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On 13 May 2015 the European Commission published the fifth edition of its country specific recommendations (CSRs), the centrepiece of the European Semester framework. The recommendations lay out the measures which the states should take in order to reach the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy and to maintain the broader stability and growth of the EU.
In line with the Commission’s revised approach to the Semester the number of health-related recommendations issued and the level of (...)
On 26 February the European Commission published the 2015 Country Reports, which replace the previous staff working documents as the key supporting texts of the European Semester process. Nearly three months later on 13 May, the 2015 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) – the centrepiece of the Semester – were issued to 26 member states (all except Greece and Cyprus, which are subject to separate EU and IMF monitoring).
The contrast between the two sets of documents is (...)
Eurofound - the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions - published this week its report, ’Access to healthcare in times of crisis’. EPHA contributed to the report last year, conducting a case study of health system responses in Luxembourg.
The report explores which population groups have experienced reduced access to healthcare as a result of the crisis. It presents examples of measures taken by governments and service providers to maintain (...)
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 (...)
EPHA welcomes the Commission’s revision of the guidelines on Impact Assessment (IA) and the opportunity to contribute to this process via consultation. EPHA is able to offer suggestions for improving the way health impacts of EU policy are evaluated, and we highlight the need for IA to take account of the impact of EU policy upon NGOs and other third sector bodies. EPHA does not claim to have expertise in the practices of IA methodology, but rather has experience in the growing use of (...)
EPHA welcomes the Commission’s publication of comprehensive consultation guidelines. Smart regulation should mean fair and citizen-centred policy making that brings tangible benefits to the citizens of Europe and improves their quality of life. This involves greater use of evidence-based impact assessment and improving the consultation process.
The aim of the guidelines should be to ensure transparency and representativeness. Publishing consultation responses, as well as explanations (...)
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 (...)
On 10 September 2014 President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced his nomination of Pierre Moscovici to the post of Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. Mr Moscovici is a former Minister of Finance and Economy, as well as of European Affairs, and has previously served as a Vice-President of the European Parliament. He ran President François Hollande’s campaign for office in 2012 and was an integral part of the Hollande (...)
Brussels, 4 September – Today EPHA’s Annual Conference entitled “Tectonic tensions – wealthy Europe’s fear of commitment” held the first of its two-day series of debates on the health priorities of the EU for the next five years. The outgoing Commissioner for Health, the former Lithuanian Health Minister and the Latvian Greek, and Portuguese Secretaries of State for Health, along with an audience of 200 people, engaged in a constructive debate just before (...)
Brussels, 27 August – Coinciding with the start of business of the new European Parliament and Commission as well as the review of the EU’s long-term objectives (Europe 2020), EPHA’s 2014 annual conference aims to contribute to the European health agenda. The conference will gather high level speakers such as the European Health Commissioner, MEPs and former Ministers of Health to engage in a constructive debate on the priorities of the EU for the next five years. (...)
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