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Nutrition in European Parliament’s Motion for Resolution on Gastronomic Heritage


This newly adopted motion for a resolution drafted by Santiago Fisas Ayxela MEP (EPP, ES) from the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Culture and Education calls for improved food literacy among the European population through full realisation of cultural and educational aspects of the European gastronomic heritage. The report makes strong links between food and nutrition, education and health-related issues, notably poor-diet related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). However, it also (...)
22/04/2014

Eye health and vision care should be public health priorities in Europe


The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) delegation travelled to Luxembourg on 1 April 2014 to meet with representatives of the European Union (EU)’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU. The delegation was an excellent opportunity to exchange views on the importance of eye health and vision as a public health priority and the visit aimed to reiterate ECV’s call to European decision-makers to include eye health and (...)
17/04/2014

The European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND)


Almost one century after the discovery of insulin therapy , people who suffer from diabetes still continue facing physical and psychological pain. Last January, the European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND) released a practical guide which calls upon governments across Europe to take political commitments to start making concrete changes to diabetes policies. Background The European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND) was created in November 2011 and gathers European and (...)
15/04/2014

EPHA comments on WHO draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children


At the end of March 2014, EPHA commented on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children. Recently put forward for public consideration, the new proposals aim to lower daily sugar intake for the general global population from 10 to 5% of total calorie intake. Consumption of free sugars (particularly in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages) may result in both reduced intake of foods containing nutritionally adequate calories (such as (...)
07/04/2014

EPHA submits comments to draft political declaration in the run-up to FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition


In the run up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November 2014, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization opened a public consultation with interested stakeholders on its zero draft political declaration (otherwise known as the Rome Accord), to gather comments on its vision for health and nutrition, a sensitive global food and farming system. EPHA submitted its comments to the document. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United (...)
24/03/2014

[Press Release - European Coalition for Vision (ECV)] Time to put an end to the neglect experienced by eye health in Europe


Luxembourg, 1st April 2014 - The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) (1) met today with the European Union (EU)’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU, to reiterate its call to European decision-makers to include eye health and vision in the European political agenda. Earlier this year, in an event supported by several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) (2), the ECV launched its Manifesto for the European (...)
22/03/2014

[EPHA Guide] The EU and Health


14 October, 2013 - The EPHA Secretariat, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, LAUNCHED TODAY a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU’s competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. This guide could be used as a one-stop resource manual on how the EU deals with public health in Europe. A gateway to help you to better make sense of the EU’s (...)
14/03/2014

The Council approves EU tobacco legislation fitted to the twenty-first century


Brussels, 14 March 2014 — Today the Council endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the European Parliament last December. After more than three years of delays and policy making, today’s decision delivers to people living in Europe a tobacco regulation better able to protect us from misleading marketing. The new TPD does not set global standards on public health protection - see the example of Uruguay and Australia. Yet, this new legislation updates (...)
14/03/2014

EU Council of Ministers adopts a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived


The European Union’s Council of Ministers adopted the Regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The Fund will give Member States €3.5 billion worth of support over 2014-2020 in their efforts to help Europe’s most vulnerable people and in particular those who have been worst affected by the on-going economic and social crisis. A successor to the Food for the Most Deprived scheme, the new fund aims to deliver beyond immediate food assistance (...)
12/03/2014

Cancer registries: a model to be replicated or used for other chronic diseases?


The European Parliament organised a workshop ’Towards a European Cancer Information System’ on 12 February 2014 which looked at the state of play of cancer registries in Europe. EPHA took part in the debate and put forward a question on the potential use of cancer registries for other chronic diseases. A disease registry is a computer application ‘‘used to capture, manage, and provide information on specific conditions to support the organised care management of (...)
04/03/2014