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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 (...)
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.
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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, (...)
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.
EPHA recently highlighted its serious concerns about the possible modification of Spanish anti-tobacco legislation which would allow smoking in the proposed Las Vegas Sand - Eurovegas casinos in Madrid. In line with the EPHA open letter, having the support of several international organisations, the XQNS Grassroots Movement for Public Health calls for further action in the framework of a Global Initiative to protect the Spanish anti-tobacco legislation.
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Dear Prime Minister Rajoy Brey,
I am writing to you in response to reports that the Spanish government is considering modifying Spanish anti-tobacco legislation in order to allow smoking in the proposed Las Vegas Sand - Eurovegas casinos in Madrid.
Brussels, 9 July 2013 -These reports have raised serious concerns amongst the European and Spanish public health community, especially in the light of the ongoing discussions on the revision of European legislation aiming at strengthening the (...)
WHO has launched the "Research priority setting exercise: Health and Climate Change Agenda 2015-2025" survey - a unique opportunity to contribute to the debate on climate change and health research priorities: air quality and respiratory disease, cardiovascular diseases and stroke, heat- and weather-related morbidity, mental health, food vector and water borne diseases. The deadline of this survey is July 19th (Friday).
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Climate change is now widely considered to (...)
Currently, the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament is working on its own initiative report on re-industrialising Europe to promote competitiveness and sustainability. The Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee prepared an opinion drafted by Tadausz Cymanski MEP (EPP, Poland) and amendments to this draft opinion were tabled and will be voted on on 19 June. The question is now whether the ENVI Committee has taken (...)
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On 18 June EPHA, together with eight public health organisations, co-signed a public statement on the proposal for a revision of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The signatories urge European leaders to ensure that the TPD is speedily reviewed and updated.
The letter reads as follows:
As representatives of leading health, medical and non-governmental organisations we urge European leaders to ensure that the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive is speedily reviewed and updated. (...)
On June 11, the Plenary Session of the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of an initiative report on social housing in the European Union, drafted by Karima Delli MEP (France, Greens/European Free Alliance). European, local and regional representatives have meanwhile launched a petition for a European social housing action framework. In the same vein, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently published a new sectoral briefing on housing.
The EP report acknowledges the role (...)