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EPHA submits comments to draft political declaration in the run-up to FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition


In the run up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November 2014, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization opened a public consultation with interested stakeholders on its zero draft political declaration (otherwise known as the Rome Accord), to gather comments on its vision for health and nutrition, a sensitive global food and farming system. EPHA submitted its comments to the document. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United (...)
24/03/2014

[EPHA Guide] The EU and Health


14 October, 2013 - The EPHA Secretariat, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, LAUNCHED TODAY a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU’s competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. This guide could be used as a one-stop resource manual on how the EU deals with public health in Europe. A gateway to help you to better make sense of the EU’s (...)
14/03/2014

Civil Society urges President Barroso to reflect and re-focus on the Commission’s work on Sustainable Food


In light of the recent conference "Averting Farmageddon - Sustainable Food for All" co-organised by the Greek Presidency and the Compassion in World Farming, as well as the Commission’s long awaited Communication on Sustainable Food, civil society organisations wrote to President Barroso to urge that he reflect on current EU food production and consumption, especially from products of animal origin. As much as addressing food waste (is a predominant focus of the planned (...)
11/03/2014

EU Member States agree to act on Childhood Overweight and Obesity


The Greek Presidency "Nutrition and Physical Activity" conference of 24-25 February, saw the launch of the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity, initiated a year ago under the Irish Presidency of the EU. The Plan attempts to take into account the political complexity of all 28 EU Member States and aims to "demonstrate a shared commitment of addressing childhood obesity" by setting out eight priority areas for action "possible measures for consideration" while respecting countries’ (...)
02/03/2014

EPHA open letter to Competitiveness Council in support of Governments’ right to protect the health of its citizens


In light of the upcoming meeting of the Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) of 20-21 February, set to discuss "the impact of the EU acquis of hybrid nutrition labelling system recommended in some Member States" (namely, the UK voluntary ’traffic light’ scheme), EPHA sent an open letter to the Council to express its strong support. Subject: 3295th meeting of the Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) – (...)
19/02/2014

[Joint Press Statement ] EAT WELL, FEEL GOOD - Unified EU Programme to boost children’s fruit, vegetables and milk consumption?


5 February, Brussels - Following the publication of the Commission’s legislative proposal for the merger of the School Fruit Scheme (SFS) and the School Milk Scheme (SMS) (1), and while welcoming the Commission’s recognition of poor nutrition and the need to fight obesityin Europe’s schoolchildren, Freshfel Europe and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) call on the Council and the European Parliament to defend the identity and the objectives of the SFS and not (...)
05/02/2014

NOURISHING: World Cancer Research Fund International’s Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets


The World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF), an EPHA member organisation, has just published NOURISHING - an updated version of its Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets. This publication places policies into three broad and interlinked domains: food environment, food systems and behaviour change communication. To develop an effective response to unhealthy eating, governments should implement policy actions from all of the ten policy areas. These actions can be developed and (...)
04/02/2014

[Joint open letter] EPHA co-signs letter from group of civil society and farming organisations on ongoing reform of DG Agri advisory groups


Welcoming the decision by the European Commission on the reform of the functioning and composition of advisory groups - and to stress the importance of having a balance between the different civil society groups focused on economic, social and environmental issues - EPHA joins efforts with other non-governmental organisations and co-signs an open letter to EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos. The letter, entiled ’Reform of DG Agriculture advisory group system’ is (...)
27/01/2014

European Council adopts legislative proposals reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)


On 16 December 2013, the Agriculture Ministers of the EU formally adopted the four Basic Regulations for the reformed Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), as well as the Transition Rules for 2014. This follows on the approval of these Regulations by the European Parliament on 20 November. Common agricultural policy: the reform is approved by the Council Since EPHA began working on farming policy we have been advocating for the CPA to include access to healthy diets, improve policy coherence (...)
18/12/2013