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[Press statement] EPHA calls on new Commission president to put people’s needs first


15 July 2014, Brussels –The European Parliament has confirmed Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. EPHA would like to congratulate Mr Juncker for the confirmation and urges him to commit his 2014-2019 mandate to the health and well-being of people living in Europe. “Health is one of the main concerns of people living in Europe. Bringing the activities of the European Union in line with people’s priorities is essential to creating a union (...)
15/07/2014

Mr Juncker, Commission president-nominated, and his EPP priorities on health and social issues


7 July 2014 - After days of tough negotiations, the European Council of EU Heads of State and Government decided to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. As the initial block of countries who opposed Juncker was finally reduced to Hungary and most strongly, the UK, the fear that the next Commission President would not be the candidate for the most voted for political group in the last EU elections faded away. Even Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister, (...)
07/07/2014

[EU Elections 2014] What will they mean for health policy for the next five years?


Over the last four days, dozens of millions of Europeans have made their voice heard. By casting their vote at the European Parliament (EP) elections, they decided who they want to represent them in the upcoming 2014-2020 European Parliament term. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) encourages the new Parliament to ensure that health and well-being in Europe are brought into the heart of European policy-making. 28 May 2014 - At an informal EU Summit, Heads of State and Government (...)
27/05/2014

[Press statement] European voters demand urgent shift from business as usual


Brussels, 26 May 2014 - The European Parliament elections have sent a clear message to the European institutions: business as usual is not an option. It is delivering for Europe, not for people living in Europe, and at EPHA we question whether it is delivering for the health and well-being of people living in Europe. As dozens of millions of Europeans voiced their concerns in the ballot box, our European leaders cannot afford to keep running the European Union (EU) the way they have done (...)
26/05/2014

40 MEPs and 119 non-elected MEP candidates endorse EPHA Election Manifesto


Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and MEP candidates are encouraged to support EPHA’s Election Manifesto for the European Parliament elections on 22-25 May 2014.. Please email us at claudia@epha.org if you would like to endorse our Manifesto. If you would also like to provide us with a quote (which we can draft for you) on your support to EPHA’s Election Manifesto, this would also be welcomed. So far, EPHA’s Election Manifesto is endorsed by (alphabetical (...)
23/05/2014

European Economic and Social Committee presents its five year Action Plan for Europe


On 12 May 2014 an Action Plan was adopted in the Plenary of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). This Action Plan aims to deliver a set of solutions to restore EU citizens’ lost confidence in the European institutions. The Plan includes three main areas: (1) An Economic Union (2); a Social Union; (3) and a Democratic and Civil Union. With public trust in the European Union reaching an all time low; a deep economic crises with even deeper social consequences; and the EU (...)
12/05/2014

Eye health and vision care should be public health priorities in Europe


The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) delegation travelled to Luxembourg on 1 April 2014 to meet with representatives of the European Union (EU)’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU. The delegation was an excellent opportunity to exchange views on the importance of eye health and vision as a public health priority and the visit aimed to reiterate ECV’s call to European decision-makers to include eye health and (...)
17/04/2014

[European elections] S&D Group stand on Health workforce


The S&D Group from the European Parliament launched this week a 10 point Plan called “Europe Back to work”. It consists on a series of measures that they want to implement in order to take Europe out of the crises and is being presented in the context of this May’s European Elections. As EPHA we have taken a closer look to what it says on health and social related issues that might be of interest for the Public Health Community. Health workforce and labour shortages (...)
05/04/2014

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

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


14 March 2014 - 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 (...)
14/03/2014