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[March update] Health in EU economic governance


This article gives a brief overview of health related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks. European Commission The past month has been a busy time for economic governance in the EU. At the end of February the European Commission published a series of Country Reports – one for each member state plus a collective report on the euro area – as part of the European Semester process. These (...)
31/03/2015

European Parliament overlooks the vital role of health in economic recovery


The Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee voted on 24 February to adopt a report on the 2015 Annual Growth Survey (AGS). Despite receiving the opinion of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, which strongly urged the consideration of health as an important element of sustainable and inclusive growth, the final text of the ECON report overlooks the economic significance of health. The report, drafted by Rapporteur MEP Dariusz Rosati (EPP, Poland), (...)
31/03/2015

Health in EU economic governance - February update


This article gives a brief overview of health-related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks. The Latvian Presidency revealed its main priorities this month and outlined plans for work on the European Semester. Building on the European Commission’s review of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the economic governance framework, the Presidency intends to work on streamlining the Semester process, to ensure (...)
27/02/2015

Health in EU economic governance - January update


This article gives a brief overview of health related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks. Before the Christmas break, the EPSCO (Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumers) Council received a presentation of the Annual Growth Survey (AGS), the Joint Employment Report (JER) and the Alert Mechanism Report (AMR) from the Commission. The Council surmised that "the expected recovery is not taking off. (...)
30/01/2015

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2015 Annual Growth Survey


On Friday 28 November 2014 the European Commission published the 2015 Annual Growth Survey (AGS), launching the next European Semester of economic policy coordination. This year’s AGS is published as part of the Commission’s Investment Plan to revive the recovery of European economies. The 2015 AGS notes that ’Health systems need to be reformed to provide quality healthcare through efficient structures’ and highlights the need to monitor the social impacts of (...)
18/12/2014

Health in economic governance - December update


This article gives a brief overview of health-related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks. Following the sovereign debt crisis and economic recession in Europe, the EU established new powers of coordination and oversight in the fiscal and macroeconomic policies of its Member States. This framework provides for both direct inclusion of measures relating to health and indirect impact upon health through (...)
17/12/2014

[Updated briefing notes] The impact of the economic crisis on public health


October 2014 - In 2012, EPHA published its first ‘facts and figures’ briefing on the impacts of the economic crisis on health. Two years later, the revised and updates briefing finds that the impacts of austerity politics and economic recession continue to threaten the health and wellbeing of Europeans. Trends in increased suicide rates, unemployment, social exclusion and unmet health needs prevail, most acutely in the newer member states and in those receiving financial (...)
21/11/2014

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2015 EU Draft Budgetary Plans


The EU’s new economic governance framework requires, under Regulation No. 473/2013, that the countries of the euro area submit their draft budgetary plans to the European Commission each year by 15 October. In this document, EPHA provides a first-look analysis of the draft budgetary reports submitted this year. This is the first analysis of the draft budgetary plans that EPHA has undertaken. The draft budgetary monitoring procedure is a crucial element of the EU’s economic (...)
03/11/2014

Public consultation on Revision of European Commission’s Impact Assessment guidelines


EPHA welcomes the Commission’s revision of the guidelines on Impact Assessment (IA) and the opportunity to contribute to this process via consultation. EPHA is able to offer suggestions for improving the way health impacts of EU policy are evaluated, and we highlight the need for IA to take account of the impact of EU policy upon NGOs and other third sector bodies. EPHA does not claim to have expertise in the practices of IA methodology, but rather has experience in the growing use of (...)
23/10/2014

Consultation on Commission’s Stakeholder Consultation Guidelines


EPHA welcomes the Commission’s publication of comprehensive consultation guidelines. Smart regulation should mean fair and citizen-centred policy making that brings tangible benefits to the citizens of Europe and improves their quality of life. This involves greater use of evidence-based impact assessment and improving the consultation process. The aim of the guidelines should be to ensure transparency and representativeness. Publishing consultation responses, as well as explanations (...)
23/10/2014