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[EPHA Briefing] Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and Equal Treatment Legislation in Europe


The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) hosts the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting on 10-11 April in Vienna. EPHA, as FRP member organisation, stresses the importance of civil society involvement in Fundamental Rights discussions and takes this opportunity to publish its Briefing on Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and equal treatment legislation in Europe since the Right to Health is Fundamental. The briefing explores the different human rights instruments (1), examines human (...)
10/04/2014

[EPHA analysis] Roma Summit 2014 and International Romani Day


This time, the third European Roma Summit held on 4th April marked the International Romani Day (8th April), which gathered not only high level speakers from all over Europe from different European Institutions and Member States but also provided a forum for the European Commission to publish its assessment on the 2013 National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) presented by the 28 EU Member States. Is it a moment of celebration of further actions? What has the European Public Health (...)
08/04/2014

EPHA sends open letter on French fast food tax


In March 2014 the French Senate published a report ’Taxation and Public Health: evaluation of behavioural taxation’ to back up a proposal to introduce a ’junk food tax’ on products associated with increased non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The main objective of the proposed tax would be to counteract poor dietary habits and to compensate for the public health costs linked to the consumption of junk food - currently hugely overlooked from any public debate around the (...)
07/04/2014

[Joint press release] Enough is enough: Time to break the circle of Roma health exclusion across Europe


Brussels, 4 April 2014 - The need for better policies and funding for Roma inclusion, with an emphasis on local integration in Eastern Europe, is the focus of the Third Roma Summit (1) – a landmark event organised today by the European Commission in Brussels. After decades of revisiting the same issue, it is high time that the EU and its Member States got serious in tackling the factors that trap Roma populations in a cycle of ill-health and socio-economic marginalisation. With an (...)
04/04/2014

[EPHA position] Roma Health in Europe - Summary


One of the most universally disadvantaged communities living in Europe is the Roma. The great majority of the estimated 10-12 million Roma population in the continent is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum: they suffer worse health than the other populations in the countries due to their higher exposure to the range of unfavourable factors that influence health. Due to the multiplicity of their discrimination and social exclusion, the inequalities faced by the Roma (...)
04/04/2014

[Water is a Human Right!] 4 out of 5 European Commission President Candidates commit themselves to implement the Human Right to Water Campaign


Brussels 26 March 2014 - The European Commission responded to the first successful European Citizens Initiative with a Communication on March 19th. With less than 60 days to go before the European elections, the Citizens’ Committee has approached all candidates to the European Commission Presidency to ask for a commitment to implement the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the next legislature. The ECI organisers were critical of the Commission’s response as it lacked clear (...)
26/03/2014

Roma Health in Europe


Dear EPHA Members, We are very pleased to inform you that the European Commission intends to publish its assessment of the 2013 National Roma integration strategies on 2 April and that the next, invitation-only high level European Roma Summit is taking place in Brussels on 4 April. EPHA has received an invitation to this event. Using this opportunity, based on previous EPHA work in the Roma Policy field, the EPHA Secretariat has prepared a draft EPHA Position on Roma Health in Europe (...)
25/03/2014

EPHA’s Election Manifesto


The last five years have been difficult for many people living in Europe. Unemployment, cuts to social support, lack of access to finance and the impacts of austerity have taken their toll on people, their health and their faith in the political processes and even democracy. In its Manifesto for the European Parliament elections, the European Public Health Alliance calls on political parties and individual Members of the European Parliament (MEP) candidates to ensure that health and (...)
19/03/2014

[Water is a Human Right!] Commissio​n lacks ambition in replying to first European Citizens’ Initiative​


19 March 2014, Brussels - The European Commission (EC) published a Communication today that gives its official response to the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) which called on the EC “to implement the human right to water and sanitation in European law.” In the Communication, the European Commission does recall the importance of the human right to water and sanitation and states the importance of water as a public good and fundamental value and that (...)
16/03/2014

Election Manifestos of EU political groups - what they mean for public health


With the Elections for the European Parliament around the corner, most of the political groups of the European Parliament have already nominated their Commissioner Candidates and launched their manifestos (see EPHA’s manifesto). We have taken this opportunity to analyse the groups’ views on health-related issues. Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (PES) The PES group aims to “build a Europe that leaves no one behind (...)
14/03/2014