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This article gives a brief overview of health related developments, activities and events in the EU’s economic governance framework that have taken place over recent weeks.
Before the Christmas break, the EPSCO (Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumers) Council received a presentation of the Annual Growth Survey (AGS), the Joint Employment Report (JER) and the Alert Mechanism Report (AMR) from the Commission. The Council surmised that "the expected recovery is not taking off. (...)
On Friday 28 November 2014 the European Commission published the 2015 Annual Growth Survey (AGS), launching the next European Semester of economic policy coordination. This year’s AGS is published as part of the Commission’s Investment Plan to revive the recovery of European economies.
The 2015 AGS notes that ’Health systems need to be reformed to provide quality healthcare through efficient structures’ and highlights the need to monitor the social impacts of (...)
On Tuesday 25 November, the European Parliament adopted at its Strasbourg plenary sitting a resolution on the employment and social aspects of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
The resolution draws attention to the poor performance of the Strategy as regards its social and employment objectives and states that these have not been sufficiently reflected in the European Semester process.
In the Resolution the Parliament calls for the introduction of additional indicators on child poverty, access (...)
Last week a joint consultation response, written by EPHA, Friends of the Earth, the European Women’s Lobby, Culture Action Europe and the European Association for the Education of Adults, was submitted to the European Commission.
The civil society response to the Commission’s consultation highlights the importance of moving beyond GDP in measuring the effectiveness of the Europe 2020 Strategy. GDP, it states, ’leads to short-termism, over-consumption, impoverishment of (...)
EPHA welcomes the Commission’s revision of the guidelines on Impact Assessment (IA) and the opportunity to contribute to this process via consultation. EPHA is able to offer suggestions for improving the way health impacts of EU policy are evaluated, and we highlight the need for IA to take account of the impact of EU policy upon NGOs and other third sector bodies. EPHA does not claim to have expertise in the practices of IA methodology, but rather has experience in the growing use of (...)
Below you can find EPHA’s response to the public consultation on the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy. EPHA believes that the Europe 2020 Strategy should be revised in order to better serve the public health interests of Europeans. Current targets do not invest enough in sustainable development despite its potential to create economic surplus in addition to social benefits. EPHA advocates the addition of more health targets in the Europe 2020 Strategy as well as more (...)
October 2014 - Recent weeks have seen meetings of many of the European Parliament’s committees and several configurations of the Council of Ministers of the EU. In most of these meetings, economic governance issues - in particular the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester - have been high on the agenda, with a number of implications for health.
On Monday 13 October the Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) voted to adopt (...)
Eurochild, with the help of its member organisations and partners, carried out an analysis of the 2014 National Reform Programmes (NRPs) of EU Member States. Respondents from 17 EU Member States (MS) provided information about the extent to which child poverty and social exclusion are addressed in the 2014 NRPs and National Social Reports.
The analysis of the responses provides an EU-wide overview of the commitment to fight child poverty and social exclusion. Despite a slight increase in (...)
On 10 September 2014 President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced his nomination of Pierre Moscovici to the post of Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. Mr Moscovici is a former Minister of Finance and Economy, as well as of European Affairs, and has previously served as a Vice-President of the European Parliament. He ran President François Hollande’s campaign for office in 2012 and was an integral part of the Hollande (...)
Brussels, 4 September – Today EPHA’s Annual Conference entitled “Tectonic tensions – wealthy Europe’s fear of commitment” held the first of its two-day series of debates on the health priorities of the EU for the next five years. The outgoing Commissioner for Health, the former Lithuanian Health Minister and the Latvian Greek, and Portuguese Secretaries of State for Health, along with an audience of 200 people, engaged in a constructive debate just before (...)