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[EPHA Briefing] Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and Equal Treatment Legislation in Europe


The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) hosts the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting on 10-11 April in Vienna. EPHA, as FRP member organisation, stresses the importance of civil society involvement in Fundamental Rights discussions and takes this opportunity to publish its Briefing on Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and equal treatment legislation in Europe since the Right to Health is Fundamental. The briefing explores the different human rights instruments (1), examines human (...)
10/04/2014

[EPHA analysis] Roma Summit 2014 and International Romani Day


This time, the third European Roma Summit held on 4th April marked the International Romani Day (8th April), which gathered not only high level speakers from all over Europe from different European Institutions and Member States but also provided a forum for the European Commission to publish its assessment on the 2013 National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) presented by the 28 EU Member States. Is it a moment of celebration of further actions? What has the European Public Health (...)
08/04/2014

[Joint press release] Enough is enough: Time to break the circle of Roma health exclusion across Europe


Brussels, 4 April 2014 - The need for better policies and funding for Roma inclusion, with an emphasis on local integration in Eastern Europe, is the focus of the Third Roma Summit (1) – a landmark event organised today by the European Commission in Brussels. After decades of revisiting the same issue, it is high time that the EU and its Member States got serious in tackling the factors that trap Roma populations in a cycle of ill-health and socio-economic marginalisation. With an (...)
04/04/2014

[EPHA position] Roma Health in Europe - Summary


One of the most universally disadvantaged communities living in Europe is the Roma. The great majority of the estimated 10-12 million Roma population in the continent is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum: they suffer worse health than the other populations in the countries due to their higher exposure to the range of unfavourable factors that influence health. Due to the multiplicity of their discrimination and social exclusion, the inequalities faced by the Roma (...)
04/04/2014

[Event report] Health in Europe - Making it Fairer


Nearly seven months from the end of its mandate, the current European Commission held its last major event "Health in Europe, making it fairer" in the field of public health on 18 March 2014. The conference focused on the current inequalities in health to make progress towards integrating discriminated and stigmatized social groups. The aim was to share good practices in promoting equity and combatting discrimination including health promotion, prevention and treatment. The European (...)
28/03/2014

Roma Health in Europe


Dear EPHA Members, We are very pleased to inform you that the European Commission intends to publish its assessment of the 2013 National Roma integration strategies on 2 April and that the next, invitation-only high level European Roma Summit is taking place in Brussels on 4 April. EPHA has received an invitation to this event. Using this opportunity, based on previous EPHA work in the Roma Policy field, the EPHA Secretariat has prepared a draft EPHA Position on Roma Health in Europe (...)
25/03/2014

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

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