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[EPHA Open Letter] WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary & Criminalisation of Homelessness in Hungary


Congratulations for the WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary and serious public health concerns about the Hungarian legislation regarding penalising street homelessness [English version] - Open letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor ORBÁN [Hungarian version] - Nyílt level ORBÁN Viktor, Magyarország Miniszterelnöke számára Dear Prime Minister, Firstly, I am writing to you to congratulate you for receiving the World No Tobacco Day 2013 award from the UN World Health (...)
12/11/2013

European Parliament puts spotlight on the importance of social housing in the EU


On June 11, the Plenary Session of the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of an initiative report on social housing in the European Union, drafted by Karima Delli MEP (France, Greens/European Free Alliance). European, local and regional representatives have meanwhile launched a petition for a European social housing action framework. In the same vein, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently published a new sectoral briefing on housing. The EP report acknowledges the role (...)
12/06/2013

[Save the date] CECODHAS Housing Europe colloquium on the question “Where is housing in the future social contract?”


On 24 and 25 June, CECODHAS Housing Europe (a network of 45 national and regional federations of public, voluntary and cooperative housing providers)) will hold a colloquium on the question “ Where is housing in the future social contract?” in Leuven (Belgium). There will be maximum of 60 participants to ensure productive discussions with participants invited from a range of EU countries and with different housing sector interests. The summer academy will build on the expertise of participants to draw up a participatory programme.

12/06/2013

Children’s well-being: investing in a healthy future - a silent emergency in Europe


On 27 March, the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Daciana Octavia SÂRBU (S & D, RO) hosted a seminar on child health, nutrition and education policies. In her speech, EPHA Secretary General Monika Kosińska highlighted why is it important to put child well-being at the heart of EU policies. In her speech, MEP Daciana Octavia SÂRBU (S&D, RO) stressed that good and healthy nutrition have a crucial impact on children life expectancy and that the role of the parents in (...)
27/03/2013

[Save the date] FEANTSA Seminar - Housing Rights in Hungary


For the past few years, the Hungarian government has been systematically targeting homeless people (even criminalising them), while failing to ensure sufficient support services and appropriate accommodation. EPHA Member FEANTSA (the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless) and Housing Rights Watch (HRW), along with partners in Hungary, will hold a seminar to bring allies together to consider legal and political strategies to combat this alarming trend in (...)
26/03/2013

No Place Called Home in Hungary for Homeless People


An unjustifiable persecution of homeless people is one of the outcomes of a controversial modification of the Hungarian Constitution earlier this month. The amendment allows municipalities to ban homeless people from public spaces which will not only create further legal and social conflicts, but will worsen the situation of thousands of homeless people in Hungary. © Photo source: A város mindenkié blog As EPHA recently reported, Hungary has been hit hard by the economic crisis. Among (...)
19/03/2013

Addressing fuel poverty in deprived urban areas


A practical example from the United Kingdom on how to tackle several social determinants of health (e.g. housing and energy) and have climate change benefits: In the last 18 months, more than 1,600 houses in the poorest parts of Stockton-on-Tees (United Kingdom) have benefited from free energy efficiency measures to cut local carbon emissions and reduce fuel bills. As well as external cladding, many homes have also received new boilers, central heating systems and internal insulation (...)
18/03/2013

Links between Housing Situation, Noise Pollution & Adverse Health Effects


A recent pan-European study has reviewed the factors which influence how annoyed a person feels about road traffic and aircraft noise. Among its findings, residents in terraced housing or apartments were less annoyed by road traffic noise than residents in semi-detached or detached housing. People who are exposed to long-term noise may experience annoyance as well as health problems, including high blood pressure (hypertension). This study, conducted under the EU HYENA project [[HYENA (...)
11/03/2013

Hungary accused of persecution of the poor


In Autumn 2010, the Hungarian Law on Constructions was amended to allow municipalities to ban homeless people from public spaces. The Hungarian Parliament imposed a $700 fine or jail upon those who repeatedly broke municipal laws regarding “residential habitation in public spaces.” Although this law was ruled unconstitutional by the Hungarian Constitutional Court, the Hungarian Prime Minister has announced that the government intends to prohibit street homelessness in the (...)
01/03/2013

"On the Way Home" FEANTSA Monitoring Report about progress made on homelessness in Europe


FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless has published a report that monitors progress on homelessness in Europe. This important report focuses on the extent and nature of homelessness in the EU’s member states and analyses policy progress in tackling homelessness over recent years, based on the input of national experts from 21 countries.

05/02/2013