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New European Parliament and Gender Equality post-2015: taking stock of progress made, where’s health?


The European Parliament Committee on Gender Equality (FEMM Committee) has started making post-2015 plans for a new gender equality strategy. Debating a report written by MEP Maria Noichl, S&D, DE on how to improve equality after 2015, the new strategy comes in light of an upcoming report on progress made since 2013 being compiled by MEP Marc Tarabella (S&D, BE). On 13 October 2014, EP FEMM Committee discussed the progress made in 2013 with experts, which will be fed into an (...)
23/10/2014

Roma Public Health emergency - alarming European Commission data on Roma health


Health Commissioner Tonio Borg announced at the EPHA Annual Conference on 4 September 2014, that the European Commission has issued a report on the health status of the Roma population in Europe. The report concludes that Roma in Europe suffer a greater exposure to wider risks of ill health, have poorer access to preventive and healthcare services and suffer poorer health outcomes than the general population. The report also highlights that as a result of cutbacks linked to the economic (...)
23/10/2014

EU-wide commitments to fight child poverty and social exclusion


Eurochild, with the help of its member organisations and partners, carried out an analysis of the 2014 National Reform Programmes (NRPs) of EU Member States. Respondents from 17 EU Member States (MS) provided information about the extent to which child poverty and social exclusion are addressed in the 2014 NRPs and National Social Reports. The analysis of the responses provides an EU-wide overview of the commitment to fight child poverty and social exclusion. Despite a slight increase in (...)
13/10/2014

Phil Hogan » European Commissioner-designate for 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 (...)
28/09/2014

Marianne Thyssen » European Commissioner-designate for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility


For the crucial Commissioner portfolio comprising Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has nominated Marianne Thyssen from Belgium. As part of her designated responsibilities, Ms Thyssen’s responsibilities will include issues related to the free movement of workers and migration, skills development and promotion of lifelong learning, to ensure that European labour markets are able to deliver jobs and growth. By Sascha Marschang, (...)
28/09/2014

Ebola: an open letter to European governments (published in The Lancet)


After months of inaction and neglect from the international community, the Ebola epidemic in west Africa has now spiralled utterly out of control. Today, the virus is a threat not only to the countries where the outbreak has overwhelmed the capacity of national health systems, but also to the entire world. [ >http://www.thelancet.com/journals/l...] We urge our governments to mobilise all possible resources to assist west Africa in controlling this horrific epidemic. Based on our (...)
26/09/2014

[Press release] Health actors urge new European leaders to renew efforts to tackle public health challenges


Brussels, 5 September – Over the last two days, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) held its two-day annual conference entitled “Tectonic tensions – wealthy Europe’s fear of commitment”. The event brought together more than 30 speakers (1) from across Europe’s health professions, governments, the European Commission, civil society and an audience of more than 200 people. The conference addressed the future of public health in Europe just before (...)
05/09/2014

EPHA calls on national governments to support healthy nutrition while developing national operational programmes of the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived


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 (...)
04/09/2014

Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe


As a comprehensive approach to the achievement of good health and well-being, tackling health inequalities early and giving every child the best start to life, we welcome the proposed European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015-2020. We call on European Ministers of Health to endorse the proposed framework and to give priority to its implementation. Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Copenhagen, 15-18 (...)
02/09/2014

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2014 National Roma Integration Strategies


On 5 April 2011, the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020, calling on Member States to prepare or revise National Roma Integration Strategies to more effectively address the challenges of Roma inclusion. In April 2014, the Commission presented its third assessment. EPHA provides a preliminary analysis of these recommendations, where they relate to Roma health, for each of the 28 EU Member States, ahead of discussions at the 2014 (...)
02/09/2014