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Cross-border Healthcare report reveals implementation gaps, uncovers lacking knowledge of patient rights

A new EPHA report examines the progress of the implementation of the 2011 Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (2011/24/EU). Following the European Commission’s own first review of the operation of the Directive, EPHA’s report calls for actions to ensure that the Directive does not exacerbate health inequalities by only working in favour of well-to-do patients and Member States. Among other measures this will entail tailored and (...)

Is Europe food secure?

Food security is a major public health concern. While usually framed as a ’developing countries’ issue only, it is high time to start looking at the European situation as well. From the environmental and agronomic perspectives, Europe may well be undermining its ability to be food secure in the future. From a public health point of view, we can even doubt whether food security is achieved at this very day. This month EPHA participated in the panel of a joint European (...)
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mHealth - an essential component towards integrated care

More integrated prevention and care models have long been recognised as important elements in moving towards better quality and sustainability in healthcare, in particular in view of the rising burden of non-communicable diseases and demographic change, and the complexities of multiple morbidities that this brings. By Sascha Marschang, EPHA Policy Manager for Health Systems and Milena Richter, Senior Director European Public Affairs, Sanofi. While healthcare systems move towards (...)

[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 (...)

[Water is a Human Right!] The European Commission Must Declare and Implement the Human Right to Water Now!

Brussels, 17 February - The first ever European Citizens Initiative (ECI) met Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commission services to discuss implementation of the demands of the ECI Right2water campagin in European legislation after having received 1,680,172 supportive signatures. As 13 countries had collected the minimum number of necessary signatures, the representatives of the Citizens’ Committee demanded that the European Commission recognise and implement the (...)

Health Inequalities: From ’dirty secret’ to central item on EU agenda

On 23 January, the ’Equity Action’ Final Conference was hosted by the European Commission, marking the end of the Joint Action on Health Inequalities and expressing hope and determination that this will the beginning of further coordinated action at all levels. EC Flash report: Health inequalities conference – Charlemagne conference centre 23 January 2014 Background Equity Action aims to reduce health inequalities by helping to improve policies at national and regional (...)

EU Council adopts the first ever Recommendation on sport, notably on promoting health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA)

On 26 November of 2013 the Council adopted the first ever Council Recommendation in sport, notably on promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors (HEPA). It also adopted Council conclusions on the ‘Contribution of sport to the EU economy, and in particular to addressing youth unemployment and social inclusion’. The Council also held a policy debate on ‘Good governance in sport’. The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council met in Brussels on 25 (...)

[Second Conference of Partners in Innovation Partnership] Ageing means growth

The second Conference of Partners entitled ’Scaling up for healthy growth’ presented the progress that the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP on AHA) has made over the last year in the EIP’s six action areas. It highlighted ageing-related innovation, both social and technological, as a crucial area for health investment. The conference was opened by European Commissioner for Health Policy, Tonio Borg who stressed the need for health system (...)

[European Roma Information Office (ERIO) Seminar] Roma Integration: the Role of Local Authorities

The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) organised a seminar on 24 October that highlighted the important role that local authorities play in putting into action Roma integration measures given they are dealing with real people in dynamic and diverse communities. As a way to improve the integration of the 10-12 million Roma across Europe, in 2011 the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020. This resulted in Member State (...)