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Brussels, 17 March 2015 – EU leaders must show commitment to Roma integration by reaching agreement on the long awaited Anti-Discrimination Directive (1) to tackle the factors that trap the Roma population in a vicious circle of ill-health. This is the key message that a coalition of four organisations (2) sent to Commissioner Vĕra Jourová (3), responsible both for Roma integration and anti-discrimination policies, as key Roma actors gather in Brussels (4) to discuss the (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
On 5 April 2011, the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, calling on Member States to prepare or revise National Roma Integration Strategies to more effectively address the challenges of Roma inclusion. In April 2014, the Commission presented its third assessment. EPHA provides a preliminary analysis of these recommendations, where they relate to Roma health, for each of the 28 EU Member States, ahead of discussions at the 2014 (...)
EPHA participated in a country visit to Romania, as part of a ’Together for better health, for us, by us’ delegation to discuss with key Romanian stakeholders (including civil society representatives) burning questions on Roma integration. A field visit to the Romanian villages ’Araci/Árapatak’ and ’Hetea/Hete’ reinforced evidence that the Roma population is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum. Roma in Romania and Europe suffer worse (...)
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) dedicated its 12 May public hearing to the issue of Roma Health and discrimination, to which EPHA, other civil society organisations and European institutions were invited . By presenting the evidence-based EPHA Position on Roma Health, EPHA highlighted the key role Roma Health Mediators (RHM) could play to promote meaningful Roma integration.
Background information - ongoing EESC dialogue with the European civil society
The Employment, (...)
On 10 and 11 April, EPHA attended the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting, representing the European public health community. This year, the main theme was “Future fundamental rights priorities in the area of freedom, security and justice – The contribution of civil society”. The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) Director Morten Kjaerum suggested that the FRA should enlarge the dialogue beyond the FRP and hold a full week of human rights dialogue in Vienna in 2015. (...)
26 April, 2014 - The first reports of the eHealth Stakeholder Group, a European Commission advisory body led by DG CONNECT, were released in April. There are four major areas in which the EHSG made specific recommendations for action, including patient access to electronic health records (EHRs), wider deployment of telemedicine services, and increasing interoperability between eHealth solutions and healthcare systems. As an issue leader on health inequalities and e-Health, EPHA led a (...)
children and adolescents
Ageing and Older People
Health Rights and Patients
rights of people with disabilities
Between 9-12 April 2014, the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) organised its 5th European Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Granada (Spain) thanks to the Andalusian School of Public Health. The conference was specifically focused on the implications of the current systemic crisis in Europe on health and healthcare for this population group. Aimed to encourage policy change, the conference concluded with a Declaration calling on European governments to protect the (...)
The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) hosts the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting on 10-11 April in Vienna. EPHA, as FRP member organisation, stresses the importance of civil society involvement in Fundamental Rights discussions and takes this opportunity to publish its Briefing on Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and equal treatment legislation in Europe since the Right to Health is Fundamental. The briefing explores the different human rights instruments (1), examines human (...)