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[Conference Proceedings] TTIP - Increased Trade for Better Living?


To intensify the dialogue among civil society organisations, TTIP negotiators and political decision makers, Demeter International, in cooperation with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) organised the European policy conference “TTIP - Increased Trade for Better Living?" The event took place on 15-16 June under the umbrella of the Agricultural and Rural Convention (ARC 2020) and was hosted by the European and Economic Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. The conference aims (...)
31/07/2015

AMR’s multiple dimensions call for action on all fronts


The June Uppsala Health Summit (UHS), ‘A World Without Antibiotics’ expanded the discussion about antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at European and national level by examining this critical health threat from different angles. Among the key themes discussed were access to antibiotics and to improved diagnostics, the environmental dimension of AMR, collaborative research & innovation, and economic models allowing pharma companies to balance profits and investments for the public (...)
02/07/2015

[Conference Conclusions] - TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?


This European policy conference took place on 15-16 June in Brussels and gathered more than 150 participants. It focused on the future of EU trade agreements, examining their impact on sustainable food, agriculture and public health. Our event was part of the ongoing constructive discussion about the impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the lives of Europeans with conference conclusions developed following plenary panel debates, in-depth thematic workshops (...)
23/06/2015

[Demeter-EPHA Joint Press Release] TTIP – civil society raises concerns about impacts on Living


Brussels, 15 June - Civil society raised serious concerns about the impacts of TTIP on access to good food and health, as well as the risk of deterioration of environmental, agricultural and animal welfare standards yesterday, at an event organised by Demeter (1) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) (2), under the umbrella of ARC2020 (3), and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). "The EESC considers that full transparency and consultation with the EESC and civil (...)
16/06/2015

[Event announcement] TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?


This conference, co-organised by Demeter International and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), will provide a discussion platform for negotiators, decision-makers and stakeholders to exchange views on civil society concerns about the possible implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on sustainable food and agriculture, public health and services, education and democracy. It will discuss visions of fair and sound international trade, develop ideas for (...)
20/05/2015

[Save the date] A close look at the risks and opportunities of the TTIP for EU food and farming


The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) are pleased to announce that an event entitled ‘A close look at the risks and opportunities of the TTIP for EU food and farming’ will take place on 12 May in Brussels. Registration is now open. Draft Agenda (pdf) Please make a note in your diary for an upcoming breakfast event entitled ‘A close look at the risks and opportunities of the TTIP for EU food and farming’. The event, (...)
27/04/2015

WHO recommends cutting sugar intake to six teaspoons per day


Reducing sugars intake to less than 10% of total daily calories: a strong recommendation from WHO. The WHO has recommended to governments to take measures to reduce sugar intake to less than 10% of daily calories. The new sugar guideline points out that further reduction to 5% - which equates to around 25g or 6 teaspoons per day – would bring further benefits to health. There is increasing concern that consumption of free sugars, especially in the form of sugar-sweetened drinks, (...)
19/03/2015

[Joint press statement] Save the EU School Fruit Scheme: ‘Better Regulation’ must not be put ahead of children’s health


25 February 2015, Brussels – The European Commission may be planning to abandon (1) the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS), a programme that provides fruit and vegetables and promotes healthy eating habits to more than 8.6 million children and more than 50.000 schools across Europe. Ahead of a Commission meeting with EU member states and stakeholders to discuss the scheme on 2 March, a coalition of twelve public health and fruit and vegetable organisations called (2) (3) on the (...)
25/02/2015

EU Parliament must consider healthy food systems in EU-US trade deal


EPHA has called on the members of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee leading the report on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), to consider its impact on determinants of health, sustainable food systems and healthy diets. The draft report prepared by the EP Committee on International Trade was discussed on 24 February, while several EP Committees have been working preparing their respective opinions. The draft opinion prepared by the EP Committee (...)
24/02/2015

Hypocritical spending: European Parliament again votes to continue subsidies for tobacco growing


On 22 October the European Parliament voted to once again prolong subsidies "to cover expenditures granted to farmers producing raw tobacco" in the proposed EU budget for 2015. Despite the phasing out of support for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) direct payments to tobacco growers since 2010, a strong stance against the reintroduction of this funding from the European Commission and the Council in the revised CAP 2014-2020, and no mention of tobacco subsidies in the budget, the Parliament (...)
24/11/2014