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[Press release] The European Parliament will not gain people’s trust by continuing to contribute to the burden of chronic disease in the form of tobacco subsidies


Brussels, 23 October 2014 – Among all the furore yesterday of the new Commission, the European Parliament also quietly voted against ending EU subsidies to tobacco crops (1). While on the one hand many MEPs so supportive of legislating in favour of health with regards to pharmaceutical products, it seems that over half of the EP is happy to continue pumping taxpayer’s money to a harmful industry (2) instead of supporting farmers to make the shift to a more health and sustainable (...)
23/10/2014

New study calls upon EU to address link between mental and physical health in its Health Programme


A new study commissioned by Mental Health Europe assesses whether the EU’s second Health Programme (2008-2013) addresses the interrelation of mental and physical health. The conclusion is that the programme does not make a sufficient connection between the two. This is unfortunate as a more thorough consideration of this link could contribute to the prevention of comorbidity. Earlier studies have shown that physical and mental health related problems are closely linked. People with (...)
23/10/2014

[Joint press statement] Stoiber prescribing the wrong medicine


14 October 2014, Brussels - . The European Commission’s High Level Group on Administrative Burdens (1), chaired by Dr Edmund Stoiber, has drawn severe criticism from 4 of a total of 15 Members (2) for its final report (3) pushing an outdated, deregulatory agenda. Almost one third of ‘Stoiber group’ members oppose biased final report The views of members representing trade unions, environmental groups, consumer organisations and health groups are presented in a (...)
14/10/2014

[Evaluation] European Parliament hearing - Vytenis Andriukaitis European Commissioner-designate for Health and Food Safety


1 October 2014, Brussels - By European Parliament standards, Commissioner-designate Vytenis Andriukaitis’ performance could be judged to be “satisfactory”. He showed his commitment to protect European citizens’ health and well-being, and improve underlying determinants of health and physical environment. Now we will really have to see how he intends to turn words into concrete action. He was very outspoken on the issues of prevention, promotion and protection of (...)
01/10/2014

[EPHA Briefing] On Access to Water in Europe to mark environmental health day


Brussels, 26th September 2014 - On the occasion of World Environmental Health Day, EPHA highlighted the vital importance of water for public health. Having access to adequate sanitation facilities and sufficient amounts of safe water for drinking and hygiene is essential for human health. As a response to the ‘right to water’ campaign, the Commission has launched an EU-wide public consultation on the Drinking Water Directive, notably in view of improving access to quality (...)
26/09/2014

Statement of Clarification in Responses to Questions Regarding the Pharmaceutical Industry


We would like to confirm in response to a number of questions received today that the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) is withdrawing its support for the proposed Health for Citizen’s Intergroup in the European Parliament. EPHA had been discussing support for an Intergroup as part of a coalition of non-governmental organisations and organisations representing economic operators, a new and exciting venture with the expectation of supporting the European Parliament in (...)
11/09/2014

EPHA public statement on the designation of Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis as new European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety


10 September 2014, Brussels – Today Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, announced the composition of the new College of European Commissioners. Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis (1), former Health Minister of Lithuania, was designated as new European Commissioner for the Health Policy and Food Safety portfolio. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) would like to congratulate Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis for the designation and express its commitment to working with him to (...)
10/09/2014

EPHA calls on national governments to support healthy nutrition while developing national operational programmes of the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived


September 2014 - European Public Health Alliance, Europe’s largest network of public health organisations and NGOs advocating for better health for all and reducing health inequalities, has launched its call on governments of all 28 EU Member States to support healthy nutrition while developing their national operational programmes for the new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived, formerly "Free Food for Europe’s Poor". As the responsibility for the programme oscillates (...)
04/09/2014

Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe


As a comprehensive approach to the achievement of good health and well-being, tackling health inequalities early and giving every child the best start to life, we welcome the proposed European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015-2020. We call on European Ministers of Health to endorse the proposed framework and to give priority to its implementation. Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Copenhagen, 15-18 (...)
02/09/2014

Bolstering Health Literacy to cut down maternal and infant health inequalities


2 September 2014 - At the end of 2012, 6.6% of EU27 population was born outside the European Union. New and undocumented migrants are more likely to come from lower socio-economic backgrounds if not being pushed into poverty and social exclusion by the migration factor alone. The associated burden of disease, injuries and disability has been well documented and constitutes a firm evidence-base for action at international, European, national and local levels. A private-public pilot project (...)
02/09/2014