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According to the EU founding treaty, ensuring human health and promoting solidarity towards equitable and universal coverage of quality health services should be part of all EU policies. That health should be a priority for EU policies is also confirmed by the Europe 2020 Strategy, which states that a healthy population is essential for achieving growth for all in a smart, sustainable and inclusive EU economy. But what are the challenges of making health a priority at national level in the (...)
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the number one cause of death for women in the world and often has a notable effect on an individual’s life. Previous studies suggest that biological and physiological changes during pregnancy may affect the risk of cardiovascular disease, including CHD. These links were further explored by a recent study which was conducted by our Roma health fellow, Diana Pirjol, as part of her research. The study suggests that women with large families are (...)
With the support of the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations, EPHA runs a one-year fellowship programme (2015-2016) to train and mentor two Roma health EU advocates. The overarching goal of the programme is to empower Roma Health Advocates to develop the necessary tools to engage with European policy makers. The tailored assistance includes mentoring and training components on the key EU health processes. The fellowship also facilitates establishing partnerships and (...)
On 5 November 2014, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a public hearing took place on "Wall Free Europe" organised by ERGO Network for European Roma. The wall’s collapse marked the start of a new enlarged Europe based on fundamental values of democracy, human rights and social inclusion.
On the occasion of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the hearing intended to draw public attention to today’s barriers, both physical and (...)
October 2014 - In 2012, EPHA published its first ‘facts and figures’ briefing on the impacts of the economic crisis on health. Two years later, the revised and updates briefing finds that the impacts of austerity politics and economic recession continue to threaten the health and wellbeing of Europeans.
Trends in increased suicide rates, unemployment, social exclusion and unmet health needs prevail, most acutely in the newer member states and in those receiving financial (...)
The European Parliament Committee on Gender Equality (FEMM Committee) has started making post-2015 plans for a new gender equality strategy. Debating a report written by MEP Maria Noichl, S&D, DE on how to improve equality after 2015, the new strategy comes in light of an upcoming report on progress made since 2013 being compiled by MEP Marc Tarabella (S&D, BE).
On 13 October 2014, EP FEMM Committee discussed the progress made in 2013 with experts, which will be fed into an (...)
Health Commissioner Tonio Borg announced at the EPHA Annual Conference on 4 September 2014, that the European Commission has issued a report on the health status of the Roma population in Europe. The report concludes that Roma in Europe suffer a greater exposure to wider risks of ill health, have poorer access to preventive and healthcare services and suffer poorer health outcomes than the general population. The report also highlights that as a result of cutbacks linked to the economic (...)
October 2014 - Recent 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 (...)
Eurochild, with the help of its member organisations and partners, carried out an analysis of the 2014 National Reform Programmes (NRPs) of EU Member States. Respondents from 17 EU Member States (MS) provided information about the extent to which child poverty and social exclusion are addressed in the 2014 NRPs and National Social Reports.
The analysis of the responses provides an EU-wide overview of the commitment to fight child poverty and social exclusion. Despite a slight increase in (...)
October 8 2014, Brussels - On 10th of September, the European Commission President-elected Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the transfer of the competence for medicinal products and health technologies from the health portfolio to the enterprise one (now called Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs).
Dear Member of European Parliament,
The shift of EU pharmaceutical policy will put Europe’s security at risk and is in contradiction with how pharmaceutical policy is (...)