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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

EPHA signs up to joint-statement on Conflict of Interest - UN General Assembly review on non-communicable disease (NCDs) review


As UN General Assembly renewed commitments to tackle non-communicable disease (NCDs) at its meeting in New York on 10 and 11 July, more than 160 international non-profit public interest groups and experts (including EPHA) submitted a joint statement calling for public health legal safeguards. The statement related to commercial trade agreements safeguards and protections against conflicts of interest in the policy development and agenda-setting of government organisations, especially (...)
16/07/2014

[Europe+] Open Letter to new Members of the European Parliament


Brussels, 8 July 2014 – Today marks the official launch of Europe+ (Civil Society for the Renewal of European Democracy), a broad grass-roots alliance which brings together over 40 organisations from civil society calling for renewed and better functioning democracy in the EU. Founded over the past year, during a time when Europe has been facing testing political and economic challenges, Europe+ is being officially launched at the European Parliament. A transparent and inclusive (...)
08/07/2014

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

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


Closing date for registrations fast approaching. Register now! 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) Representative of the Latvian Ministry of Health (*to be confirmed) Paola Testori Coggi - Director-General for DG 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

[Save the date] The 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference


The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare), an EPHA member organisation, is pleased to announce that the 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference will take place on 27 and 28 November 2014 in Brussels. Registration is now open. Eurocare had the honour to organise the 4th European Alcohol Policy Conference in June 2010. Building on that success we hope that the 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference will prove a timely catalyst for action for alcohol policy in Europe. The main aim of (...)
22/05/2014

[Médecins du Monde] New MdM report on access to healthcare for the most vulnerable in a Europe in social crisis – Focus on pregnant women and children


On May 13 2014, the International Network of Médecins du Monde – Doctors of the World presented its most recent report on ’Access to healthcare for the most vulnerable in a Europe in social crisis – focus on pregnant women and children’ at a press conference in Madrid. In this report, Doctors of the World presents its observations for 2013 on the social determinants of health and the health status of patients who have received support from 25 of MdM’s 160 (...)
17/05/2014

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

[EPHA comments] First EU Summit on Chronic Diseases


The first EU Summit on Chronic Diseases took place in Brussels between 3 and 4 April. Peggy Maguire, EPHA President, delivered a keynote speech, which we summarise here. Among other key topics, the first EU summit on chronic diseases discussed the medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health; ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases; and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases. One in four people suffer from obesity in Europe, (...)
04/04/2014