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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 (...)
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 (...)
The increasing urgency of sustainable food systems for improving population health was a key message of the Good Food and Good Farming joint conference on 10-11 February. Civil society groups called for greener and fairer agriculture, sustainable food systems and diets, supporting rural economies and resources, coherent markets and international trade. The public health community must make sure that their voices are present to achieve a change in food policy in Europe and to shape the (...)
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 (...)
Brussels, 18 November – Today marks the 7th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) (1) which promotes a more prudent use of antibiotics to tackle the growing challenge of multi-drug resistant ‘superbugs’ (2). Around 25,000 patients die every year in the European Union (EU) as a result of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance will lead to significant health service savings since related costs amount to (...)
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 (...)
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Healthy diets and food
social determinants of health
In light of the ongoing discussions around the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the recently presented proposal document of the UN Open Working Group, EPHA joined an advocacy initiative of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) to call for re-consideration of the proposed Goal 2 on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture ("Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture"). (...)
PHIL HOGAN (54) born in Kilkenny, Ireland, is an Irish conservative politician who was nominated as Agriculture Commissioner in September 2014 after having previously served as Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. As part of his designated responsibilities (as indicated by new European Commission’s President Mr Juncker in his mission letter), Mr Hogan’s responsibilities will include issues related to food security, sustainable development of (...)
The 64th Regional Committee of the WHO Europe took place between 15-19 September 2014 in Copenhagen. EPHA representative attended the meetings of Health Ministers, spoke to gathered participants about the recent re-shuffle of the European Commission (move of the pharmaceuticals policy from DG Sanco to DG Enterprise), as well as actively participated in sessions on the European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015-2020 adoption, the European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020 (...)
In the framework of the activities of the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain, DG Enterprise and Industry commissioned a study on ’Food taxes and their impact on competitiveness in the agri-food sector’. The study concluded that "Non-harmonised taxes on high sugar, salt and fat products such as soft drinks, sweet and salty foodstuffs do induce a reduction in the consumption of the taxed products, but the exact impact on the competitiveness of the European (...)