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Specific food taxes do reduce consumption, new EU report reveals


In the framework of the activities of the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain, DG Enterprise and Industry commissioned a study on ’Food taxes and their impact on competitiveness in the agri-food sector’. The study concluded that "Non-harmonised taxes on high sugar, salt and fat products such as soft drinks, sweet and salty foodstuffs do induce a reduction in the consumption of the taxed products, but the exact impact on the competitiveness of the European (...)
08/08/2014

EPHA to advise DG Agriculture on public health related issues of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as part of new Civil Dialogue Groups system


The Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission announced its decision on the composition of civil dialogue groups, dealing with matters relevant to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EPHA was awarded membership in all advisory groups applied for, making it possible to voice its long-standing commitment to advancing a public health approach to European food production systems. Meetings will take place from September 2014. The (...)
08/08/2014

Council discusses merging of EU School Fruit and Milk Scheme and adopts conclusions on fruit and vegetables


On 17-18 June, the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the European Union (EU) discussed progress made on the proposals for regulations merging the aid scheme for the supply of fruit, vegetables and milk in educational settings. The Council also adopted its Conclusions on the fruit and vegetable sector since the 2007 reform. The Presidency presented its progress report on the Commission proposals for regulations merging the schemes for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk (...)
22/07/2014

EPHA signs up to joint-statement on Conflict of Interest - UN General Assembly review on non-communicable disease (NCDs) review


As UN General Assembly renewed commitments to tackle non-communicable disease (NCDs) at its meeting in New York on 10 and 11 July, more than 160 international non-profit public interest groups and experts (including EPHA) submitted a joint statement calling for public health legal safeguards. The statement related to commercial trade agreements safeguards and protections against conflicts of interest in the policy development and agenda-setting of government organisations, especially (...)
16/07/2014

EU Court of Auditors slams EU CAP wine promotion budget as waste of taxpayers money


1 July, 2014 - A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that the need for an investment and promotion measures specific to the wine sector is not justified. The sector already enjoys support from the rural development programme. From a public health perspective, taxpayers money channeled to production and promotion of alcohol is a clear clash with EU policies designed and implemented to reduce alcohol consumption in Europe and beyond. One of EPHA’s (...)
01/07/2014

[Joint open letter] EU Commission investigating UK voluntary front of pack nutrition labelling (‘traffic light’ scheme)


24 June 2014 - The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) – Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health for all – is writing to you in light of the current debate in the European Commission regarding the impact of the United Kingdom’s voluntary colour-coded nutrition labelling. Together with the Royal College of Physicians, European Institute of Women’s Health and the International Diabetes Federation Europe - we would like to express our strong support (...)
24/06/2014

The European Commission establishes expert group on cancer control


On 3rd June 2014, the European Commission adopted a decision which establishes an expert group on cancer control. Cancer is still the second most common cause of death in the Union: in 2008, 2.5 million people were diagnosed with cancer in the European Union (EU27). This expert group will execute several tasks in the field of cancer. Firstly, the expert group will assist with drawing up legal instruments, policy documents, guidelines and recommendations on cancer control. It will also help (...)
19/06/2014

NGOs call for a better and more balanced composition of new European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development


14 June 2014 - The environment, public health and farm animal welfare communities across Europe have sent a letter to the in-coming European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that its constituency properly reflects the needs and concerns of society as a whole, rather than primarily representing the sectoral interests of the farming community only. Composition of the EP Agriculture Committee Open letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPS) (...)
17/06/2014

[EPHA Report] The sixty-seventh World Health Assembly (WHA)


From 19 to 24 May 2014, the Sixty-seventh session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva. The WHA is the supreme decision-making body of World Health Organization (WHO). It determines the policies of the WHO, appoints its Director-General, supervises the organisation’s financial policies, and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget. The WHA is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the (...)
06/06/2014

[Conference] Building Healthy Global Food Systems - A New imperative for Public Health


The AIMS of this conference are to review the status of diet-related ill health, determine the impact that existing global food systems have on health, and then explore policies that could effectively promote health and well-being and support global food systems which are environmentally, culturally and socially sustainable. To achieve this, the OBJECTIVES of the conference are to: Characterise, discuss and agree what is meant by healthy diets and food systems; Identify the major (...)
05/06/2014