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[Event announcement] TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?


This conference co-organised by Demeter International and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) will provide a discussion platform for negotiators, decision makers and stakeholders to exchange views on civil society concerns with regard to possible implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on sustainable food and agriculture, public health and services as well as education and democracy. It will discuss visions about fair and sound international trade, (...)
20/05/2015

EPHA joins Better Regulation Watchdog


EPHA has joined more than 50 civil society organisations to create the ‘Better Regulation Watchdog’ – a network to protect citizens’, workers’ and consumers’ rights and health. The network was launched on 18 May in Brussels, one day ahead of the expected announcement of the European Commission’s so-called ‘Better Regulation’ initiative presented by Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Better Regulation Watchdog Founding (...)
19/05/2015

[EPHA video] Health is not for trade


From Monday 20th April to Friday 24th April 2015, the 9th round of the EU and US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took place in New York where delegations have worked on three key pillars: market access, regulatory cooperation and rules. Overview about the 9th round of TTIP negotiations in New York The EU had tabled a revised EU proposal on horizontal regulatory cooperation that seeks to involve government regulators at the sub-central level. Both (...)
30/04/2015

[Event announcement] Universal health: Investing in Health and Wellbeing for All (June 29-30th, Riga, Latvia)


Hosted by the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the European Patient’s Forum (EPF), the European Generic medicines Association (EGA) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), Universal Health is the theme of a major health conference on 29 and 30 June 2015 in Riga, Latvia. Around 200 participants are expected to attend the Conference, including speakers and guests from the (...)
30/04/2015

[Save the date] A close look at the risks and opportunities of the TTIP for EU food and farming


The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) are pleased to announce that an event entitled ‘A close look at the risks and opportunities of the TTIP for EU food and farming’ will take place on 12 May in Brussels. Registration is now open. Draft Agenda (pdf) Please make a note in your diary for an upcoming breakfast event entitled ‘A close look at the risks and opportunities of the TTIP for EU food and farming’. The event, (...)
27/04/2015

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership International Trade Law, Health Systems and Public Health


Free trade agreements (FTAs) have the declared aim of seeking to increase global trade and promote economic growth. Historically, economic growth has led to improved population health. Yet this link is now weakening, and attention is being focussed on assessing the effect of FTAs on health and the ability of government to mitigate against negative impact. Within this context, this study presents an assessment of the health impact of the proposed FTA between the United States and the (...)
Also about: Trade and Health , prevention , TTIP
10/02/2015

EPHA comment on European Commission investigation into Danish ’fat tax’


Brussels, 9 February 2015 – The European Commission opened last week an investigation looking into whether application of a tax on some high-fat foods by the Danish government between October 2011 until January 2013 involved illegal state aid. Analysis of the impact of the tax, levied on high fat foodstuffs, meat, dairy products and oils, found it to be an effective measure to achieve public health benefits. The tax (which was abandoned without a proper evaluation) enhanced (...)
09/02/2015

[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 (...)
Also about: health promotion , council
28/11/2014

[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

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 (...)
18/11/2014