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Legal action for Roma inclusion: a new dawn for Roma Health Mediators?


At its 9-10 December meeting, the Council of the European Union adopted unanimously the Council recommendations on effective Roma integration measures in the member states. They focus on the main vulnerability factors of Roma such as poor health, poor housing, poor nutrition, exclusion, discrimination, racism and violence. It’s of EPHA’s view that Roma Health Mediators can play an important role in its implementation. Now, it is up to EU Member States to translate the rhetoric (...)
11/12/2013

Social Platform Networking visit in Lithuania (22-24 May 2013)


Lithuania will hold the rotating EU presidency of the Council in the second half of 2013 (July-December 2013). The Social Platform, (an alliance of representative European federations and networks of non-governmental organisations active in the social sector) set up a delegation to Lithuania. EPHA, as a member organisation of the Social Platform, was represented in the delegation. Draft Programme Objectives of the visit To deliver messages to the upcoming Lithuanian presidency on (...)
06/03/2013

EPHA met with Emer COSTELLO MEP (IE, S&D), rapporteur of the proposal ’Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAMD)


In October last year, the Commission presented a new proposal for a Regulation on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived for 2014-2020. Emer Costello MEP (S&D, IE) has been appointed as the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the draft EU Regulation, proposed by the European Commission recently, to establish a new €2.5 billion EU Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived* providing food and essential goods to deprived people, the homeless and children, over the (...)
11/01/2013

Council conclusions on Combating Violence Against Women, and the Provision of Support Services for Victims of Domestic Violence


The Council of the European Union adopted its conclusions on Violence Against Women at its 3206th Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer affairs (EPSCO) Council meeting on 6 December 2012. The council calls to consider 2015 as the European Year on Zero Tolerance for Violence against Women. Considering the fact that violence against women affects society as a whole, the Council adopted a few conclusions to tackle the problem. There is NO justification whatsoever for violence (...)
18/12/2012

Civil Society Contact Group writes to EU Council for an EU Budget that meets peoples’ needs and EU responsabilities


The extraordinary November Summit will focus solely on the EU Budget. Heads of State will defend the budget lines that their countries receive funds from. In this context, members of the Civil Society Contact Group call for a re-prioritisation of EU funds to where they have the biggest impact on the environment, extreme poverty, and people living in Europe. The 22-23 November European Council is a crucial summit for ensuring that the next MFF delivers adequate financing for sustainable (...)
21/11/2012

The fine art of lobbying - Lobbying the EU in Times of Crisis


EPHA attended the 13 November 2012 meeting on ’EU-Lobbying in Zeiten der Krisen’ organised by the permanent representation of Lower Saxony to the EU.

16/11/2012

EPHA service


[Update] Audiovisual Media Service Directive Implementation report adopted by the European Parliament 7th EAP- General Action Programme - THE 7TH ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME (EAP) (updated on 18 March 2013) Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – EP report - EU-wide plan to tackle the proliferation of AMR (updated on 7 November 2013) CAP reform – new regulations - Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) revision for 2014-2020 (updated on 5 April 2013) Car noise pollution - new EU (...)
08/11/2012

EPHA explainer - Instruments- EU Regulation And Decisions


EU jargon can be baffling for those not familiar with the processes and instruments. Here EPHA profiles the different instruments which form part of the policy making process. This article focuses on Regulation And Decisions and is part of a series articles on: regulations, directives, decisions, recommendations and opinions. REGULATION A regulation is a legislative act that is immediately enforceable to and binding for all Member States simultaneously; it does not require any domestic (...)
22/11/2011