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Wall Free Europe - Breaking down barriers for Roma


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 (...)
24/11/2014

[Updated briefing notes] The impact of the economic crisis on public health


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 (...)
21/11/2014

New European Parliament and Gender Equality post-2015: taking stock of progress made, where’s health?


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 (...)
23/10/2014

Roma Public Health emergency - alarming European Commission data on Roma health


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 (...)
23/10/2014

**UPDATE** Economic governance issues top agendas in a week of committee meetings


October 2014 - Last 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 (...)
17/10/2014

EU-wide commitments to fight child poverty and social exclusion


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 (...)
13/10/2014

[Letter] To MEPs on #Pharma4Health campaign


8th October 2014, Brussels - With regard to the planned transfer of the competence for medicinal products and health technologies from the health portfolio to the enterprise one (#Pharma4Health campaign), we would like to inform you that the Conference of the Presidents of the European Parliament (composed of the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz and the leaders of the political groups) will meet tomorrow on 9th October (Thursday). Dear EPHA Members, We would like to (...)
08/10/2014

[Press release] EPHA urges European Parliament to reject moving EU pharma policy to enterprise portfolio


September 29 2014, Brussels - When questioning the EU Commissioners-designate this week, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) should reject the decision by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President-elect, to move pharmaceutical policy from the health to the enterprise portfolio (1). The main driver of EU policies concerning pharmaceuticals and health technologies should be promoting and protecting health and patient safety, not simply boosting the competitiveness of the (...)
29/09/2014

Marianne Thyssen » European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility


For the crucial Commissioner portfolio comprising Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has nominated Marianne Thyssen from Belgium. As part of her designated responsibilities, Ms Thyssen’s responsibilities will include issues related to the free movement of workers and migration, skills development and promotion of lifelong learning, to ensure that European labour markets are able to deliver jobs and growth. By Sascha Marschang, (...)
28/09/2014

[Press release] 2nd European Citizens Summit legitimises an alternative Europe


24 September 2014, Brussels – The European Union (EU) should leave behind its economic growth obsession and focus instead on more transparent and sustainable policies, according to hundreds of people gathered at the flagship European Citizens summit event (1) in Brussels. The event comes as new European Commissioner candidates are set to be questioned by MEPs next week. A recurring question surrounding the Parliament elections in May was whether and how the EU will be able to regain (...)
24/09/2014