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[Event announcement] TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?

This conference co-organised by Demeter International and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) will provide a discussion platform for negotiators, decision makers and stakeholders to exchange views on civil society concerns with regard to possible implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on sustainable food and agriculture, public health and services as well as education and democracy. It will discuss visions about fair and sound international trade, (...)

[Press Release] New EU Migration Agenda falls short on health

Brussels, 18 May 2015 – - The European Commission released its European Agenda on Migration (1) on Wednesday 13 May. EPHA welcomes that action is finally being stepped up and more funding being made available, but warns that health requires further support. Health concerns – of migrants and of receiving countries’ populations - are notably absent in the agenda, which merely mentions the need to support ‘reception and capacity to provide healthcare to migrants in the (...)

References to health significantly reduced in 2015 CSRs

On 13 May the European Commission published the 2015 country specific recommendations (CSRs), which form the centrepiece of the European Semester. In line with the Juncker Commission’s revised approach to the European Semester, the number of recommendations made is reduced to focus on key priority areas. Upon taking office the new Commission initiated a reform of the European Semester process, which is now in its fifth cycle. The aim is to increase ownership of the Semester’s (...)

[Event announcement] Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU - Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence (5 May, Brussels)

On 5 May 2015, Nessa Childers MEP (S&D, Ireland) will host an event co-organised by EPHA together with the Health Workers for All (HW4All) project and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). This policy seminar, at the European Parliament in Brussels, is an opportunity to discuss the principles contained in the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in the European context. The event, ’Mobility of Health Professionals in (...)

[EPHA video] Health is not for trade

From Monday 20th April to Friday 24th April 2015, the 9th round of the EU and US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took place in New York where delegations have worked on three key pillars: market access, regulatory cooperation and rules. Overview about the 9th round of TTIP negotiations in New York The EU had tabled a revised EU proposal on horizontal regulatory cooperation that seeks to involve government regulators at the sub-central level. Both (...)

Applying ethical recruitment principles in Europe

In the run-up to the event, ’Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU: Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence’, Health Workers for All (HW4All) have released a number of case studies that highlight good practices related to achieving a more equitable distribution of health workers across Europe, while highlighting the importance of respecting internationally mobile health workers’ rights. Four op-ed articles have been released since December by HW4All coordinator (...)

[March update] Health in EU economic governance

This article gives a brief overview of health related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks. European Commission The past month has been a busy time for economic governance in the EU. At the end of February the European Commission published a series of Country Reports – one for each member state plus a collective report on the euro area – as part of the European Semester process. These (...)

European Parliament overlooks the vital role of health in economic recovery

The Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee voted on 24 February to adopt a report on the 2015 Annual Growth Survey (AGS). Despite receiving the opinion of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, which strongly urged the consideration of health as an important element of sustainable and inclusive growth, the final text of the ECON report overlooks the economic significance of health. The report, drafted by Rapporteur MEP Dariusz Rosati (EPP, Poland), (...)

European Working Time consultation - where to go from here?

In December 2014, the European Commission launched the latest public consultation on the review of the Working Time Directive 2003/88/EC in the hope to make progress following the failed negotiations of the cross-sectoral social partners at the end of 2012. The Commission’s declared goal is to consider making appropriate changes that would make the Directive more suitable for dealing with the ongoing challenges Europe’s employment sectors are subject to. The outcomes of the (...)

EPHA urges EU Parliament to bring health concerns to the European Semester

23 February 2015 - EPHA has urged members of the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee to consider health in their report on the 2015 Annual Growth Survey, which is part of the EU’s macroeconomic oversight programme known as the European Semester. The original text of the ECON Committee report does not make any reference to health. The opinion adopted by the ENVI (Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) Committee on 29 January makes a number of (...)