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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

Roma Public Health emergency - alarming European Commission data on Roma health


Health Commissioner Tonio Borg announced at the EPHA Annual Conference on 4 September 2014, that the European Commission has issued a report on the health status of the Roma population in Europe. The report concludes that Roma in Europe suffer a greater exposure to wider risks of ill health, have poorer access to preventive and healthcare services and suffer poorer health outcomes than the general population. The report also highlights that as a result of cutbacks linked to the economic (...)
23/10/2014

[Press release] EPHA encourages policy makers to be braver when tackling the cancer epidemic in Europe


14 October 2014, Brussels – The 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer was finally launched today after many months of delay (1). As a member of the recently established Commission Expert Group on Cancer (2), EPHA supports the new version of the Cancer Code. “The burden of cancer is set to increase in the coming years. Making a few consistent lifestyles changes is enough to protect oneself against many forms of cancer. This Code sets out a wide range of measures that (...)
14/10/2014

[World Sight Day] European Coalition for Vision (ECV) - press statement


Brussels, 9th October 2014 - On the occasion of World Sight Day, the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) set an ambitious objective to leverage vision and eye health at European level. World Sight Day is a global event that focuses on bringing attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is observed worldwide on the second Thursday of October each year. Meeting on 8th October 2014 in Brussels, members of the European Coalition for Vision agreed to develop and promote a European vision (...)
09/10/2014

[EPHA Open letter] Asking for support for the Scottish Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol (MUP)


In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) to tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other European wine and spirits producers took action against the proposal claiming that it breaches the UK’s European Union (EU) treaty obligations. Since there is a growing body of evidence which shows that price increases can have a substantial impact on reducing consumption, and consequently on (...)
01/10/2014

[Press release] EPHA urges European Parliament to reject moving EU pharma policy to enterprise portfolio


September 29 2014, Brussels - When questioning the EU Commissioners-designate this week, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) should reject the decision by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President-elect, to move pharmaceutical policy from the health to the enterprise portfolio (1). The main driver of EU policies concerning pharmaceuticals and health technologies should be promoting and protecting health and patient safety, not simply boosting the competitiveness of the (...)
29/09/2014

[Press release] France is on the right track in the fight against tobacco epidemic in Europe


September 25 2014, Brussels – Today, the French government outlined new legislation (1) to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes following Ireland (2) and the UK’s recent initiatives (3). If the bill is adopted, France will be taking a major step forward to protect its citizens against a habit that kills around 73,000 people every year in France (4) and 700,000 in the European Union - equivalent to the population of cities like Seville or Frankfurt. As Peggy (...)
25/09/2014

An incomprehensible step backward


The president of the European Parliament has called for a "satisfactory response" from Mr Juncker before the commissioner hearings begin. MEPs from several political groups and the Belgian Minister of Health joined the public health community in calling for medicinal products and health technology to be moved back in to the health portfolio of the European Commission. This adds to the voices of European and global players representing various branches of healthcare that expressed concerns (...)
25/09/2014

[Open Letter] To President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on move of medicinal products and health technologies to the portfolio of the Commissioner for internal market and industry


Brussels, 16 September 2014 - We are writing to express our astonishment and concern regarding your decision to move the competence for medicinal products and health technologies from the Commissioner in charge of Health to the Commissioner in charge of internal market and industry within the new Commission. Dear Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the European Commission, The economic crisis, the ageing of the population, technological advances, and new health threats, including (...)
16/09/2014

[Press release] Juncker puts Europe’s security at risk by promoting profit over public health


12 September 2014, Brussels – The public health community has reacted with alarm and disbelief at the ill-thought distribution of responsibilities amongst the in-coming European Commissioners. In an announcement on Wednesday 10 September, the President-elect (1) revealed that health technology and pharmaceutical policy is being moved from the Health and Food Safety Commissioner to the new Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (2). The European Public (...)
12/09/2014