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The Health dimension of European Disability Strategy 2010-2020: the ENVI committee makes proposals

The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has adopted a draft opinion to the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs regarding mobility and inclusion of people with disabilities and the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. Draft opinion on the Mobility and inclusion of people with disabilities and the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020: a renewed commitment to a barrier-free Europe This development comes as a follow-up to the (...)

How EU funds can contribute to Roma integration in Bulgaria? European Commission workshops

The European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion organises high level events in Bulgaria on how to use EU funds for the integration of Roma. On 21-22 June a national event is to take place in Sofia, and two regional events are planned for 23 June in Veliko Tarnovo and for 24 June in Burgas. Deadline to register: 1 June 2011 Aim of the events: raise awareness about the contribution of the EU funds, promotion of their use and impact on the integration of Roma community. (...)

EPHA Annual Conference: "Europe 2020 : Delivering a healthy and sustainable future for all?" 14 April 2011

The European Public Health Alliance organises its 2011 Annual Conference on the 14 April 2011 in Brussels - "Europe 2020 : Delivering a healthy and sustainable future for all ?" The Conference will discuss whether the EU leading strategy (Europe 2020) is set to achieve better health outcomes or if it threatens to increase health inequalities. The event gathers experts from across Europe to discuss the impact of specific EU 2020 policies on equality within our societies and the effects (...)

Meeting report: 2011 International Women’s Day on Ending violence against women and girls

This year’s International Women’s Day focused on the theme of violence against women and girls. On this occasion, UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women - invited the representatives of civil society - European Women’s Lobby - and the European Commission DG Justice, to hold a discussion on the issue of violence against women in the European context. The recent UN Campaign "Say NO - UNiTE against violence against women" set the (...)

European conference on Roma women in Budapest, 7 April 2011

The European Women’s Lobby and the Hungarian Women’s Lobby organise a European conference on Roma women in Central and Eastern Europe that will take place in Budapest on 7th April 2011. The objectives of the conference are: To highlight the need to have gender and the specific needs of Roma women at the heart of the implementation of the European Roma strategy that will be announced in June 2011; To expose the main issues affecting Roma women and girls in Central and (...)

How can Structural funds be used to promote health equity?

The joint WHO European Region/ European Commission Equity Project has just released a briefing to explore how EU Structural Funds can contribute to the reduction of health inequities in the European Union and the potential role of health systems and public health infrastructures. It describes the opportunities for health systems to influence the use of Structural Funds to reduce health inequities; identifies the challenges in using Structural Funds to reduce health inequities; and explores (...)

Council of Europe committee of experts in child-friendly health care meeting

24-25 February 2011, Strasbourg - EPHA participated with an observer status in a meeting of the Council of Europe’s committee of experts in child-friendly health care. The aim of the meeting was to discuss developments towards a ’Child-friendly health care’ model in the European context, and the recommendations for the ministerial conference on the issue of child-friendly health care taking place at the end of October 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal. The meeting was set up in (...)

Final recommendations of the European Consensus Conference on homelessness

Jointly with the Belgian Presidency, FEANTSA (an EPHA member) organised a European Consensus Conference on Homelessness to find common answers to a series of pre-determined questions. The report, recommendations and conclusions were just published. Final Consensus Conference Jury Recommendations on Homelessness Consensus conferences are a specific policy tool aimed at facilitating progress on issues where a lack of shared understandings blocks policy progress. A jury of experts was (...)

2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion closing conference.

The 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion was officially closed with a conference that took place on 17 December 2010 in Brussels. On the same day, the European Commission published its Communication on the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion to be one of the flagship initiatives towards Europe 2020. The conference aimed at presenting best practices from national level on actions dedicated to combating poverty and social exclusion which were (...)

2010 Citizens’ Agora on Crisis and Poverty.

The Citizens’ Agora represents a direct link between the European Parliament and European citizens. It offers an opportunity for mutual dialogue between those who make politics and policies and those whom those policies affect directly - citizens. This Agora’s theme was a crucial link between the current financial and economic crisis and different forms of poverty and social exclusion. The event was hosted by the European Parliament on 27 and 28 January. EPHA participated in (...)