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Brussels, 23 June 2015 - EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström held a European Trade Policy Day that brought together a broad spectrum of high-level speakers. Stakeholders from civil society, the European Parliament, trade unions, business and academia gathered to put forward their views and ideas on European trade policy. EPHA regrets the fact that the Commission did not pay attention to the public health impacts of trade and, in response, has formulated a list of key public health (...)
On 13 May 2015 the European Commission published the fifth edition of its country specific recommendations (CSRs), the centrepiece of the European Semester framework. The recommendations lay out the measures which the states should take in order to reach the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy and to maintain the broader stability and growth of the EU.
In line with the Commission’s revised approach to the Semester the number of health-related recommendations issued and the level of (...)
2nd June - Public Health NGOs have today resigned from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, following the announcement by Commissioner Andriukaitis that he has no plans to establish a new EU Alcohol Strategy . The Commissioner’s decision goes against demands from Member States and the European Parliament for a new comprehensive Strategy to tackle alcohol harm in Europe.
Membership of the Forum, which is chaired by DG Sante, includes drinks industry representatives and public health NGOs. (...)
Brussels, 1 June 2015 - On 13 May the European Commission issued the 2015 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) – the centrepiece of the European Semester process – and the first recommendations to be issued by the Juncker Commission (1). In line with the new Commission’s revision of the Semester process, the scope of the CSRs is substantially reduced, focusing on a number of specific issue areas where implementation can be concretely measures and is expected to (...)
On 26 February the European Commission published the 2015 Country Reports, which replace the previous staff working documents as the key supporting texts of the European Semester process. Nearly three months later on 13 May, the 2015 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) – the centrepiece of the Semester – were issued to 26 member states (all except Greece and Cyprus, which are subject to separate EU and IMF monitoring).
The contrast between the two sets of documents is (...)
On 13 May the European Commission published the 2015 country specific recommendations (CSRs), which form the centrepiece of the European Semester. In line with the Juncker Commission’s revised approach to the European Semester, the number of recommendations made is reduced to focus on key priority areas.
Upon taking office the new Commission initiated a reform of the European Semester process, which is now in its fifth cycle. The aim is to increase ownership of the Semester’s (...)
November 20014 - Despite the existence of various pro-public health guidelines, Mr. Juncker’s Commission Programme gives cause for concern.
The European Commission President Mr. Juncker and First Vice-President Mr. Timmermans outlined the draft list of key initiatives that constitute the Commission Work Programme (CWP), with an aim for it to be adopted in Strasbourg on December 16 after a discussion with the Members of the European Parliament. In a meantime, a number of political (...)
November 2014 - The new Commission under President Jean-Claude Juncker officially took office on 1st November. EPHA has closely monitored the evaluation process of the new College of Commissioners and collected the health relevant commitments the Commissioners for Health and Food Safety; Internal Market, Industry, Entrepeneurship and SMEs; and Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobilty.
Vytenis Andriukatis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (EPHA evaluation of his (...)
The EU’s new economic governance framework requires, under Regulation No. 473/2013, that the countries of the euro area submit their draft budgetary plans to the European Commission each year by 15 October. In this document, EPHA provides a first-look analysis of the draft budgetary reports submitted this year.
This is the first analysis of the draft budgetary plans that EPHA has undertaken. The draft budgetary monitoring procedure is a crucial element of the EU’s economic (...)
Last week a joint consultation response, written by EPHA, Friends of the Earth, the European Women’s Lobby, Culture Action Europe and the European Association for the Education of Adults, was submitted to the European Commission.
The civil society response to the Commission’s consultation highlights the importance of moving beyond GDP in measuring the effectiveness of the Europe 2020 Strategy. GDP, it states, ’leads to short-termism, over-consumption, impoverishment of (...)