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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. Recently put forward for public consideration, the new proposals aim to lower 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 (...)

The Council approves EU tobacco legislation fitted to the twenty-first century

Brussels, 14 March 2014 — Today the Council endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the European Parliament last December. After more than three years of delays and policy making, today’s decision delivers to people living in Europe a tobacco regulation better able to protect us from misleading marketing. The new TPD does not set global standards on public health protection - see the example of Uruguay and Australia. Yet, this new legislation updates (...)

[Press release] The European Parliament stands on the public health side in tobacco vote

Brussels, 26 February 2014 — Today, the European Parliament endorsed an agreement for a new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the Council last December (1). “This vote comes not a moment too soon given the challenges in reaching the adoption of the Tobacco Products Directive. The European Public Health Alliance hopes this will encourage Member States to strengthen their tobacco control measures, following examples from progressive global leaders in tobacco (...)

[Press release] Ireland leads the way in Europe in tackling the tobacco epidemic

Brussels, 23 January 2014 — Today, the Irish parliament, the Oireachtas, launched a consultation on a draft public health bill that introduces standardised tobacco packaging. If the bill passes, Ireland will become the first EU Member State—the second country in the world after Australia—to ban branding from tobacco product packaging. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has sent (1) an open letter to the Oireachtas’ Chair of the Committee on Health and (...)

[Joint Open Letter] Litigation from multinationals could block progressive EU environmental and social policies

Brussels, 9 January 2014 - Ten leading European Public Health, Transparency and Environment NGOs, including EPHA, signed an open letter which highlights serious concerns with the mechanism called the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) that risks becoming part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This letter has been published on[Euractive’s website. The European Commission has repeatedly promised civil society that the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and (...)

New global campaign to put pressure on governments and industry to cut sugar content of food and drinks by up to 30%

A new global campaign will bring together health experts and policy-makers to comprehensively address the current global epidemic of obesity and diabetes by reducing ’unnecessarily high’ levels of sugar, in (mainly processed) food and beverage products, by up to 30%. The campaign is to move out of the stagnation and inactivity caused by the industry’s marketing strategies, governments’ self-regulatory approaches and consumers’ education. It is estimated that (...)

[Press release] Council puts people living in Europe closer to a tobacco regulation better fit for purpose

18 December 2013, Brussels –The European Council, via the heads and deputy of mission from the EU member states (so-called COREPER), has today endorsed (1) an agreement for the new EU Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) reached by the European Parliament and the European Council on Monday. This deal will make tobacco packages less attractive so fewer people start smoking, in particular young people who have been heavily targeted by the tobacco industry in recent years. Crucially, the (...)

[Event Press Release] Lessons to address the poor state of COPD care in Europe and research in Horizon 2020

To mark World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) (1), and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) (2) organised an event (3) under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The conference entitled “What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? A COPD case study of patient involvement” discussed the EU Framework (...)

[NGO recommendations] New EU Action Plan on Alcohol

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) joins its member organisation Eurocare -the international NGO that represents NGOs on Alcohol Policy across the EU- to contribute initial ideas as the new EU Action Plan begins to be drafted. EPHA members and partners commit to actively participating in the consultation process in developing the final version of the plan and outline priorities areas. EPHA and Eurocare argue that the new EU Action Plan needs to complement the WHO “European (...)

[Save the date] What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? – A COPD case study of patient involvement

The European COPD Coalition (ECC) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), under the patronage of the Lithuanian EU presidency, invite you to a conference and (lung) spirometry test to mark 2013 World COPD Day. 28 November 2013 - Lithuanian EU Presidency calendar (Lithuanian version) EVENT’S AGENDA Agenda online What is COPD? Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – COPD – is a treatable but irreversible (...)