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EPHA contribution to the Commisison consultation on Urban Mobility

EPHA strongly believes that urban mobility policies have a considerable impact on the population’s health and that the current EU framework represents an opportunity to fight against the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases now and in the future. EPHA shared its concerns and suggestions for future improvement in its contribution to the Commission consultation on the implementation of the Action Plan on Urban Mobility. While the European Commission Action Plan on Urban Mobility (...)

EPHA position on the EU Citizenship Rights

EPHA 2012 position on the EU Citizenship Rights contributes to the ongoing European Commission public consultation on EU Citizens’ Rights, "EU Citizens - your rights, your future" by focusing on the implications of citizenship on the public health dimension of people’s daily and professional lives. Time-wise, it is also a good opportunity for EPHA to contribute to the upcoming 2013 European Year of Citizens. EPHA 2012 position on the EU Citizenship Rights - based on the (...)

Water is a Human Right campaign - Sign online!

The European citizens’ initiative ‘Water is a Human Right!’ is now collecting signatures online. The campaign is a pan-European initiative calling for the European Union (EU) to guarantee clean drinking water and quality sanitation for everyone living in Europe - a window of opportunity to support a cause worth advocating for… and it only takes your signature. “Water is not a commodity but a public good that must be safeguarded, not opened up to (...)

Addressing the social determinants of health: the urban dimension and the role of local government

In a recent report, World Health Organization (WHO) Europe summarizes the evidence on the social determinants of health and the built environment, and in particular to the role of local government across countries in the WHO European Region. The paper, entitled ’Addressing the social determinants of health: the urban dimensions and the role of local government, argues that through their leadership,’ argues that local government has a profound role to play in cross-sectoral (...)

European Urban Health Conference - Amsterdam, September 12th-14th 2012

The EURO-URHIS 2 consortium, an urban health monitoring and analysis system to inform policy, is organising the European Urban Health Conference. The event will be held at the Felix Meritis facilities in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on September 12th-14th 2012. Conference’s programme The Conference includes a number of high-level lectures and guest speakers like: . Amit Prasad, World Health Organisation, Kobe Centre, Japan . Dr Megumi Kano, World Health Organisation, Kobe Centre, (...)

Citizens Initiative to repeal climate change package

In early August the European Commission admitted an European Citizens Initiative (ECI) proposal to “Suspend the 2009 EU Climate & Energy Package- the EU’s plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and to increase the use of renewable energy by 2020. The objective of the initiative aims to halt “further climate regulations until a climate agreement is signed by major CO2 emitters - China, USA, and India. The organisers can now start collecting the one million (...)

EPHA position on the European Commission’s 7th Environment Action Programme

In June 2012 EPHA took part in the European Commission public consultation on the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP), to operate from July 2012. In its position EPHA emphasized the vital need to consider and promote health and equality issues, in particular the need to tackle overconsumption and inequalities in access and distribution of resources considered as public goods. 2012 EPHA Policy Position on the EU environment policy priorities for 2020: Towards the 7th Environment Action (...)

Report shows huge differences in municipal waste management across EU Member States

In its new report the European Commission highlights the continuing differences in municipal waste management across the EU Member States (MSs). Many MSs still landfill their municipal waste to great environmental and public health concerns. The Commission is to use the results of this study to develop a Roadmap helping the worst MS improve their management performance. According to the study, the worst performing Member States with the greatest waste management failings are Bulgaria, (...)

CAP reform towards 2020 – has it delivered what stakeholders expected?

The European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium, of which EPHA is a member, has strongly reacted to Commissioner Ciolos question on whether the CAP reform has delivered what civil society demanded of it: They have told him that "We are about to miss a huge opportunity to align European agriculture and food policy to meet the challenges of food for good health!" “We are about to miss a huge opportunity to align European agriculture and food policy to meet the challenges of food (...)

Latest Commission’s figures on tobacco now available

The European Commission published its latest Eurobarometer study on attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco. The document provides up-to-date figures on tobacco-related issues particularly relevant in view of the forthcoming Commission proposal for a revision of the Tobacco Products Directive. EPHA has compiled some of the key findings of the study: Tobacco consumption in the EU 28% of the European population smokes, 695 000 deaths per year in the EU, smoking costs: a minimum of (...)