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[EPHA Briefing] Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and Equal Treatment Legislation in Europe


The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) hosts the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting on 10-11 April in Vienna. EPHA, as FRP member organisation, stresses the importance of civil society involvement in Fundamental Rights discussions and takes this opportunity to publish its Briefing on Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and equal treatment legislation in Europe since the Right to Health is Fundamental. The briefing explores the different human rights instruments (1), examines human (...)
10/04/2014

What the Europe 2020 review means for health


With the EU Institutions producing a tremendous amount of reading material every week, it is sometimes hard to discern which direction we should be pointing our limited resources and time. This is even more the case for many of us who are not based in Brussels and might not be familiar with the rather technical and suspiciously similar-sounding jargon emanating from the heart of Europe. This is why we have considered writing this article on the Europe 2020 Strategy Review that came out at (...)
17/03/2014

EU Alliance for Investing in Children writes to the EPSCO Council - No Inclusive Growth with Increasing Child Poverty


There are 26,5 million children across the European Union at risk of poverty or social exclusion - half a million more than a year ago - and the economic, financial and social crisis is only putting even more children at risk. On the occasion of the EPSCO Council Meeting on 10 March, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children emphasises that tackling and preventing child poverty and social exclusion are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets. There is no inclusive growth without (...)
09/03/2014

EU Parliament inquiry on the Troika - implications of policy change in member states’ welfare


On 7 January the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament started a hearing regarding the consequences of Troika policies on the Member States affected by the bailout (Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus). This Committee has drafted a report that voices concerns about the negative social implications on the populations of these countries, especially the most vulnerable. Social benefits, wages and health expenditure among other things have been drastically (...)
21/01/2014

[EPHA explainer] Enforcement of the European Social Charter (ESC): The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) and the collective complaints procedure


Within the Framework of the Council of Europe, a regional international institution entitled to monitor the respect of basic Human Rights, the European Social Charter sets out social rights and freedoms and establishes a supervisory mechanism guaranteeing their respect by the States Parties. This mechanism, intended to ensure respect of social rights, has two basic elements: the European Committee of Social Rights (a quasi international Court) and the collective complaints procedure. (...)
20/01/2014

Civil Society calls for a true Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union


Ahead of the vote on 21 November, a coalition of civil society organisations writes to MEPs to ask for an ambitious Social Dimension of the EMU. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes the Communication on the Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) released on 2 October - a potential watershed moment in economic governance and in better screening the social determinants of health. If implemented properly, this would empower citizens to measure the impact of (...)
20/11/2013

[Press Release] The Annual Growth Survey: rebalancing fiscal consolidation with social justice to achieve sustainable health and social protection systems.


Brussels, 13 November – The 4th Annual Growth Survey (AGS), setting out what the European Commission believes must be the EU’s priorities for the coming 12 months in terms of economic, budgetary policies and reforms to boost growth and employment, was released on November 13.(1) The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes recognition of: the need to tackle the social consequences of the crisis; ensuring the financial sustainability of social protection and healthcare (...)
13/11/2013

[EPHA Open Letter] WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary & Criminalisation of Homelessness in Hungary


Congratulations for the WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary and serious public health concerns about the Hungarian legislation regarding penalising street homelessness [English version] - Open letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor ORBÁN [Hungarian version] - Nyílt level ORBÁN Viktor, Magyarország Miniszterelnöke számára Dear Prime Minister, Firstly, I am writing to you to congratulate you for receiving the World No Tobacco Day 2013 award from the UN World Health (...)
12/11/2013

[Eurochild analysis] The 2013 National Reform Programmes: CHILDREN left behind


According to their analysis of the 2013 National Reform Programmes (NRPs), Eurochild concludes that EU Member States have failed to prioritise child poverty and well-being in their NRPs and have not put children at the heart of policy reforms. Based on the 2013 NRPs, the European Commission produced, earlier this year, the 2013 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) of which some touch upon the child and the Roma populations, as analysed by EPHA. The Europe 2020 strategy aims to boost (...)
12/09/2013

[Report] 8th European Platform for Roma Inclusion


On 27 June, several EPHA members attended the 8th European Platform for Roma Inclusion. EPHA has actively engaged itself in the Roma integration strategy, bringing the public health community’s voice in the discussions around fundamental rights for Roma communities. 8 July 2013 - The gathering’s discussion was driven by the Commission’s publication of both its progress report about the national Roma strategies, and its Proposal for a Council recommendation on effective (...)
08/07/2013