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European Parliament adopts resolution on social aspects of Europe 2020 Strategy


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 (...)
26/11/2014

EPHA calls on national governments to support healthy nutrition while developing national operational programmes of the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived


September 2014 - European Public Health Alliance, Europe’s largest network of public health organisations and NGOs advocating for better health for all and reducing health inequalities, has launched its call on governments of all 28 EU Member States to support healthy nutrition while developing their national operational programmes for the new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived, formerly "Free Food for Europe’s Poor". As the responsibility for the programme oscillates (...)
04/11/2014

EU-wide commitments to fight child poverty and social exclusion


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 (...)
13/10/2014

EU Alliance for Investing in Children writes to the EPSCO Council - No Inclusive Growth with Increasing Child Poverty


There are 26,5 million children across the European Union at risk of poverty or social exclusion - half a million more than a year ago - and the economic, financial and social crisis is only putting even more children at risk. On the occasion of the EPSCO Council Meeting on 10 March, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children emphasises that tackling and preventing child poverty and social exclusion are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets. There is no inclusive growth without (...)
09/03/2014

[EPHA explainer] Enforcement of the European Social Charter (ESC): The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) and the collective complaints procedure


Within the Framework of the Council of Europe, a regional international institution entitled to monitor the respect of basic Human Rights, the European Social Charter sets out social rights and freedoms and establishes a supervisory mechanism guaranteeing their respect by the States Parties. This mechanism, intended to ensure respect of social rights, has two basic elements: the European Committee of Social Rights (a quasi international Court) and the collective complaints procedure. (...)
20/01/2014

[Press Release] The Annual Growth Survey: rebalancing fiscal consolidation with social justice to achieve sustainable health and social protection systems.


Brussels, 13 November – The 4th Annual Growth Survey (AGS), setting out what the European Commission believes must be the EU’s priorities for the coming 12 months in terms of economic, budgetary policies and reforms to boost growth and employment, was released on November 13.(1) The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes recognition of: the need to tackle the social consequences of the crisis; ensuring the financial sustainability of social protection and healthcare (...)
13/11/2013

[OECD report launch] How’s Life in 2013?: Human cost of crisis calls for investment in well-being


Stemming from the Better Life Initiative, a newly-launched OECD report How’s Life? shows the economic crisis’ impact on people’s well-being, affecting not only their jobs and incomes but also, more importantly, their life satisfaction, housing conditions, trust in governments and working environments. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s report finds that these indicators declined the most in countries most affected by the crisis, and (...)
05/11/2013

[Joint press release] Civil society urges decision-makers to step up action to tackle health inequalities


17 September, 2013 (Brussels) – On the occasion of two major recent reports reviewing trends and progress on health inequalities in Europe -by the European Commission (1) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe (2)-, EPHA and its partners (3) call - yet again - for urgent and concerted action among all relevant actors to close the huge, persistent and growing health divide between the richest and the poorest in our societies. Despite this issue being high on political agendas for the (...)
17/09/2013

The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA)


‘The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) is an open network of European and national civil society organisations willing to promote active citizenship as a core element of the European democracy in the context of the European Year of Citizens 2013.’ The EYCA On 11 August 2011, the European Commission proposed to designate 2013 as the “European Year of Citizens” to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union Citizenship under the (...)
14/06/2013

[EPHA Call to Action] Health in the reform of economic governance


EPHA has launched a call for action for health, civil society and the reform of EU economic governance. Since the financial crisis began in 2007, the EU has introduced numerous new mechanisms, such as tighter coordination of economic and fiscal policies, to alleviate the current symptoms and prevent their recurrence. Several of those measures have impacts on health systems and consequently on health. The EU nowadays has stronger influence and control over national health systems than it (...)
15/04/2013