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OECD & EPHA - Inclusive Growth only possible by challenging current growth model


On April 3, EPHA Secretary General participated in a high-level workshop on "Defining and Measuring Inclusive Growth" organised by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). With this initiative, the OECD wants to revise the way economic growth is approached– from purely pro-growth to inclusive growth – while seeking ways to improve the way policy is made and implemented. A key objective of the workshop was to develop a roadmap for policies for inclusive (...)
02/04/2013

Nanomaterials in plastic packaging - are they safe for consumers?


During a roundtable discussion hosted by Holger Krahmer MEP (ALDE, DE) and organised by The Parliament Magazine and Plastics Europe, a study was presented on whether nanomaterials present in food packaging could potentially migrate into the food and presents risks to consumers. Presentations Photos What is nanotechnology? Nanomaterials as defined in a 2011 Commission Recommendation are materials which often have specific properties due to their small particle size. It offers a (...)
27/03/2013

[Save the date - Tues. 19 March] Water is a Human Right - European citizens initiative’s event


On the occasion of World Water Day, Water is a Human Right campaign organises a workshop on the Right to Water in Europe, on 19 March from 6PM till 8PM. The evenT will take place at the European Parliament (Brussels) - room A3H1. Water is a public good, not a commodity. Water is a Human Right campaign invites the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations, and promoting the provision of water and (...)
18/03/2013

[EPT] The 7th Environmental Programme (EAP)


THE 7TH ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME (EAP) Environment Action Programmes have guided the development of EU environment policy since the early seventies. The attainment of other objectives depends on future implementation efforts (chemicals, pesticides, water), and still a number of other challenges remain unaddressed. The 7th Environment Action Programme should be a strategic document providing an overarching framework aiming at improving Europe’s competitiveness and enhancing its (...)
18/03/2013

Addressing fuel poverty in deprived urban areas


A practical example from the United Kingdom on how to tackle several social determinants of health (e.g. housing and energy) and have climate change benefits: In the last 18 months, more than 1,600 houses in the poorest parts of Stockton-on-Tees (United Kingdom) have benefited from free energy efficiency measures to cut local carbon emissions and reduce fuel bills. As well as external cladding, many homes have also received new boilers, central heating systems and internal insulation (...)
18/03/2013

Links between Housing Situation, Noise Pollution & Adverse Health Effects


A recent pan-European study has reviewed the factors which influence how annoyed a person feels about road traffic and aircraft noise. Among its findings, residents in terraced housing or apartments were less annoyed by road traffic noise than residents in semi-detached or detached housing. People who are exposed to long-term noise may experience annoyance as well as health problems, including high blood pressure (hypertension). This study, conducted under the EU HYENA project [[HYENA (...)
11/03/2013

[Report] The Unpaid Health Bill - how is coal pollution making us sick?


How is coal pollution making us sick? is the latest Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) report launched on 7 March. The paper provides an overview of the scientific evidence of how air pollution impacts on health and how emissions from coal power plants are implicated in this. It presents the first ever economic assessment of the health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Europe as well as testimonies from leading health advocates, medical experts and policy (...)
07/03/2013

Involvement of civil society organisations crucial to effectively run EU funds, says EU-Commission


The European Commission responds to a civil society open letter by assuring its determination to defend the objectives of the European Code of Conduct on Partnership. In November 2012 the Platform of European Social NGOs sent an open letter to the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission supporting the proposal on the Partnership principle in the regulation on structural funds. The letter voiced concerns on a existing trend towards weakening participation of socio-economic and (...)
28/02/2013

[Save the date] Spotlight on Clean Air & Health


The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Health and Environmental Alliance (HEAL) focus on the connection between clean air and Health in an event hosted by Satu Hassi MEP (FI, the Greens) and co-hosted by Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu MEP (RO, S&D) in the European Parliament on 19 March 2013. You all are very welcomed to attend this event! You can register using this registration link The event will run from 18:00 in the Altiero Spinelli (ASP) building in room ASP 5E1 (...)
27/02/2013

EPHA Report on the Impact of the Crisis on the Population Mental Health


Economic crises such as the one Europe has been going through since late 2007 have a considerable impact on the society as a whole. Sky-rocking unemployment, the use and abuse of unhealthy substances, and mental illnesses are just some of the areas EPHA looked at in its just-released "Report on the impact of the crisis on the population mental health". “The economic crisis should not turn into a health crisis”, John Dalli, ex EU Commissioner in charge of health and consumer (...)
27/02/2013