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At the end of November, the Commission will publish its proposal for the next (7th) Environmental Action Programme (EAP). It will be on the agenda of the Irish Presidency of the EU. EPHA and the Health & Environmental Alliance (HEAL) met with the Irish environmental attaché on 8 November 2012.
Relevance of the Environment Action Programmes for the public health community
Environment in a larger sense has a huge influence on public health since it is not merely a matter of water, air (...)
[Update] Audiovisual Media Service Directive Implementation report adopted by the European Parliament
7th EAP- General Action Programme - THE 7TH ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME (EAP) (updated on 18 March 2013)
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – EP report - EU-wide plan to tackle the proliferation of AMR (updated on 7 November 2013)
CAP reform – new regulations - Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) revision for 2014-2020 (updated on 5 April 2013)
Car noise pollution - new EU (...)
Air Quality and Air Pollution
tobacco and smoking
Pharmaceuticals and Medicines
Vaccines and Immunization
poverty and health
council of the european union
social determinants of health
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On October 24, and within the framework of the European Federation of Public Service Unions-led "Water is a human right!" campaign, EPHA participated in this initiative’s coordinators meeting.
What is a European Citizens’ initiative (ECI)?
The European citizens’ initiative is a new legal tool which allows one million EU citizens to participate directly and in a legally binding manner in the development of special (for example, public health) EU policies.
What does it (...)
The European Parliament’s Environment Council adopted its Conclusions on Rio+20, “Outcome and follow-up”, on 25 October 2012. Furthermore, EPHA welcomes the commitment from the Council of Ministers to move forward with the “Beyond GDP Agenda” and the recognition of health towards achieving sustainable development.
On Wednesday 10 October 2012 the European Parliament’s Committee for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted to adopt the draft report prepared by MEP Gilles Pargneaux (S&D, France) on serious cross border threats to health. The report makes a number of amendments to the European Commission’s proposal for a Decision of the Parliament and the Council, but broadly supports the Commission’s aims and objectives.
The Commission proposal seeks to extend (...)
EPHA participated in a workshop dedicated to Active and Healthy Ageing which took place in the European Parliament on 8 October 2012. The event’s speakers highlighted the importance of building the right physical environment, social factors and the health literacy in respect of having a healthy and active old age.
The hosting MEP, Ms. Katika Tamara LIOTARD (NL-GUE/NGL), highlighted the need to see the issue of healthy ageing as a policy issue, stressing the European year for Active (...)
According to a recent report published by the British Health Protection Agency (HPA), the health risks from climate change in the UK may have serious public health impacts in the country.
"Every century has its own public health challenges - climate change is our century’s challenge," said Dr Margaret Chan, Director General WHO
“There is no doubt that climate change poses a wide range of challenges to public health in the UK ... from increased risks of heatwaves through to (...)
On 19 September 2012, BIO IS (Intelligent Service) organised a technical workshop (attended by EPHA) on the legislative and non-legislative factors influencing the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment. According to two recent pieces of legislation (Directive 2010/84/EU and (Regulation 1235/2010/EU) on the applicable rules on pharmaceuticals, the pollution of waters and soils with pharmaceutical residues is not only an emerging environmental problem - it may also have a significant (...)
On 14 September 2012 (the day after the Health & Environment Alliance’s (HEAL) Annual General Assembly (AGA), a special workshop was organised in Brussels to highlight the growing body of science and tools related to endocrine disruptors (EDCs) and chronic diseases. It also stressed the important contribution that health groups are making in this critical area of human health.
Chronic Diseases and endocrine disruptors (EDCs)
Objectives of the workshop were:
To facilitate (...)
Last September 13, and on the margins of the Health & Environment Alliance’s (HEAL) Annual General Assembly (AGA), a workshop was dedicated to the air quality situation in Europe. Indoor and outdoor air quality, air pollution, and children’s health and air quality measured on the spot were on the agenda.
Why did the Health & Environment Alliance’s (HEAL) decide to put Air quality at the top of its priorities?
While there have been some (...)