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15 July 2014 –The European Parliament has confirmed Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. EPHA would like to congratulate Mr Juncker for the confirmation and urges him to commit his 2014-2019 mandate to the health and well-being of people living in Europe.
“Health is one of the main concerns of people living in Europe. Bringing the activities of the European Union in line with people’s priorities is essential to creating a union that serves (...)
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, (...)
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 (...)
On 3rd June 2014, the European Commission adopted a decision which establishes an expert group on cancer control. Cancer is still the second most common cause of death in the Union: in 2008, 2.5 million people were diagnosed with cancer in the European Union (EU27).
This expert group will execute several tasks in the field of cancer. Firstly, the expert group will assist with drawing up legal instruments, policy documents, guidelines and recommendations on cancer control. It will also help (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
Last week, more than 150 NGOs from the US and EU sent a letter to Commissioner De Gucht and US Ambassador Michael Froman explaining their deep concerns about proposals for "regulatory cooperation". A similar letter was sent on 19 May 2014 by a group of Brussels based NGOs have petitoning Commissioner De Gucht for full transparency on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.
The letter raises EU’s civil society deep concerns about the lack of (...)
On 12 May 2014 several NGOs from both sides of the Atlantic sent a letter to the EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and the US Ambassador Michael Froman spelling out their concerns on proposals for "regulatory cooperation" between the United States and European Union under the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
It is remarkable that EU and US negotiators have turned a technical issue into the trending topic of the year. The clear lack of transparency that (...)
On 14 May 2014 the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, opened an investigation on her own initiative into the composition and transparency of the Commission’s expert groups. In EPHA we welcome this as it echoes a historical demand from civil society groups: that in key Commission-led legislative procedures NGOs concerns are equally heard vis-à-vis the ones of corporate stakeholders.
With EU citizen’s trust towards the EU at minimum levels, the Commission should take into (...)
On 27 March, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation on the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter within the context of the Transatlantic (ie EU-US) Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Weeks earlier, the EU Trade Commissioner put a halt to negotiations over the ISDS due to mounting criticism from civil society groups and the European Parliament (EP).
07 April 2014 - This consultation has been presented by the EC as a solution to increase transparency (...)