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References to health significantly reduced in 2015 CSRs


On 13 May the European Commission published the 2015 country specific recommendations (CSRs), which form the centrepiece of the European Semester. In line with the Juncker Commission’s revised approach to the European Semester, the number of recommendations made is reduced to focus on key priority areas. Upon taking office the new Commission initiated a reform of the European Semester process, which is now in its fifth cycle. The aim is to increase ownership of the Semester’s (...)
14/05/2015

2015 Ageing Report warns of growing cost of ageing population


On 12 May the European Commission published The 2015 Ageing Report, which presents economic and budgetary projections for the 28 EU member states for the period 2013-2060. Though the total population is set to grow relatively steadily, the old-age dependency ratio – the number of people aged 65 or over relative to those aged 15-64 – is expected to almost double by 2060. Whereas there are currently four working-age persons for every one person over 65, this would mean a drop to (...)
14/05/2015

[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