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[EPHA comments] First EU Summit on Chronic Diseases


The first EU Summit on Chronic Diseases took place in Brussels between 3 and 4 April. Peggy Maguire, EPHA President, delivered a keynote speech, which we summarise here. Among other key topics, the first EU summit on chronic diseases discussed the medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health; ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases; and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases. One in four people suffer from obesity in Europe, (...)
04/04/2014

European Commission launches new action plan to fight HIV/AIDS


On March 14, the European Commission (EC) presented the new Action Plan (AP) on HIV/AIDS in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016, which builds on the achievements of the previous Action Plan 2009-2013. The EC highlights the importance of keeping HIV/AIDS high on the political agenda and focusing on HIV prevention and awareness-raising to tackle risk behaviour, as well as early and affordable treatment and care. At EPHA we consider that the inclusion of affordable treatment in the (...)
31/03/2014

Public health community encourages European Commission to "revive" scientific group of Alcohol Forum


On March 20, EPHA along with UEG, EASL, Eurocare and the Royal College of Physicians wrote an open letter welcoming the initiative by the European Commission to reframe and potentially expand the competences of the EU Alcohol Health Forum (EAHF). The Forum, which aims at providing scientific advice and guidance on matters under alcohol research, has been inactive for about two years. However, we believe that the EAHF can play an important role in breaking through the status quo by (...)
28/03/2014

EPHA’s Election Manifesto


The last five years have been difficult for many people living in Europe. Unemployment, cuts to social support, lack of access to finance and the impacts of austerity have taken their toll on people, their health and their faith in the political processes and even democracy. In its Manifesto for the European Parliament elections, the European Public Health Alliance calls on political parties and individual Members of the European Parliament (MEP) candidates to ensure that health and (...)
19/03/2014

[Joint press release] Ball is in Council’s court to end health discrimination


Brussels, 18 March 2014 – The multiple forms of health and other discrimination faced by patients with chronic diseases and vulnerable groups, as well as the political commitment needed to combat this, were the focus of ‘Health in Europe, making it fairer’ (1) – a landmark conference organised today by the European Union’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) in Brussels. The patient and public health community congratulates Health (...)
18/03/2014

What the Europe 2020 review means for health


With the EU Institutions producing a tremendous amount of reading material every week, it is sometimes hard to discern which direction we should be pointing our limited resources and time. This is even more the case for many of us who are not based in Brussels and might not be familiar with the rather technical and suspiciously similar-sounding jargon emanating from the heart of Europe. This is why we have considered writing this article on the Europe 2020 Strategy Review that came out at (...)
17/03/2014

Election Manifestos of EU political groups - what they mean for public health


With the Elections for the European Parliament around the corner, most of the political groups of the European Parliament have already nominated their Commissioner Candidates and launched their manifestos (see EPHA’s manifesto). We have taken this opportunity to analyse the groups’ views on health-related issues. Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (PES) The PES group aims to “build a Europe that leaves no one behind (...)
14/03/2014

[Press release] EPHA on the EU Parliament’s plea to the Troika to improve accountability of economic governance


Brussels, 13 March 2014 – Today the European Parliament adopted two milestone reports (1) which enquired into the workings of the Troika (2) and called for an end to it. These reports note that the economic reforms put forward by the Troika, compromise transparency and accountability, impacted health system organisation and failed to rectify recommendations when flawed growth forecasts and fiscal assumptions were made. “For way too long it has not been clear who bears (...)
13/03/2014

[Save the date] EPHA 5th Annual Conference 4-5 September 2014, Brussels


Organised to coincide with the start of business of the new Parliamentary legislature and the review of the EU’s long-term objectives, EPHA’s annual conference will gather together high level speakers and thought leaders from international organisations, EU institutions, civil society, and other stakeholder groups, to engage in a constructive debate on the priorities of the EU for the next five years. EPHA 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 4-5 SEPTEMBER 2014, BRUSSELS “Tectonic (...)
11/03/2014

[Press release] EPHA’s Election Manifesto calls for Europe 2020 to deliver inclusive growth


Brussels, 5 March 2014 – Today, the European Commission released its Communication on the Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy (1) in what de facto launches the debate on the priorities for the European Union 2015-2020. Coinciding with this release, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) launched today its manifesto to the European Parliament Elections (2). In its manifesto, EPHA urges Members of the European Parliament (MEP) candidates to put health at the heart of the European (...)
05/03/2014