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[Summary] Workshop on Cigarette Smuggling at the European Parliament


On 22nd January 2014, the Policy Department on Budgetary Affairs of the European Parliament organised a workshop on the Smuggling of Cigarettes in the EU and how it relates to the new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) that will come into force in the coming years. One of the most repeated arguments from the Panel was the conflict of interests within the Tobacco Companies when it comes to smuggling. Among the solutions put forward by the speakers, the setting of an independent public (...)
29/01/2014

[EPHA Open letter] EPHA contribution to the consultation on the Public Health Bill - Support from the European Public Health Community to the General Scheme on Plain Packaging in Ireland


In November 2013, the Irish government produced a General Scheme on Plain Packaging – a referral document that is feeding into a consultation process on the issue. The Committee plan to hold public hearings on the Bill, starting from 23 January. They will have eight sessions covering all aspects of the Bill – retailers, health professionals, tax and revenue, Health NGOs, lawyers specialising in IP and (despite protestation and highlighting of FCTC) the tobacco industry. EPHA (...)
23/01/2014

[EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health?


In late October, EPHA attended a Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue’s (TACD) event intended to debate the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US and whether and how it is to benefit the consumers on both sides of the Atlantic. The event brought up a number of crucial considerations to be looked into what relate to public health issues. In a nutshell, this seminar stressed that the TTIP is mostly a drive towards de-regulation and a (...)
04/11/2013

[European Environment Agency - 2013 Air quality report] Try to Keep your Breath while Counting your Money


The European Environment Agency (EEA) launched its air quality in Europe report (2013) on a European Policy Centre (EPC) Breakfast Policy Briefing together with Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment. EPHA took part in the debate on behalf of the European COPD Coalition (ECC) as air quality has a great impact on health -and in particular, on respiratory diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 2013 as the European Year of Air - The policy (...)
25/10/2013

EPHA Working Group on Tobacco policy - 30 October 2013


The EPHA Working Group (WG) on Tobacco policy will hold its next meeting on 30 October 2013 about the different regulatory options of e-cigarettes in light of the ongoing discussion of the TPD. On 30 October 2013, the Secretariat will meet with its members to discuss the issue of e-cigarettes in light of the current revision of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The Secretariat will develop a scoping paper about possible regulatory options. Members that can not attend the meeting have (...)
22/10/2013

Final countdown - public health community calls on European Parliament to vote for a strong Tobacco Products Directive


The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is not only one of the last major pieces of EU regulation that will be adopted before next year’s elections to the European Parliament (EP). It is also one of the last opportunities to make a meaningful difference not only in the health and well-being of people living in Europe now but also of that of generations to come. Smoking has devastating consequences; from outright death to chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory diseases like (...)
04/10/2013

[Joint Open Letter to President of European Parliament] Philip Morris lobbying activities on the Tobacco Products Directive


Brussels, 1 October 2013 - Eleven public health and transparency NGOs - including EPHA - sent an open letter today to the President of the European Parliament (EP) Martin Schulz expressing concern about the very large number of undisclosed meetings between at least 233 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) with tobacco industry lobbyists recently revealed by media coverage thanks to leaked Philip Morris documents. With this letter, the signing NGOs encourage the EP President to take (...)
01/10/2013

EPHA Calls for Strong Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) without further delay


Public health civil society organisations expressed their deep concern over the decision taken by the heads of political groups in the European Parliament on 5 September to postpone the debate and vote on the Tobacco Products Directive(TPD). The vote had been scheduled for the European Parliament’s (EP) September plenary session, but has now been delayed until 8 October. EPHA calls on a strong TPD adopted without further delay. How could it happen? The main arguments supporting the (...)
09/09/2013

[EPHA Briefing] Public health nutrition, food security and consumer considerations of EU Biofuel strategy


September 9 2013, Brussels - As the EU Biofuels policy is being pushed through the European Union institutions (most recently the European Parliament), EPHA is raising awareness on the ongoing debate, underpinned by a vast body of evidence and arguments, about an underestimated dimension of the impact of biofuels: on public health nutrition, non-communicable chronic diseases and food security of European consumers. The EP vote on the renewable energy directive (drafted by Corinne Lepage, (...)
09/09/2013

[Right to Water] European Citizens Initiative condemns mayor of Hungarian town of Ózd for cutting people off water


European and international media have widely reported the 2nd August decision of the city mayor Pál Fürjes of the Hungarian town Ózd to reduce water pressure or stop supplying altogether in 88 roadside pumps. This happening underlines the importance of the European Citizens Initiative Right to Water campaign and the demand that the European Commission takes further steps to guarantee people living in Europe safe and clean drinking water in accordance with UN obligations. (Hungarian (...)
23/08/2013