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EU Parliament vote improves measures to decrease air pollution but turns its back on 42,800 lives

The EU Parliament has adopted a less ambitious stand on air pollution than wished for by ENVI. Brussels, 28 October 2015. The European Parliament voted today on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive, setting out national limits on a range of air pollutants. The vote, strengthening existing rules, has proven the commitment of MEPs towards improving air quality and protecting public health in the European Union. Members of the European Parliament voted to support a series of (...)

Call for clean air

EPHA has co-signed this letter to MEPs which highlights the importance of an upcoming plenary vote on the air quality of Europe and refers to the health implications of this law being passed. Open letter to MEPs - Call for clean air (pdf) CALL FOR CLEAN AIR 28 October Plenary vote on the NEC Directive 23 October 2015 Dear Member of the European Parliament, Clean air - everywhere - for European (...)

[Press Release] ENVI Committee calls for cleaner air

Brussels, 15 July 2015 - Over 90% of city dwellers in Europe are exposed to air pollution levels which are harmful to health. Today’s vote in the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive is an important step towards improving air quality and protecting public health in Europe. Today, air pollution levels around Europe of fine particles (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, sulphur oxides, and other (...)

[Letter to MEPs] Call for Clean Air

Ahead of the 15 July vote in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the revised National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive report, more than 60 health, environmental and animal welfare organisations signed a letter containing recommendations to MEPs for ambitious EU action that will benefit people’s health, the environment and the economy. Letter to ENVI MEPs - CALL FOR CLEAN AIR (pdf) Dear Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) (...)

[EPHA Open letter] EPHA contribution to the draft Austrian tobacco legislation

I am writing to you in response to the draft tobacco legislation that is currently in progress. On behalf of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Austria for its willingness to take this bold step forward in the fight against tobacco related harm. To Mme Sabine Oberhauser, Austrian Minister for Health Dear Mme Oberhauser, In Austria the prevalence of smoking is still increasing while the habit is imposing an enormous health and (...)

UK and Ireland pave the way for the adoption of Plain Packaging in the EU

Ireland and the UK are paving the way for a Europe free of tobacco. This form of leadership is crucial in the light of the recently adopted Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) which aims to strengthen European tobacco control policy. The UK’s House of Lords has approved a bill to standardise cigarette packaging in England from May 2016, making it the second country in the European Union to introduce such a law after Ireland and the fourth in the world (after Australia and Uruguay). In (...)

[ECC Press statement] World COPD Day 2014: Why a disease that affects one in ten adults in Europe is still neglected?

Brussels, 19 November 2014 - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (1) affects up to 10% of European adults and is the fourth cause of death worldwide and is expected to be in third place by 2030 (2). As yet, few EU leaders or policy-makers are aware of this fact. Until this changes, little political action will be given to tackle one of the most acute public health issues in Europe. “As a first step to effectively address this public health threat, we should get much better (...)

New cancer expert group: cancer is on the EU public health agenda

On the first meeting of the new expert group on cancer, which was held on 22-23 September, the Commission presented an overview of the EU priorities for cancer and an implementation report on previous work done in the field. It gave also an update on the ongoing CANCON Joint Action (European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control) and progress towards a European Cancer Information System. Finally, the International Agency for Research on Cancer presented the 4th (...)

[Press release] France is on the right track in the fight against tobacco epidemic in Europe

September 25 2014, Brussels – Today, the French government outlined new legislation (1) to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes following Ireland (2) and the UK’s recent initiatives (3). If the bill is adopted, France will be taking a major step forward to protect its citizens against a habit that kills around 73,000 people every year in France (4) and 700,000 in the European Union - equivalent to the population of cities like Seville or Frankfurt. As Peggy (...)

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 (...)