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[Press statement] OECD joins European Parliament and Ministers in calling for new alcohol policies

12 May, Brussels - Today, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published its new report ‘Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy’, which analyses major trends in alcohol consumption in OECD countries. Following the statement on alcohol policy from EU Health Ministers and European Parliament’s resolution calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy on 21st and 29th April, pressure is mounting on the European Commission to (...)

[EPHA Open letter] EPHA contribution to the draft Austrian tobacco legislation

I am writing to you in response to the draft tobacco legislation that is currently in progress. On behalf of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Austria for its willingness to take this bold step forward in the fight against tobacco related harm. To Mme Sabine Oberhauser, Austrian Minister for Health Dear Mme Oberhauser, In Austria the prevalence of smoking is still increasing while the habit is imposing an enormous health and (...)

[Joint press statement] European Parliament Resolution calls for new EU Alcohol Strategy

29 April, Brussels - Today, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a Resolution calling on the European Commission to present a new EU Alcohol Strategy to tackle health harm for 2016-2022. The clear message from MEPs comes just a week after EU Health Ministers meeting in Riga called on the Commission (1) to take action on the health impacts of alcohol. Both MEPs and Ministers have criticized the Commission for failing to update the previous EU Alcohol Strategy which expired in 2012. (...)

[Event announcement] Launch of the MEP Friends of the Liver Interest Group - 27 May

MEP Cristian-Silviu Buşoi (EPP, RO) will launch the ’MEP Friends of the Liver Group’. The event is organised in collaboration with the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). 27 May 2015, 13.00 – 15.00 | Venue: The European Parliament (Brussels) | JÓZSEF ANTALL (JAN), Room 6Q1. REGISTER HERE (Deadline: Wednesday, 20 May 2015) AGENDA CONCEPT NOTE MEP Friends of the Liver Interest Group: Dr Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, the European Association (...)

[Joint press statement] European Parliament’s Public Health committee calls for better drinks labeling as part of a new Alcohol Strategy to reduce harm

1st April, Brussels - The European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety supported yesterday a resolution calling for a new EU strategy to tackle health harm from alcohol to be put into action for 2016-2022. The Resolution also emphasizes the importance of better labeling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information. A coalition of public health organisations (1) working on alcohol policy welcomes the committee’s position (...)

EU Governments Call for a New EU Alcohol Strategy

National government representatives have given the green light to a new EU Strategy on Alcohol: The Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA) of national experts has adopted a scoping paper on the EU approach to harmful use of alcohol and alcohol related harm. The document contains the main elements that CNAPA would like to see in a new EU Alcohol Strategy. National governments are largely responsible for their own alcohol policies, however these were previously complemented (...)
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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 (...)

[Event report] HEPAMAP: A Roadmap for EU Liver Research

On 10 December 2014, in an event hosted by MEP Cristian Buşoi (EPP, RO) in the European Parliament, the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) launched the ‘Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - Case study for chronic diseases & research’. The HEPAMAP stresses the need for further research on liver disease and calls on policy makers to step up their efforts to tackle the disease and its links with lifestyle and other diseases, such as (...)

Regulation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: an opportunity to stop cancer before it starts

On 7 January, a meeting on ‘Regulation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: an opportunity to stop cancer before it starts’ was held in the European Parliament, where MEPs, civil society organisations, and academics called for better regulation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC). MEPs began the session, represented by Alojz Peterle (EPP, Slovenia), Pavel Poc (S&D, Czech Rep.) and Christel Schaldemose (S&D, Denmark). Mr Peterle pointed out that cancer is no longer (...)

Air Pollution: Are EU Policy Makers Aware of the Danger for Public Health?

While experts highlight the health effects and economic costs of air pollution, the European Commission is planning to amend the air quality proposal which is likely to have significant benefits for health right across Europe. In considering modifications to the EU clean air package, the European Commission has an opportunity to promote prevention and to consider people’s health. Parliament Hearing to present scientific evidence on EU air quality policy At the public hearing (...)