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[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2014 Country Specific Recommendations


17 July 2014 - On 2 June the European Commission published the 2014 round of Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs). This year, 15 member states have received recommendations related to health. Below, EPHA provides a preliminary analysis of these recommendations, ahead of discussion at the 2014 EPHA Annual Conference on 4 and 5 September. On 2 June 2014, the European Commission published its annual series of Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs). CSRs are issued for each member (...)
17/07/2014

Mental healthcare under-resourced in too many countries, says Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


8 July 2014 - According to the OECD, mental health is still not a priority in many countries. Governments should review the importance and influence of mental illness in people’s lives. It is estimated that people with a severe mental disorder die up to 20 years earlier than the general population, as well as being six to seven times more likely to be unemployed, with one in two people with mental ill-health having complications in their career (prospects, wages and productivity). (...)
08/07/2014

Contribution of EPHA to European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Civil Society Liaison Group, Europe 2020 mid-term review


EPHA has been playing an important role in the liaison groups’ contribution to the Europe 2020 mid-term review within the framework of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Civil Society Liaison Group. “Europe 2020 is the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade. In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and Member States deliver high levels of (...)
16/06/2014

EPHA participates in meeting between Member States and Advisory Group on ’Fruit and Vegetables’ and EU School Fruit Scheme Experts Group


On 20 May, EPHA participated in a joint meeting between EU Member States (MS), DG Agriculture’s Advisory Group on Fruit and Vegetables and the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS) Expert Group. The meeting was an opportunity to review the current SFS implementation period. A presentation given by DG Agriculture’s Unit dealing with the SFS, summarised the scheme’s current implementation period of 2013/2014 but also presented a couple of interesting findings from the 2012/2013 (...)
04/06/2014

[Joint press statement] Newly elected European Parliament to stand strong and ambitious on women’s health and rights


28 May 2014, Brussels - The health of women has a direct bearing on the health of future generations, families, communities and ultimately, [the health of societies. >http://orwh.od.nih.gov/resources/po... ] On the occasion of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health (1), European public health, health promotion and disease prevention, health professionals and women issues non-governmental organisations are calling for the newly elected European Parliament (EP), its (...)
28/05/2014

[EPHA 5th Annual Conference] 4-5 September 2014, Brussels


EPHA 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 4-5 SEPTEMBER 2014, BRUSSELS “Tectonic tensions - wealthy Europe`s fear of commitment” KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Tonio Borg - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis - Lithuanian Minister of Health (*to be confirmed) Ingrīda Circene - Latvian Minister of Health (*to be confirmed) Paola Testori Coggi - Director-General for DG Health and Consumers Pilar Farjas Abadía - Secretary of State for Health and (...)
27/05/2014

[Press statement] European voters demand urgent shift from business as usual


Brussels, 26 May 2014 - The European Parliament elections have sent a clear message to the European institutions: business as usual is not an option. It is delivering for Europe, not for people living in Europe, and at EPHA we question whether it is delivering for the health and well-being of people living in Europe. As dozens of millions of Europeans voiced their concerns in the ballot box, our European leaders cannot afford to keep running the European Union (EU) the way they have done (...)
26/05/2014

EPHA sends open letter on French fast food tax


In March 2014 the French Senate published a report ’Taxation and Public Health: evaluation of behavioural taxation’ to back up a proposal to introduce a ’junk food tax’ on products associated with increased non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The main objective of the proposed tax would be to counteract poor dietary habits and to compensate for the public health costs linked to the consumption of junk food - currently hugely overlooked from any public debate around the (...)
07/04/2014

[Joint press release] Enough is enough: Time to break the circle of Roma health exclusion across Europe


Brussels, 4 April 2014 - The need for better policies and funding for Roma inclusion, with an emphasis on local integration in Eastern Europe, is the focus of the Third Roma Summit (1) – a landmark event organised today by the European Commission in Brussels. After decades of revisiting the same issue, it is high time that the EU and its Member States got serious in tackling the factors that trap Roma populations in a cycle of ill-health and socio-economic marginalisation. With an (...)
04/04/2014

European Commission launches new action plan to fight HIV/AIDS


On March 14, the European Commission (EC) presented the new Action Plan (AP) on HIV/AIDS in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016, which builds on the achievements of the previous Action Plan 2009-2013. The EC highlights the importance of keeping HIV/AIDS high on the political agenda and focusing on HIV prevention and awareness-raising to tackle risk behaviour, as well as early and affordable treatment and care. At EPHA we consider that the inclusion of affordable treatment in the (...)
31/03/2014