Policy Manager for Health Systems and Milena Richter, Senior Director European Public Affairs, Sanofi. While healthcare systems move towards (...)
01/09/2014

[Media advisory] EPHA 5th Annual Conference (4-5 September)


Brussels, 27 August – Coinciding with the start of business of the new European Parliament and Commission as well as the review of the EU’s long-term objectives (Europe 2020), EPHA’s 2014 annual conference aims to contribute to the European health agenda. The conference will gather high level speakers such as the European Health Commissioner, MEPs and former Ministers of Health to engage in a constructive debate on the priorities of the EU for the next five years. (...)
27/08/2014

[EPHA Response] EC Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems


EPHA welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to improve health systems and encourages it to take into account EPHA recommendations on health systems: strengthening effectiveness, increasing accessibility and improving resilience. [EPHA’s recommendations on health systems:] Health indicators on access to healthcare, or health system performance, should be included in the Social Dimension of the European Monetary Union (EMU), as it will be equally important to determine (...)
21/08/2014