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*UPDATE* Economic governance issues top agendas in a week of committee meetings


October 2014 - Last weeks have seen meetings of many of the European Parliament’s committees and several configurations of the Council of Ministers of the EU. In most of these meetings, economic governance issues - in particular the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester - have been high on the agenda, with a number of implications for health. On Monday 13 October the Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) voted to adopt (...)
17/10/2014

[Evaluation] Hungarian Candidate Commissioner Candidate Navracsics Rejected for his Portfolio


After the Hearing of the Hungarian Commissioner Candidate Tibor Navracsics, the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education rejected him, for the nominated portfolio - Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship - while confirming him, as a Commissioner. This move is a result of controversial policies in Hungary with regard to civil society, media freedom and respect of Fundamental Rights and the rule of law. The inevitable reshuffle of the Commission provides for a next round of (...)
07/10/2014

Statement of Clarification in Responses to Questions Regarding the Pharmaceutical Industry


We would like to confirm in response to a number of questions received today that the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) is withdrawing its support for the proposed Health for Citizen’s Intergroup in the European Parliament. EPHA had been discussing support for an Intergroup as part of a coalition of non-governmental organisations and organisations representing economic operators, a new and exciting venture with the expectation of supporting the European Parliament in (...)
11/09/2014

Mr Juncker, Commission president-nominated, and his EPP priorities on health and social issues


7 July 2014 - After days of tough negotiations, the European Council of EU Heads of State and Government decided to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. As the initial block of countries who opposed Juncker was finally reduced to Hungary and most strongly, the UK, the fear that the next Commission President would not be the candidate for the most voted for political group in the last EU elections faded away. Even Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister, (...)
07/07/2014

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

Eye health and vision care should be public health priorities in Europe


The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) delegation travelled to Luxembourg on 1 April 2014 to meet with representatives of the European Union (EU)’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU. The delegation was an excellent opportunity to exchange views on the importance of eye health and vision as a public health priority and the visit aimed to reiterate ECV’s call to European decision-makers to include eye health and (...)
17/04/2014

[European elections] S&D Group stand on Health workforce


The S&D Group from the European Parliament launched this week a 10 point Plan called “Europe Back to work”. It consists on a series of measures that they want to implement in order to take Europe out of the crises and is being presented in the context of this May’s European Elections. As EPHA we have taken a closer look to what it says on health and social related issues that might be of interest for the Public Health Community. Health workforce and labour shortages (...)
05/04/2014

[Event report] Launch of the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) & its Manifesto for the European Elections


The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) held its launch event in the European Parliament on 4 February 2014, which marked the Coalition’s manifesto for the European Parliament elections. The manifesto presented in an event hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE) and co-hosted by MEP Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, IT) and MEP Catherine Stihler (S&D, UK) calls on the European Parliament to use its significant powers to improve the lives of people (...)
26/02/2014

Right2Water Citizens’ Initiative : A cross-party agreement on water as a human right


Three years after the Regulation establishing the European citizens’ initiative (ECI) , the "Right2water" initiative was presented on 17 February at a public hearing in the European Parliament. There was a cross-party agreement on the merits of such a positive active movement coming from citizens and so clearly expressing participatory democracy. It is now up to the Commission to come up with a concrete legislative proposal by 20 March 2014. After having received 1,680,172 valid (...)
25/02/2014

2014 EPHA Working Groups


EPHA Working Groups enable EPHA members to discuss regular public health-related issues of importance at an EU level. These Working Groups are composed of a mailing list and ’physical’ meetings. In 2014, EPHA Working Groups are: Alcohol Policy; Tobacco Policy. Trade & Investment Agreements (e.g. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - TTIP); Children’s Health; Health Professionals; Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); Pharmaceutical (...)
11/02/2014