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Agriculture Council debates a new European food model

During the last AGRIFISH Council of 28-29 November, the Austrian delegation supported by Latvia presented a document proposing a New European Food Model. The proposal supports a holistic approach for the food chain centred around the principle of sustainability and takes into account "food security and safety, quality, regionality, diversity, value and appreciation of food". The document presented by the Austrian delegation to the AGRIFISH Council is a result of a joint workshop organised (...)

Council of the EU discusses Serious Cross-Border Threats to Health

The Council of the EU configuration for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumers (EPSCO) met on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December 2012. During its deliberations, it discussed the European Commission’s proposal for a Decision on serious cross-border threats to health, which is currently awaiting adoption by the full plenary of the European Parliament. The Commission proposal seeks to extend the mandate of the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) to cover all serious (...)

EPHAC Open Letter to the AGRI Council - recognise a public health dimension of agriculture and rural development.

As the Agriculture Council gathers in Brussels on 28-29 November 2012 to debate the Common Agriculture Policy legislative proposals, the European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium (EPHAC) - of which EPHA is a member - sent a message to the Ministers to urge them to recognise a public health dimension of European food, farming and rural development policy. Brussels, 27 November 2012 Dear Ministers, On November 28 and 29 2012 at the AGRI Council meeting in Brussels, you will be (...)

Civil Society Contact Group writes to EU Council for an EU Budget that meets peoples’ needs and EU responsabilities

The extraordinary November Summit will focus solely on the EU Budget. Heads of State will defend the budget lines that their countries receive funds from. In this context, members of the Civil Society Contact Group call for a re-prioritisation of EU funds to where they have the biggest impact on the environment, extreme poverty, and people living in Europe. The 22-23 November European Council is a crucial summit for ensuring that the next MFF delivers adequate financing for sustainable (...)

The fine art of lobbying - Lobbying the EU in Times of Crisis

EPHA attended the 13 November 2012 meeting on ’EU-Lobbying in Zeiten der Krisen’ organised by the permanent representation of Lower Saxony to the EU.


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Open letter : Cohesion policy – Play the card of partnership

EPHA has joined a coalition of civil society organisations to campaign for strengthening of the partnership principle in EU Cohesion Policy. In the corresponding letter, the signing organisations argue that full partnership with civil society is necessary to achieve the cohesion element in policy objectives. The letter also stresses the need to enhance governance structures. The letter argues that the Article 5 in the proposed new general regulation for cohesion policy improves former (...)

EPSCO Council adopts conclusions on Child Poverty

At its 3188th Council meeting on 4 October 2012, EU Ministers of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) adopted the Council conclusions on Tackling and Preventing Child Poverty, promoting Children’s well-being. Very little different from the draft conclusions and incorporating key messages of the Social Protection Committee, the text calls on the Member States to maintain existing political momentum to address child poverty and social exclusion across relevant (...)

EPHA writes Open Letter to EPSCO Council to strengthen children’s health dimension of the draft Council conclusions on Child Poverty

In the run to the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council of 4 October 2012, EPHA has sent an Open Letter to the Health and Social Affairs Ministers of the EU Member States to urge them to strengthen the children’s health dimension of the draft Council conclusions "Preventing and Tackling Child Poverty and Social Exclusion, Promoting Children’s Well-being". EPHA Open Letter "Preventing and Tackling Child Poverty and Social Exclusion, Promoting (...)

Draft Council conclusions on Child Poverty

In the run up to the forthcoming Commission Recommendation on Child Poverty and Well-being, and following the Social Protection Committee’s report on the issue, the current Presidency of the Council of the European Union prepared a set of draft Council Conclusions on the subject of "Preventing and tackling child poverty and social exclusion and promoting children’s well-being". This article outlines some of the key messages of the proposed text. Draft Council Conclusions (...)