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EPHA sends open letter on French ’fast-food’ tax


In March 2014 the French Senate published a report ’Taxation and Public Health: evaluation of behavioural taxation’ to back up a proposal to introduce a ’junk-food tax’ on products associated with increased non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The main objective of the proposed tax would be to counteract poor dietary habits and to compensate for the public health costs linked to the consumption of junk-food - currently hugely overlooked from a public debate around the (...)
07/04/2014

EPHA comments on WHO draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children


At the end of March 2014, EPHA commented on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children. Put recently for public consideration, the new proposal aims to lower a daily sugar intake for the general global population from 10 to 5% of total calorie intake. Consumption of free sugars (particularly in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages) may result in both reduced intake of foods containing nutritionally adequate calories (such as these (...)
07/04/2014

[EU-US trade agreement] Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) consultation: A missed opportunity?


On 27 March, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation on the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter within the context of the Transatlantic (ie EU-US) Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Weeks earlier, the EU Trade Commissioner put a halt to the negotiations over the ISDS due to mounting criticism from civil society groups and the European Parliament (EP). 07 April 2014 - This consultation has been presented by the EC as a solution to increase transparency (...)
07/04/2014

[EPHA comments] First EU Summit on Chronic Diseases


The first EU Summit on Chronic Diseases took place in Brussels during the 3rd and 4th of April. Peggy Maguire, EPHA president, delivered a key note speech. In this article we have pulled out the main messages of her speech. Among other key topics, the first EU summit on chronic diseases discussed medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health; ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases; and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases. (...)
04/04/2014

EPHA submits comments to draft political declaration in the run-up to FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition


In the run up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November 2014, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization opened a public consultation with interested stakeholders on its zero draft political declaration (otherwise known as the Rome Accord), to gather comments on its vision for health and nutrition, a sensitive global food and farming system. EPHA submitted its comments to the document. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United (...)
24/03/2014

[EPHA Guide] The EU and Health


14 October, 2013 - The EPHA Secretariat, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, LAUNCHED TODAY a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU’s competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. This guide could be used as a one-stop resource manual on how the EU deals with public health in Europe. A gateway to help you to better make sense of the EU’s (...)
14/03/2014

EU Council of Ministers adopts a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived


The European Union’s Council of Ministers adopted the Regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The Fund will give Member States €3.5 billion worth of support over 2014-2020 in their efforts to help Europe’s most vulnerable people and in particular those who have been worst affected by the on-going economic and social crisis. A successor to the Food for the Most Deprived scheme, the new fund aims to deliver beyond immediate food assistance (...)
12/03/2014

Civil Society urges President Barroso to reflect and re-focus on the Commission’s work on Sustainable Food


In light of the recent conference "Averting Farmageddon - Sustainable Food for All" co-organised by the Greek Presidency and the Compassion in World Farming, as well as the Commission’s long awaited Communication on Sustainable Food, civil society organisations wrote to President Barroso to urge that he reflect on current EU food production and consumption, especially from products of animal origin. As much as addressing food waste (is a predominant focus of the planned (...)
11/03/2014

EU Member States agree to act on Childhood Overweight and Obesity


The Greek Presidency "Nutrition and Physical Activity" conference of 24-25 February, saw the launch of the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity, initiated a year ago under the Irish Presidency of the EU. The Plan attempts to take into account the political complexity of all 28 EU Member States and aims to "demonstrate a shared commitment of addressing childhood obesity" by setting out eight priority areas for action "possible measures for consideration" while respecting countries’ (...)
02/03/2014

Alarming obesity rates in the WHO European Region require urgent action to protect children’s health


A recent WHO Europe Report, presenting an update on the marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children in the period 2012–2013, highlights increasing obesity rates in children. The overview about nutrition, obesity and physical inactivity in all 53 countries within the European Region, emphasises diverging obesity prevalence rates and the need for joint action to implement necessary policies on all levels, integrated in the WHO policy framework for health. According to a (...)
27/02/2014