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[EPHA Position] How to include Public Health into the EU Trade Policy Strategy?


The objective of the European Public Health Community is to protect and promote public health by ensuring policy and regulatory space for governments and the EU by incorporating flexibility: Improved well-being of people should be the primary objective of EU policies, and EU trade policy is regarded as a tool to achieve a number of public interest objectives, including, protection of public health, the environment and consumer interests. - EPHA Position How to include Public Health into (...)
31/07/2015

[Conference Proceedings] TTIP - Increased Trade for Better Living?


To intensify the dialogue among civil society organisations, TTIP negotiators and political decision makers, Demeter International, in cooperation with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) organised the European policy conference “TTIP - Increased Trade for Better Living?" The event took place on 15-16 June under the umbrella of the Agricultural and Rural Convention (ARC 2020) and was hosted by the European and Economic Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. The conference aims (...)
31/07/2015

[EHN-EPHA Joint Press Release] European Parliament safeguards health in TTIP, says No to ‘business as usual’ ISDS


Brussels, 8th July – Today, the European Parliament adopted its Initiative report with recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EPHA and EHN welcome the report as it includes vital safeguards for public health, and sends a clear signal that the controversial Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement system (ISDS) must be reformed. It is essential that EU trade agreements do not limit the ability of (...)
Also about: Trade and Health , TTIP
08/07/2015

AMR’s multiple dimensions call for action on all fronts


The June Uppsala Health Summit (UHS), ‘A World Without Antibiotics’ expanded the discussion about antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at European and national level by examining this critical health threat from different angles. Among the key themes discussed were access to antibiotics and to improved diagnostics, the environmental dimension of AMR, collaborative research & innovation, and economic models allowing pharma companies to balance profits and investments for the public (...)
02/07/2015

EU Migration Agenda - ’Right step in right direction’ or stumbling block for universal access to healthcare?


A CEPS lunchtime seminar held at the University of Maastricht’s Brussels campus shed light, from different angles, on the recently released European Agenda on Migration by critically examining some of its features, including the Commission’s plan to distribute asylum seekers across the EU Member States, the use of military power to combat people smugglers, and managing different types of migration. Overall, the Agenda’s narrow take on migration complicates achieving the (...)
02/07/2015

[June 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. Country specific recommendations (CSRs) Following the publication of the country specific recommendations (CSRs) in May, EPHA issued its analysis and policy recommendations at the beginning of June. EPHA highlighted the dramatic reduction in references to health in this year’s recommendations; just 11 (...)
01/07/2015

Public Health Omitted From Trade Policy Day - Key Public Health Demands


Brussels, 23 June 2015 - EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström held a European Trade Policy Day that brought together a broad spectrum of high-level speakers. Stakeholders from civil society, the European Parliament, trade unions, business and academia gathered to put forward their views and ideas on European trade policy. EPHA regrets the fact that the Commission did not pay attention to the public health impacts of trade and, in response, has formulated a list of key public health (...)
01/07/2015

[Conference Conclusions] - TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?


This European policy conference took place on 15-16 June in Brussels and gathered more than 150 participants. It focused on the future of EU trade agreements, examining their impact on sustainable food, agriculture and public health. Our event was part of the ongoing constructive discussion about the impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the lives of Europeans with conference conclusions developed following plenary panel debates, in-depth thematic workshops (...)
23/06/2015

[Open Letter] to the EU Ministers of Health


In a joint letter ahead of the 19 June EPSCO Council debate on migrant health, EPHA, Medecins du Monde (link) and PICUM (link), addressed the Council to ask for action and policy commitment to universal access to healthcare and its paramount importance in addressing health inequalities. The letter, signed by a group of umbrella networks and grassroots organisations from across the EU, drew attention to the fact that improvements in access to healthcare for asylum seekers, undocumented (...)
22/06/2015

New report exposes link between global pharmaceutical production and anti-microbial resistance


A new report released on 11 June 2015 by global consumer watchdog SumOfUs.org provides a new angle to the debate about the major health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR): the improper disposal of pharmaceutical waste by polluting factories in China, and their links with some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. The report raises the urgent need for antibiotic stewardship to avoid a looming public health disaster. According to the report, polluting factories in (...)
19/06/2015