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[EPHA event] The case of connecting Roma people living in secluded communities to basic healthcare

The 2015 EPHA conference explored how the concept of ’Health in All Policies’ has evolved into a broader approach to better governance for health. Health in all Policies has a vital importance in the case of Roma Integration. Housing, Education, Access to Healthcare, Employment and Discrimination are core elements influencing overall Roma population health. The conference sought to draw lessons from previous health policy-making and identify challenges and opportunities for (...)

[Joint press release] Europe must tackle anti-Gypsyism by moving forward with the Anti-discrimination Directive

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 (...)

[Updated briefing notes] The impact of the economic crisis on public health

October 2014 - In 2012, EPHA published its first ‘facts and figures’ briefing on the impacts of the economic crisis on health. Two years later, the revised and updates briefing finds that the impacts of austerity politics and economic recession continue to threaten the health and wellbeing of Europeans. Trends in increased suicide rates, unemployment, social exclusion and unmet health needs prevail, most acutely in the newer member states and in those receiving financial (...)

Pierre Moscovici » Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs

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 (...)

Vĕra Jourová » European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

After putting pressure on Member States, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has secured the nomination of nine women, including Vĕra Jourová, the first female Commissioner-designate from the Czech Republic. Although it is satisfying that the European Parliament has at least achieved a minimum gender balance, it is not a promising sign for the gender equality portfolio that only one third of female Commissioners are women. Her Directorate will also lead on consumer and justice affairs, (...)

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2014 National Roma Integration Strategies

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 (...)

[Media advisory] EPHA 5th Annual Conference (4-5 September)

Brussels, 27 August – Coinciding with the start of business of the new European Parliament and Commission as well as the review of the EU’s long-term objectives (Europe 2020), EPHA’s 2014 annual conference aims to contribute to the European health agenda. The conference will gather high level speakers such as the European Health Commissioner, MEPs and former Ministers of Health to engage in a constructive debate on the priorities of the EU for the next five years. (...)

[EPHA visit to Romania] Pressing need to take Roma integration seriously

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 Commission releases country-specific recommendations for 2014

On 2 June, the Commission released the 2014 Country Specific Recommendations for 26 out of the 28 EU Member States. According to the European Commission growth has returned to the European Union (EU); public finances and macroeconomic imbalances continue to improve; and there is a modest rise in employment rates. The Commission proposes to continue to adopt structural reforms to keep the growth momentum - a strategy criticised by civil society actors that see the traditional growth model (...)

[EU Elections 2014] What will they mean for health policy for the next five years?

Over the last four days, dozens of millions of Europeans have made their voice heard. By casting their vote at the European Parliament (EP) elections, they decided who they want to represent them in the upcoming 2014-2020 European Parliament term. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) encourages the new Parliament to ensure that health and well-being in Europe are brought into the heart of European policy-making. 28 May 2014 - At an informal EU Summit, Heads of State and Government (...)