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European Commission Communication on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - the health perspective


On 2 June 2014, the European Commission adopted a Communication to contribute to the EU position on international negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Following the UN definition, the SDGs are intended to reinforce the international community’s commitment to eradicating poverty and supporting sustainable development - challenges that affect the lives of current and future generations. When the leaders of (...)
24/06/2014

EPSCO Council adopts conclusions on economic crisis and health care


On 19-20 June 2014, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and the Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) held a meeting in Luxembourg. On the agenda were issues including the Social dimension of the European Monetary Union (EMU) and the health impact of the crisis. The EPSCO Council brings together ministers responsible for employment, social affairs, health and consumer policy from all EU Member States. Relevant European Commissioners also participate in meetings which happen four times a (...)
23/06/2014

Contribution of EPHA to European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Civil Society Liaison Group, Europe 2020 mid-term review


EPHA has been playing an important role in the liaison groups’ contribution to the Europe 2020 mid-term review within the framework of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Civil Society Liaison Group. “Europe 2020 is the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade. In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and Member States deliver high levels of (...)
16/06/2014

The European Commission releases country-specific recommendations for 2014


On 2 June, the Commission released the 2014 Country Specific Recommendations for 26 out of the 28 EU Member States. According to the European Commission growth has returned to the European Union (EU); public finances and macroeconomic imbalances continue to improve; and there is a modest rise in employment rates. The Commission proposes to continue to adopt structural reforms to keep the growth momentum - a strategy criticised by civil society actors that see the traditional growth model (...)
04/06/2014

[European Council] Conclusions on Sustainable Health Systems - putting the spotlight on the health impacts of the crisis


On 10 December, Health Ministers unanimously adopted Council Conclusions on the Reflection Process on Modern, Responsive and Sustainable Health Systems, prepared by the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. In the Conclusions the Member States acknowledge the core role of health for the economic prosperity and stress the importance of the principles of solidarity, universal health care accessibility as well as the horizontal principle “health in all policies”. (...)
11/12/2013

Council Conclusions on the EU Drugs Strategy 2013-2020


In view of the forthcoming adoption of the EU Drugs Strategy 2013-2020, the Council of the European Union published in June its Conclusions on the Strategy. EPHA summarises these below. The Council conclusions on the new EU Drugs Strategy lay out the state of play of the drug use and its implications in the EU: heroin use is the biggest drug problem, cannabis is the most commonly illicit drug used in the EU, followed by cocaine, worrying developments are happening in the synthetic (...)
26/08/2012

EPHA explainer - European Institutions - The European Council


The EU operates through a hybrid system of supranational independent institutions and intergovernmentally made decisions negotiated by the countries part of the Union (the Member States). Important institutions of the EU include the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Council, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the European Central Bank. The European Council used to refer to the regular bi-annual official meetings of (...)
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22/10/2011

Council Declaration on the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion: Working together to fight poverty in 2010 and beyond.


In December 2010, the European Council adopted a Council Declaration closing the European Year 2010 on combating poverty and social exclusion in the European Union. EPHA called for health inequalities to be taken into account. EPHA regrets that the public health dimension of the declaration is very weak. During the year the European Public Health Alliance, together with other civil society organisations allied in 2010 NGO Coalition, was advocating for greater attention and strong political (...)
04/02/2011

Czech Presidency calls for further discussion on excise duty for tobacco


Finance ministers from the EU’s Member States have failed to agree upon a proposal to raise the minimum excise duty for tobacco. The Czech Presidency is calling for further discussions with the hope of reaching an agreement within the next month. The proposal under discussion would raise the minimum excise rates to €90 per 1,000 cigarettes, compared to €64 as it stands today. It would also increase the minimum excise rates on fine-cut tobacco. Tobacco control and (...)
04/06/2009