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European Parliament adopts resolution on social aspects of Europe 2020 Strategy


On Tuesday 25 November, the European Parliament adopted at its Strasbourg plenary sitting a resolution on the employment and social aspects of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The resolution draws attention to the poor performance of the Strategy as regards its social and employment objectives and states that these have not been sufficiently reflected in the European Semester process. In the Resolution the Parliament calls for the introduction of additional indicators on child poverty, access (...)
26/11/2014

[European elections] S&D Group stand on Health workforce


The S&D Group from the European Parliament launched this week a 10 point Plan called “Europe Back to work”. It consists on a series of measures that they want to implement in order to take Europe out of the crises and is being presented in the context of this May’s European Elections. As EPHA we have taken a closer look to what it says on health and social related issues that might be of interest for the Public Health Community. Health workforce and labour shortages (...)
05/04/2014

EPHA involved in review and mapping of continuous professional development and lifelong learning for health professionals in the EU


The Commission’s Action Plan for the EU health workforce addresses continuous professional development to safeguard patient safety within the context of cross-border mobility of health professionals and patients in the EU. On 10 October 2013, a consortium led by the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and also consisting of the Council of European Dentists (CED), the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), the European Midwives Association (EMA), the European (...)
27/03/2014

[Joint press release] Ball is in Council’s court to end health discrimination


Brussels, 18 March 2014 – The multiple forms of health and other discrimination faced by patients with chronic diseases and vulnerable groups, as well as the political commitment needed to combat this, were the focus of ‘Health in Europe, making it fairer’ (1) – a landmark conference organised today by the European Union’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) in Brussels. The patient and public health community congratulates Health (...)
18/03/2014

What the Europe 2020 review means for health


With the EU Institutions producing a tremendous amount of reading material every week, it is sometimes hard to discern which direction we should be pointing our limited resources and time. This is even more the case for many of us who are not based in Brussels and might not be familiar with the rather technical and suspiciously similar-sounding jargon emanating from the heart of Europe. This is why we have considered writing this article on the Europe 2020 Strategy Review that came out at (...)
17/03/2014

[Joint open letter] Health actors write to Barroso proposing stronger health dimension


3 March 2014 - The European Commission is expected to launch its initial mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy in early March. This review will need to take stock of both the attention paid to the inclusive growth pillar of Europe 2020 and the progress towards the target. EPHA and EPF propose changes to strengthen the health dimension of the strategy and ways to engage more with civil society. 2014 will be a year of change for the EU, with upcoming European parliamentary elections, (...)
03/03/2014

Civil Society calls for a true Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union


Ahead of the vote on 21 November, a coalition of civil society organisations writes to MEPs to ask for an ambitious Social Dimension of the EMU. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes the Communication on the Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) released on 2 October - a potential watershed moment in economic governance and in better screening the social determinants of health. If implemented properly, this would empower citizens to measure the impact of (...)
20/11/2013

[OECD report launch] How’s Life in 2013?: Human cost of crisis calls for investment in well-being


Stemming from the Better Life Initiative, a newly-launched OECD report How’s Life? shows the economic crisis’ impact on people’s well-being, affecting not only their jobs and incomes but also, more importantly, their life satisfaction, housing conditions, trust in governments and working environments. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s report finds that these indicators declined the most in countries most affected by the crisis, and (...)
05/11/2013

[EPHA briefing] The Lithuanian EU presidency Health Priorities


On 1 July Lithuania took over the last full EU Council of Ministers Presidency before the European elections of 2014. The Lithuanian Presidency will focus its efforts in restoring EU’s economy credibility, attaining economic growth and better employment opportunities and reinforcing the EU as a model of openness and security, building on the cooperation with its Trio partners. The Lithuanian Priorities for health Presentation - Health Priorities of the Lithuanian EU Presidency (...)
08/07/2013

EPHA briefing: Health in the Europe 2020 Strategy


The Europe 2020 Strategy was launched in 2010 to promote ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’. It sets targets for employment, innovation, climate and energy policy, education and social inclusion, most of which are in some way related to health policies and priorities. For example, public health has clear implications for work hours, labour force participation, early retirement, and health and safety at work, and these factors impact on health. In the Annual Growth Survey (...)
11/04/2013