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PRESS RELEASE | Paralysis by Analysis: Public Health concerns on Regulatory cooperation in TTIP

NGOs express concern about Regulatory Cooperation and Good Regulatory Practices in TTIP Brussels, 21 March 2016. EPHA, EHN and EASL maintain their reservations about Regulatory Cooperation and Good Regulatory Practices in TTIP. We welcome the reversed focus of the text by having included the right to regulate for the public interest in the core text and mentioning public health but the risks of increased bureaucracy, decreased transparency and reduced democratic accountability still hover (...)
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Are Affordable Medicines on TTIP negotiators’ agenda?

In February, trade negotiators from the EU and the US met in Brussels for the twelfth round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - behind closed doors. Amongst other things, they discussed an EU proposal on regulatory cooperation on Generic Medicines. The negotations could have dramatic impacts on affordability and accessibility of medicines in Europe, depending on whether the negotiators prioritise public health goals. Is the negotiators’ main (...)

Public health concerns on the ‘TTIP’ EU-US trade deal

An important chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade negotiations between the EU and US deals with ’Regulatory Cooperation’. Whilst it may sound dull and harmless it poses and extremely serious threat to national governments’ right to regulate, for example to protect public health, consumer rights, workers or the environment. EPHA emphasises the need to defend governments’ and the EU’s right to legislate and set policies to (...)

European Commission revised Investor Arbitration proposal still shows bias and lack of transparency

Brussels, 12 November 2015. Public health groups, including EPHA, EHN and EASL [1] consider that the proposed changes to investor arbitration in TTIP are insufficient to stop companies attacking governments on public health laws, such as those for plain tobacco packaging or transparency of clinical trials. The European Commission (DG TRADE) has today published its revised proposal for an Investment Court System (ICS ) [2] which aims to replace the highly controversial investor-to-state (...)

Striking the balance: Protecting Health, Protecting Investments

EPHA position on Investment Protection in TTIP and Trade Agreements Response to the European Commission proposal for an Investment Court System to replace Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Striking the balance: Protecting Health, Protecting Investments EPHA position on Investment Protection in TTIP and Trade Agreements Response to the European Commission proposal for an Investment Court System to replace Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) READ THE FULL PAPER HERE. (...)

New EU International Trade Strategy fails to guarantee health protection

The European Commission has published today its proposal for a new EU Strategy on Trade. The proposed new Strategy, which should set out the EU approach to new international trade deals, including with Asia, falls short of providing safeguards to ensure that European national health services will be protected from threats to public funding or that quality will not be put at risk. Public health campaigners including EPHA insist that trade agreements should not undermine either the quality (...)

Making Roma Health a priority – from formal statements to specific indicators

According to the EU founding treaty, ensuring human health and promoting solidarity towards equitable and universal coverage of quality health services should be part of all EU policies. That health should be a priority for EU policies is also confirmed by the Europe 2020 Strategy, which states that a healthy population is essential for achieving growth for all in a smart, sustainable and inclusive EU economy. But what are the challenges of making health a priority at national level in the (...)

Does having more children increase your risk of coronary heart disease?

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the number one cause of death for women in the world and often has a notable effect on an individual’s life. Previous studies suggest that biological and physiological changes during pregnancy may affect the risk of cardiovascular disease, including CHD. These links were further explored by a recent study which was conducted by our Roma health fellow, Diana Pirjol, as part of her research. The study suggests that women with large families are (...)

[EPHA event] The case of connecting Roma people living in secluded communities to basic healthcare

The 2015 EPHA conference explored how the concept of ’Health in All Policies’ has evolved into a broader approach to better governance for health. Health in all Policies has a vital importance in the case of Roma Integration. Housing, Education, Access to Healthcare, Employment and Discrimination are core elements influencing overall Roma population health. The conference sought to draw lessons from previous health policy-making and identify challenges and opportunities for (...)

[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 (...)