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Civil Society Contact Group writes to EU Council for an EU Budget that meets peoples’ needs and EU responsabilities

The extraordinary November Summit will focus solely on the EU Budget. Heads of State will defend the budget lines that their countries receive funds from. In this context, members of the Civil Society Contact Group call for a re-prioritisation of EU funds to where they have the biggest impact on the environment, extreme poverty, and people living in Europe. The 22-23 November European Council is a crucial summit for ensuring that the next MFF delivers adequate financing for sustainable (...)

Water and sanitation are a human right!

There is a new short video to promote the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) for the right to water and sanitation- an initiative that sees the promotion of water supply and sanitation as essential public services for all. In the framework of the ECI, the aim of this campaign is to collect one million signatures from all over Europe. Video- Water is a Human Right Take a look, sign if you haven’t done so already, and forward the clip to all people you know and ask them to (...)

7th Environmental Action Programme: EPHA and HEAL meet the Environmental Attaché of the Irish Presidency

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 (...)

EPHA service

[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 (...)

Campaign Aiming at Collecting 1 Million Signatures for water and sanitation - Next steps

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 (...)

EU follow up on Rio + 20 calls for progress on the beyond GDP agenda

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.


European Parliament Public Health Committee votes on Serious Health Threats proposal

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 (...)

Active and Healthy Ageing: A Challenge for the EU to Create Age-Friendly Environments

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 (...)

The neglected health dimension of climate change in the UK

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 (...)

Workshop on pharmaceutical products and their impact on the environment from a public health perspective

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 (...)