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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 (...)
02/03/2015

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 (...)
23/02/2015

[Save the Date] Science Policy Flu Summit, 30 September 2015 - Brussels


The 2015 Flu Summit organised by the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) and co-organised by EPHA will take place on 30 September 2015 at the International Press Centre (Residence Palace) in Brussels. Dubbed ’Science Policy Flu Summit’, the event will allow public health officials and policy makers with an interest in influenza-related issues to exchange views with leading scientists, who will translate the latest findings into policy practice. EPHA’s (...)
17/02/2015

Eurofound publishes study on access to healthcare in times of crisis


Eurofound - the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions - published this week its report, ’Access to healthcare in times of crisis’. EPHA contributed to the report last year, conducting a case study of health system responses in Luxembourg. The report explores which population groups have experienced reduced access to healthcare as a result of the crisis. It presents examples of measures taken by governments and service providers to maintain (...)
26/11/2014

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2015 EU Draft Budgetary Plans


The EU’s new economic governance framework requires, under Regulation No. 473/2013, that the countries of the euro area submit their draft budgetary plans to the European Commission each year by 15 October. In this document, EPHA provides a first-look analysis of the draft budgetary reports submitted this year. This is the first analysis of the draft budgetary plans that EPHA has undertaken. The draft budgetary monitoring procedure is a crucial element of the EU’s economic (...)
03/11/2014

New cancer expert group: cancer is on the EU public health agenda


On the first meeting of the new expert group on cancer, which was held on 22-23 September, the Commission presented an overview of the EU priorities for cancer and an implementation report on previous work done in the field. It gave also an update on the ongoing CANCON Joint Action (European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control) and progress towards a European Cancer Information System. Finally, the International Agency for Research on Cancer presented the 4th (...)
14/10/2014

[EPHA Response] EC Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems


EPHA welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to improve health systems and encourages it to take into account EPHA recommendations on health systems: strengthening effectiveness, increasing accessibility and improving resilience. [EPHA’s recommendations on health systems:] Health indicators on access to healthcare, or health system performance, should be included in the Social Dimension of the European Monetary Union (EMU), as it will be equally important to determine (...)
21/08/2014

[EPHA response] mHealth Green Paper consultation


22 July 2014 - Following in-depth discussions with members, EPHA responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on its Green Paper on mobile health (mHealth) in early July. In its response, EPHA emphasises that mHealth development should not only be seen as a way to gain cost efficiencies, but that relevant solutions - including smartphone applications - must first and foremost aim to bring concrete benefits for different types of end users including patients and health (...)
25/07/2014

Strong Health Workforces and Sustainable Health Systems - HW4All


As a fundamental pillar of the social and welfare model that defines and strengthens European identity, a solid health workforce is a public resource that must be secured at the local, national and global levels. Therefore EPHA supports the HW4All initiative with its goal of reinforcing the ethical guidelines outlined in the 2010 WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. Recent developments On 15 and 16 July, EPHA attended separate meetings with (...)
23/07/2014

[EPHA overview] France to introduce new public health law


On 19 June, the French Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine, unveiled the broad measures planned for their new public health law. Measures regarding third-party payers, food labelling and tobacco control are already under consideration. This bill, which has been in the pipeline for more than a year, will be introduced in the Council of Ministers in September and discussed in the Parliament at the beginning of next year. The third-party payer in GP consultation One of the main (...)
18/07/2014