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Eye health and vision care should be public health priorities in Europe


The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) delegation travelled to Luxembourg on 1 April 2014 to meet with representatives of the European Union (EU)’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU. The delegation was an excellent opportunity to exchange views on the importance of eye health and vision as a public health priority and the visit aimed to reiterate ECV’s call to European decision-makers to include eye health and (...)
17/04/2014

[EPHA report] EU Summit on Chronic Diseases


On 3 and 4 April 2014 in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) held the first ever ’EU Summit on Chronic Diseases’ to address the medical, social and economic burden of chronic disease in the EU. The event brought together key policymakers, stakeholders, and interest groups to explore ways to tackle chronic diseases effectively. EPHA President Peggy Maguire contributed to the Summit with key messages. At the end of the event, the EC published the Summit Conclusions and calls (...)
16/04/2014

The European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND)


Almost one century after the discovery of insulin therapy , people who suffer from diabetes still continue facing physical and psychological pain. Last January, the European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND) released a practical guide which calls upon governments across Europe to take political commitments to start making concrete changes to diabetes policies. Background The European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND) was created in November 2011 and gathers European and (...)
15/04/2014

[Press Release - European Coalition for Vision (ECV)] Time to put an end to the neglect experienced by eye health in Europe


Luxemburg, 1st April 2014 - The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) (1) met today with the European Union (EU)’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU, to reiterate its call to European decision-makers to include eye health and vision in the European political agenda. Earlier this year, in an event supported by several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) (2), the ECV launched its Manifesto for the European (...)
22/03/2014

[Joint Statement] Tackling alcohol related harm requires better actions


Why the public health community is disappointed with the European Parliament resolution on EU Alcohol Strategy. Brussels, 21 March 2014 - On the 10 March, Members of the Environment Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee in the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to develop a new EU Alcohol Strategy. The resolution is scheduled for vote in the April EP Plenary. The public health community is delighted that the European Parliament (...)
21/03/2014

[Water is a Human Right!] Commissio​n lacks ambition in replying to first European Citizens’ Initiative​


19 March 2014, Brussels - The European Commission (EC) published a Communication today that gives its official response to the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) which called on the EC “to implement the human right to water and sanitation in European law.” In the Communication, the European Commission does recall the importance of the human right to water and sanitation and states the importance of water as a public good and fundamental value and that (...)
16/03/2014

The Council approves EU tobacco legislation fitted to the twenty-first century


Brussels, 14 March 2014 — Today the Council endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the European Parliament last December. After more than three years of delays and policy making, today’s decision delivers to people living in Europe a tobacco regulation better able to protect us from misleading marketing. The new TPD does not set global standards on public health protection - see the example of Uruguay and Australia. Yet, this new legislation updates (...)
14/03/2014

[Event] Big alcohol, big tobacco, big influence. New vectors for global diseases


You are invited to a Westminster debate: health policy making for the 21st century: unhealthy environments, vested interests or inadequate people? Tuesday 1 April 2014 | 14:00–16:00 | Committee Room 8, The Palace of Westminster The dominant global diseases of the 19th and 20th centuries were typically infections and malnutrition associated with poverty and unhealthy environments. According to the World Health Organization the leading diseases in the 21st century are the so called (...)
12/03/2014

[Event report] Launch of the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) & its Manifesto for the European Elections


The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) held its launch event in the European Parliament on 4 February 2014, which marked the Coalition’s manifesto for the European Parliament elections. The manifesto presented in an event hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE) and co-hosted by MEP Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, IT) and MEP Catherine Stihler (S&D, UK) calls on the European Parliament to use its significant powers to improve the lives of people (...)
26/02/2014

[Press release] The European Parliament stands on the public health side in tobacco vote


Brussels, 26 February 2014 — Today, the European Parliament endorsed an agreement for a new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the Council last December (1). “This vote comes not a moment too soon given the challenges in reaching the adoption of the Tobacco Products Directive. The European Public Health Alliance hopes this will encourage Member States to strengthen their tobacco control measures, following examples from progressive global leaders in tobacco (...)
26/02/2014