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[Joint press statement] TTIP group members urge Commission to drop business v state dispute resolution


Brussels, 14 July 2014 - Following the end of the public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the EU-US free trade negotiations (known as TTIP), the European Environmental Bureau, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and Transport & Environment call on the Commission to exclude ISDS from TTIP and to publish all contributions. The EEB, EPHA and T&E are members of the EU’s TTIP advisory group representing civil society. The consultation is a key (...)
14/07/2014

[Press release] A win for transparency: EPHA calls for TTIP negotiating documents to be opened to public scrutiny


4 July, Brussels – Yesterday the European Court of Justice ruled (1) that access to documents relating to international activity would not be automatically exempt from EU transparency requirements. This decision opens the possibility for the European Commission to make public papers relating to the EU-US trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EPHA welcomes the ruling and calls for the release of all TTIP documents into the public sphere and for the (...)
04/07/2014

[Joint press statement] The European Commission must not trade off our crown jewels when negotiating the EU-US trade and investment deal


17 June 2014, Brussels – Today, the Social Platform together with SOLIDAR, the European Federation of Public Services Union (EPSU) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) organised a debate on the ‘possible impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on social and health services’ (1). During the discussion, it became clear that the TTIP could have a detrimental impact on essential public services such as social and health services. (...)
18/06/2014

Launch of European Call to Action ’A Health Worker for Everyone, Everywhere!’


On 5 June 2014, the partners of the ’Health workers for all and all for health workers’ (HW4All) project released a European Call to Action in support of the implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. EPHA has been involved in raising awareness of this Code since 2011 and will be co-promoting the European Call to Action, entitled ’A health worker for everyone, everywhere!’, which is now open for signatures (...)
06/06/2014

Medicines shortages in Europe: A disconcerting operational and communication challenge


The issue of medicine supply shortages has been highlighted by EPHA and its members throughout 2013, and it once again took centre stage at a recent workshop organised by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP). Already in winter, a common position on the issue has been drafted by members of the European Medicine Agency’s Patients’ and Consumers’ / Healthcare Professionals Working Party. 2014 EAHP Congress, Barcelona The 19th annual EAHP (...)
24/05/2014

[EU-US trade agreement] Briefing for EPHA members


EPHA is creating a briefing for its members to understand the potential impacts of the TTIP on public health. To add items to the briefing, please contact the EPHA Secretariat at leonardo@epha.org. The document is intended to raise awareness among EPHA members (plus their members) and EPHA partners. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade and investment agreement that is currently being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US). (...)
18/02/2014

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

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on equal access to healthcare for children


At its latest plenary session in Strasbourg on 5 February 2014, the European Parliament voted for a motion for a resolution on equal access to healthcare for children. The motion was put forward by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris MEP (EPP, Italy). Details of the motion for a resolution are given below: The European Parliament, – having regard to Rule 120 of its Rules of Procedure, A. whereas the right to health, meaning complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, has been (...)
10/02/2014

EPHA news feed on the prospective EU-US Trade Agreement (TTIP) & its potential impact on public health - Subscribe!!


This week EPHA launched a weekly news feed about the latest developments around the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US and the potential negative effect it may have on public health outcomes on both sides of the Atlantic. To learn more about this topic, you can read: [EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health? This digest will primarily focus on (...)
16/01/2014

[European Commission report] Personalised Medicine


The European Commission has recently published a Staff Working Document (SWD) exploring the potential of Personalised Medicine, reporting on recent developments in the EU legislation, as well as looking at the factors affecting the uptake of personalised medicine in healthcare systems. Personalised Medicine is now more close to be effective to patients, which means that treatments can be designed taking into account a specific patient group and hence able to tackle the problem with the (...)
18/11/2013