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Making Roma Health a priority – from formal statements to specific indicators

According to the EU founding treaty, ensuring human health and promoting solidarity towards equitable and universal coverage of quality health services should be part of all EU policies. That health should be a priority for EU policies is also confirmed by the Europe 2020 Strategy, which states that a healthy population is essential for achieving growth for all in a smart, sustainable and inclusive EU economy. But what are the challenges of making health a priority at national level in the (...)

[EPHA Guide] The EU and Health

14 October, 2013 - The EPHA Secretariat, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, LAUNCHED TODAY a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU’s competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. This guide could be used as a one-stop resource manual on how the EU deals with public health in Europe. A gateway to help you to better make sense of the EU’s (...)

Climate change set to undermine 50 years of gains in global health

"The implications of climate change for a global population of 9 billion people threaten to undermine the last half century of gains in development and global health." This alarming finding by The Lancet illustrates how profoundly climate change threatens human health and well-being. While this may be very unsettling, the upside is that many forms of behavioural change favour both public health and climate change prevention. A transition towards such patterns of behaviour creates vast (...)

Universal health: The Riga Roadmap sets out an Action Plan for EU and National Policy Makers to Deliver Sustainable, Equitable and Participatory European Health Systems

European health stakeholders are pleased to announce the publication of the Riga Roadmap, an action plan to make EU health systems sustainable, equitable and participatory. The Roadmap is a result of the Universal Healthcare Conference, held in Riga, 28th-29th June, where the signatories of the Roadmap – the European Generic and Biosimilar medicines Association, EGA; the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, EFPIA; the European Patients’ Forum, EPF; (...)

[Press release ahead of EPSCO Council meeting] How to put health at the heart of the Europe2020 Strategy

Brussels, 28 November – Ahead of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council on 1 December, EPHA has sent an open letter (1) to health ministers urging them to ensure that the mid-term revision of the Europe 2020 Strategy places a high value on health (2)(3). EPHA also asks ministers to focus on Europe’s social commitments in their upcoming discussions of the 2015 annual growth survey (AGS). In its letter, EPHA recommends that: The social and (...)

Health groups express dismay at potential withdrawal of EU Clean Air Policy Package

Brussels, 18 November 2014 - Today, public health, patients’, and medical organisations sent a letter to EU Commission President Juncker expressing their dismay at any consideration to withdraw the EU Clean Air Policy Package, as presented by EU Environment and Health Commissioners Potocnik and Borg in December 2013. The letter calls on President Juncker to keep the proposal and work with the European Parliament and Council to ensure a swift and ambitious adoption. You can download (...)

[Save the date] Launch: Research Roadmap for Liver Disease - 10 December (15.00 – 17.00), Brussels

MEP Cristian Buşoi (EPP, RO) has the pleasure to invite you to the ‘Launch of a Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - Case study for chronic diseases & research’, A European Parliament seminar organised in collaboration with the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). 10 December 2014, 15.00 – 17.00 | Venue: The European Parliament, Alteiro Spinell (Brussels). Room: A3F383 Launch of a Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - (...)

[Letter: EPHA President] Upcoming meeting of the EPSCO Council – Europe 2020 and the AGS

Early next year the European Commission will issue its report on the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The EPSCO Council has been a major contributor to the review and has a vital role to play in adapting the Europe 2020 Strategy in light of pressing employment, social exclusion and poverty issues. 14 November 2014, Brussels To the attention of Ministers of Health RE: Upcoming meeting of the EPSCO Council – Europe 2020 and the AGS Dear Minister, In October, the Council (...)

[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 (...)

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 (...)