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[Joint open letter] EU Commission investigating UK voluntary front of pack nutrition labelling (‘traffic light’ scheme)


24 June 2014 - The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) – Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health for all – is writing to you in light of the current debate in the European Commission regarding the impact of the United Kingdom’s voluntary colour-coded nutrition labelling. Together with the Royal College of Physicians, European Institute of Women’s Health and the International Diabetes Federation Europe - we would like to express our strong support (...)
24/06/2014

Council conclusions on nutrition and physical activity


20 June 2014 - As result of the Council Meeting on Nutrition and Physical Activity in Luxembourg on 20 June 2014, the Council adopted the following conclusions: "The Council of the European Union recalls: 1. Article 168 of the TFEU which states that a high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Union policies and activities and provides that Union action; 2. The Council conclusions on: Health in all policies; Putting the EU (...)
20/06/2014

[EPHA visit to Romania] Pressing need to take Roma integration seriously


EPHA participated in a country visit to Romania, as part of a ’Together for better health, for us, by us’ delegation to discuss with key Romanian stakeholders (including civil society representatives) burning questions on Roma integration. A field visit to the Romanian villages ’Araci/Árapatak’ and ’Hetea/Hete’ reinforced evidence that the Roma population is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum. Roma in Romania and Europe suffer worse (...)
20/06/2014

Growing inequalities in Hungary - is harassment of Hungarian NGOs the right answer?


"One day the poor in Hungary will have nothing left to eat but the rich." Over a million Hungarians live below the poverty line. As inequalities are on the rise in Hungary, a mock fast food restaurant HUNGER KING® opened its doors in the Hungarian capital, Budapest for 3 weeks, as a protest against the anti-­homeless acts of the Hungarian government. Another worrying trend since the Hungarian government’s re-election, has been the launch of a campaign attacking the credibility of (...)
19/06/2014

[Press Release of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children] Will Europe 2020 deliver for children?


17 June 2014, Brussels - Press Release of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children (1) ahead of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) 19-20 June 2014 and in view of their expected approval of the Country-Specific Recommendations, as a reaction to the 2014 National Reform Programmes. Europe is at a crossroads. The mid-term review of Europe 2020 offers an opportunity to re-focus hearts and minds on what matters most for Europe’s political, social (...)
17/06/2014

NGOs call for a better and more balanced composition of new European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development


14 June 2014 - The environment, public health and farm animal welfare communities across Europe have sent a letter to the in-coming European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that its constituency properly reflects the needs and concerns of society as a whole, rather than primarily representing the sectoral interests of the farming community only. Composition of the EP Agriculture Committee Open letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPS) (...)
17/06/2014

[Conference] Building Healthy Global Food Systems - A New imperative for Public Health


The AIMS of this conference are to review the status of diet-related ill health, determine the impact that existing global food systems have on health, and then explore policies that could effectively promote health and well-being and support global food systems which are environmentally, culturally and socially sustainable. To achieve this, the OBJECTIVES of the conference are to: Characterise, discuss and agree what is meant by healthy diets and food systems; Identify the major (...)
05/06/2014

[EPHA 5th Annual Conference] 4-5 September 2014, Brussels


EPHA 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 4-5 SEPTEMBER 2014, BRUSSELS “Tectonic tensions - wealthy Europe`s fear of commitment” KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Tonio Borg - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis - Lithuanian Minister of Health (*to be confirmed) Ingrīda Circene - Latvian Minister of Health (*to be confirmed) Paola Testori Coggi - Director-General for DG Health and Consumers Pilar Farjas Abadía - Secretary of State for Health and (...)
27/05/2014

WHO launches new High Level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity


At the 67th World Health Assembly, a new High-Level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity was officially launched. This new Commission aims to gather the best possible advice on dealing with the crisis of childhood obesity. In 2012, more than 40 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. By 2025, 70 million children under 5 will be overweight or obese if current trends continue. This Commission has been set up in a framework of the WHO Global Monitoring Framework for (...)
24/05/2014

38 leading organisations urge European Council to protect migrant children’s rights


Joint open letter to the European Council calling for European commitments on children’s rights to be prioritised in future common migration and asylum policies Dear President Van Rompuy Brussels, 22 May 2014 - In view of the upcoming June European Council, where strategic guidelines will be adopted outlining future EU Home Affairs policies, we, the undersigned organisations, children’s ombudspersons of Europe and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child , are (...)
23/05/2014