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[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 (...)

EU Migration Agenda - ’Right step in right direction’ or stumbling block for universal access to healthcare?

A CEPS lunchtime seminar held at the University of Maastricht’s Brussels campus shed light, from different angles, on the recently released European Agenda on Migration by critically examining some of its features, including the Commission’s plan to distribute asylum seekers across the EU Member States, the use of military power to combat people smugglers, and managing different types of migration. Overall, the Agenda’s narrow take on migration complicates achieving the (...)

[Updated briefing notes] The impact of the economic crisis on public health

October 2014 - In 2012, EPHA published its first ‘facts and figures’ briefing on the impacts of the economic crisis on health. Two years later, the revised and updates briefing finds that the impacts of austerity politics and economic recession continue to threaten the health and wellbeing of Europeans. Trends in increased suicide rates, unemployment, social exclusion and unmet health needs prevail, most acutely in the newer member states and in those receiving financial (...)

Health groups express dismay at potential withdrawal of EU Clean Air Policy Package

Brussels, 18 November 2014 - Today, public health, patients’, and medical organisations sent a letter to EU Commission President Juncker expressing their dismay at any consideration to withdraw the EU Clean Air Policy Package, as presented by EU Environment and Health Commissioners Potocnik and Borg in December 2013. The letter calls on President Juncker to keep the proposal and work with the European Parliament and Council to ensure a swift and ambitious adoption. You can download (...)

[Letter: EPHA President] Upcoming meeting of the EPSCO Council – Europe 2020 and the AGS

Early next year the European Commission will issue its report on the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The EPSCO Council has been a major contributor to the review and has a vital role to play in adapting the Europe 2020 Strategy in light of pressing employment, social exclusion and poverty issues. 14 November 2014, Brussels To the attention of Ministers of Health RE: Upcoming meeting of the EPSCO Council – Europe 2020 and the AGS Dear Minister, In October, the Council (...)

[Press release] The European Parliament will not gain people’s trust by continuing to contribute to the burden of chronic disease in the form of tobacco subsidies

Brussels, 23 October 2014 – Among all the furore yesterday of the new Commission, the European Parliament also quietly voted against ending EU subsidies to tobacco crops (1). While on the one hand many MEPs so supportive of legislating in favour of health with regards to pharmaceutical products, it seems that over half of the EP is happy to continue pumping taxpayer’s money to a harmful industry (2) instead of supporting farmers to make the shift to a more health and sustainable (...)

New study calls upon EU to address link between mental and physical health in its Health Programme

A new study commissioned by Mental Health Europe assesses whether the EU’s second Health Programme (2008-2013) addresses the interrelation of mental and physical health. The conclusion is that the programme does not make a sufficient connection between the two. This is unfortunate as a more thorough consideration of this link could contribute to the prevention of comorbidity. Earlier studies have shown that physical and mental health related problems are closely linked. People with (...)

[Joint press statement] Stoiber prescribing the wrong medicine

14 October 2014, Brussels - . The European Commission’s High Level Group on Administrative Burdens (1), chaired by Dr Edmund Stoiber, has drawn severe criticism from 4 of a total of 15 Members (2) for its final report (3) pushing an outdated, deregulatory agenda. Almost one third of ‘Stoiber group’ members oppose biased final report The views of members representing trade unions, environmental groups, consumer organisations and health groups are presented in a (...)

[Evaluation] European Parliament hearing - Vytenis Andriukaitis European Commissioner-designate for Health and Food Safety

1 October 2014, Brussels - By European Parliament standards, Commissioner-designate Vytenis Andriukaitis’ performance could be judged to be “satisfactory”. He showed his commitment to protect European citizens’ health and well-being, and improve underlying determinants of health and physical environment. Now we will really have to see how he intends to turn words into concrete action. He was very outspoken on the issues of prevention, promotion and protection of (...)

Statement of Clarification in Responses to Questions Regarding the Pharmaceutical Industry

11 September 2014 - We would like to confirm in response to a number of questions received today that the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) is withdrawing its support for the proposed Health for Citizen’s Intergroup in the European Parliament. EPHA had been discussing support for an Intergroup as part of a coalition of non-governmental organisations and organisations representing economic operators, a new and exciting venture with the expectation of supporting the European (...)