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New German law promotes prevention and health promotion - will it deliver?

In June 2015, Germany passed new legislation on disease prevention and health promotion which is unique in the sense that it will create a broad coalition of national health actors on prevention. The latter is not only supposed to create long-term economic benefits for the health system (’return on prevention’) but will bring concrete benefits to a wide range of individuals. Crucially, the new prevention law (Praeventionsgesetz) will allow individuals to get reimbursed through (...)

[EVENT REPORT] Launch of the MEP Friends of the Liver Group

Brussels 27 May 2015 – The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) launched the “MEP Friends of the Liver Group” in a seminar hosted by MEP Cristian Buşoi (EPP, RO) and co-organised by EASL and EPHA in the European Parliament. [EVENT REPORT] Launch of the MEP Friends of the Liver Group [PRESENTATIONS] Patrizia Burra & Tatiana Reic [PRESS RELEASE] Launch of the MEP Friends of the Liver Interest group to tackle a silent epidemic CONCEPT NOTE (...)

[EASL Press Release] Launch of the MEP Friends of the Liver Interest group to tackle a silent epidemic

[EASL Press Release] Launch of the MEP Friends of the Liver Interest Group to tackle a silent epidemic Brussels 27 May - The MEP Friends of the Liver Interest Group (1) was launched today at the European Parliament in Brussels at an event hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Dr Cristian-Silviu Busoi (EPP, RO). It calls on the European Parliament to use its significant powers raise awareness about liver disease and to advocate for EU policies to ensure that all patients (...)

[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 the European Parliament’s resolution calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy on 21 and 29 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 (...)