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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. Participation from abroad will be facilitated through a teleconferencing system to allow members that would like to be more active but cannot travel to Brussels to join in the Working Groups. Please let the corresponding Working Group (WG) organiser know to which group you want to be (...)
11/02/2014

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


4 February 2014, 10.00 – 12.00 | Venue: The European Parliament – Strasbourg (Atrium “Swan bar” area, grand floor, Winston Churchill (WIC) building). The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) invites you to the Launch of the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) & the ECV Elections Manifesto SAVE THE DATE Event hosted by MEP Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE) ************************************************************** The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) Manifesto (...)
20/01/2014

[EPHA Professional Development Programme 2013] EU health advocacy training


EPHA Professional Development Programme 2013: Join an EU health advocacy training on’ Campaigning for the European elections 2014 and the 2014-2019 new Commission.’ On December 4-5-6 EPHA launches its 6th Professional Development Programme (PDP) which aims to train those new to the ’EU bubble’ to get an introduction to the European Union and more particularly to European health advocacy. This year we plan to support participants in campaigning for the European (...)
30/10/2013

Final countdown - public health community calls on European Parliament to vote for a strong Tobacco Products Directive


The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is not only one of the last major pieces of EU regulation that will be adopted before next year’s elections to the European Parliament (EP). It is also one of the last opportunities to make a meaningful difference not only in the health and well-being of people living in Europe now but also of that of generations to come. Smoking has devastating consequences; from outright death to chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory diseases like (...)
04/10/2013