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Striking the balance: Protecting Health, Protecting Investments

EPHA position on Investment Protection in TTIP and Trade Agreements Response to the European Commission proposal for an Investment Court System to replace Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Striking the balance: Protecting Health, Protecting Investments EPHA position on Investment Protection in TTIP and Trade Agreements Response to the European Commission proposal for an Investment Court System to replace Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) READ THE FULL PAPER HERE. (...)

New EU International Trade Strategy fails to guarantee health protection

The European Commission has published today its proposal for a new EU Strategy on Trade. The proposed new Strategy, which should set out the EU approach to new international trade deals, including with Asia, falls short of providing safeguards to ensure that European national health services will be protected from threats to public funding or that quality will not be put at risk. Public health campaigners including EPHA insist that trade agreements should not undermine either the quality (...)

[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 (...)

EPHA Contribution to the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) Handbook for Trade Agreements

EPHA has recently contributed to the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) handbook for trade agreements. This guides organisations through the process of assessments necessary for their final reports. EPHA feels that the qualitative and quantitative analysis set out in this guide should have a specific chapter on public health, in line with the requirements of EU law (Health should be included into all EU policies (TFEU article 168)). The European Commission has decided to update its (...)

Climate change set to undermine 50 years of gains in global health

"The implications of climate change for a global population of 9 billion people threaten to undermine the last half century of gains in development and global health." This alarming finding by The Lancet illustrates how profoundly climate change threatens human health and well-being. While this may be very unsettling, the upside is that many forms of behavioural change favour both public health and climate change prevention. A transition towards such patterns of behaviour creates vast (...)

FRESHER - Foresight and Modelling for European Health Policy and Regulation

On 1 January, the EU-funded research project FRESHER was launched, and the kick off meeting was held on 2 and 3 March. Representatives from all project partner organisations were present: Austrian Institute of Technology (AU), University of Aix-Marseille (FR), Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche médicale (FR), National Institute for Health and Welfare (FI), European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), Fourth View Consulting (EE), Istituto di Studi per L’Integrazione dei (...)
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WHO recommends cutting sugar intake to six teaspoons per day

Reducing sugars intake to less than 10% of total daily calories: a strong recommendation from WHO. The WHO has recommended to governments to take measures to reduce sugar intake to less than 10% of daily calories. The new sugar guideline points out that further reduction to 5% - which equates to around 25g or 6 teaspoons per day – would bring further benefits to health. There is increasing concern that consumption of free sugars, especially in the form of sugar-sweetened drinks, (...)

Food, farming and health NGOs demand publication of Communication on Sustainable Food

The European Public Health Alliance, together with Slow Food Europe, BirdLife Europe, Euro Coop, Friends of the Earth Europe and Eurogroup for Animals sent out a letter to President of the European Commission, and several Commissioners demanding the publication of a dropped communication on Sustainable Food. The initiative follows a similar message sent out by the EU Food Sense group earlier this year. The breadth of the coalition that has come together reflects the complexity of the food (...)

[EPHA Report] The effects of the crisis on mental health of children and young people

This new report from the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) highlights existing evidence on the detrimental effect of the ongoing economic crisis and austerity-driven measures on the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents in Europe. The report shows how political choices, made within a framework of fiscal consolidation, have had negative impacts on citizens’ mental health and well-being. In particular changes in employment status, household income and ability to (...)

[ECC Press statement] World COPD Day 2014: Why a disease that affects one in ten adults in Europe is still neglected?

Brussels, 19 November 2014 - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (1) affects up to 10% of European adults and is the fourth cause of death worldwide and is expected to be in third place by 2030 (2). As yet, few EU leaders or policy-makers are aware of this fact. Until this changes, little political action will be given to tackle one of the most acute public health issues in Europe. “As a first step to effectively address this public health threat, we should get much better (...)