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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 a 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 during the 3rd and 4th of April. Peggy Maguire, EPHA president, delivered a key note speech. In this article we have pulled out the main messages of her speech. Among other key topics, the first EU summit on chronic diseases discussed 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. (...)
04/04/2014

EPHA’s Election Manifesto


The last five years have been difficult for many people living in Europe. Unemployment, cuts to social support, lack of access to finance and the impacts of austerity have taken their toll on people, their health and their faith in the political processes and even democracy. In its Manifesto for the European Parliament elections, the European Public Health Alliance calls on political parties and individual Members of the European Parliament (MEP) candidates to ensure that health and (...)
19/03/2014

Election Manifestos of EU political groups - what they mean for public health


With the Elections for the European Parliament around the corner, most of the political groups of the European Parliament have already nominated their Commissioner Candidates and launched their manifestos (see EPHA’s manifesto). We have taken this opportunity to analyse the groups’ views on health-related issues. Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (PES) The PES group aims to “build a Europe that leaves no one behind (...)
14/03/2014

[EPHA Guide] The EU and Health


14 October, 2013 - The EPHA Secretariat, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, LAUNCHED TODAY a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU’s competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. This guide could be used as a one-stop resource manual on how the EU deals with public health in Europe. A gateway to help you to better make sense of the EU’s (...)
14/03/2014

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


Organised to coincide with the start of business of the new Parliamentary legislature and the review of the EU’s long-term objectives, EPHA’s annual conference will gather together high level speakers and thought leaders from international organisations, EU institutions, civil society, and other stakeholder groups, to engage in a constructive debate on the priorities of the EU for the next five years. EPHA 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 4-5 SEPTEMBER 2014, BRUSSELS “Tectonic (...)
11/03/2014

[Press release] EPHA’s Election Manifesto calls for Europe 2020 to deliver inclusive growth


Brussels, 5 March 2014 – Today, the European Commission released its Communication on the Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy (1) in what de facto launches the debate on the priorities for the European Union 2015-2020. Coinciding with this release, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) launched today its manifesto to the European Parliament Elections (2). In its manifesto, EPHA urges Members of the European Parliament (MEP) candidates to put health at the heart of the European (...)
05/03/2014

[Invitation: Media breakfast] Launch of EPHA manifesto for the European Parliament elections


EPHA invites you to a timely media breakfast with its President on the main items around EPHA’s manifesto to the European Parliament elections.
03/03/2014

EPHA article to OECD: ’Delivering on inclusive growth through citizenship engagement’


Emma Woodford, former board member of EPHA, contributed with an opinion note to a workshop organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)/Ford Foundation. In her article, entitled ’Delivering on inclusive growth through citizenship engagement’, Ms Woodford argues that there is growing recognition about the need to tackle inequality and elaborates on why engaging citizens in policy making and in achieving inclusive growth is a win-win solution. (...)
28/02/2014

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on equal access to healthcare for children


At its latest plenary session in Strasbourg on 5 February 2014, the European Parliament voted for a motion for a resolution on equal access to healthcare for children. The motion was put forward by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris MEP (EPP, Italy). Details of the motion for a resolution are given below: The European Parliament, – having regard to Rule 120 of its Rules of Procedure, A. whereas the right to health, meaning complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, has been (...)
10/02/2014