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With two major launches, April was an remarkable month in terms of chronic diseases developments - the Commission’s Consultation on the EU Reflection Process on Chronic Dises; and the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on a comprehensive global monitoring framework. EPHA responded to both consultations.
On 14 March 2012, the European Commission launched a Consultation on the EU Reflection Process on Chronic Disease aimed to gather initial inputs from stakeholders. (...)
food, diet and nutrition
tobacco and smoking
direct to consumer advertising
The European Court of Auditors, in its latest opinion on the Commissions’ four legislative proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), although recognising the efforts made to better this key policy, condemns the recommendations as unsatisfactory and ineffective.
European Court of Auditors’ full opinion on the CAP legislative proposals
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) states that the legislative framework of this policy still remains too complex and (...)
EPHA responded to the European Commission public consultation on “Delivering a more Sustainable Production and Consumption” highlighting that greater synergies between sectors are necessary, especially to address both sustainable development and social inequalities.
EPHA response to public consultation from DG Environment on Delivering More Sustainable Production and Consumption.
The main rationale behind participating in the consultation was the fact that sustainability is (...)
food, diet and nutrition
social determinants of health
Given over half the global population, includign more than a billion children live in urban areas, the newest UNICEF’s report on The State of the World’s Children puts a specific emphasis on the impact of urbanisation on children’s rights, health and well-being. While cities have long been associated with better employment, development and economic opportunities, for many they turned out be faced with increased inequalities, poverty, social and environmental deprivation. (...)
In a strong and tough report - presented to the UN Human Rights Council at its 19th session in March 2012, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food - Olivier de Schutter - explores the implications of the adequacy element of the right to food for agricultural policies and for the reshaping of the food systems.
The report The right to an adequate diet: the agriculture-food-health nexus is to deal with the triple challenge we face today - that of the role of agrifood systems (from (...)
22 March 2012 - On the occasion of the World Water Day, EPHA encourages policy makers and citizens alike to join and sign the first European petition on Water and Sanitation asking for the European Union to help achieve universal access to water and sanitation within and outside the European Union. The signatures’ collection should be officially launched at the end of April 2012.
The objectives of the campaign, led by EPSU and joined by EPHA is to guarantee water and sanitation (...)
The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has published a call for tender, asking for applicants to submit a quote for services in relation to specialist advice on food, agriculture, the Common Agricultural Policy and other fiscal measures in relation to agricultural production.
The services will involve advising EPHA on legal, political and public processes and campaigns in relation to agricultural and food policy. Interested parties should contact the Secretariat for further (...)
The European Commission has released a new paper that looks at the costs and benefits of greater climate action. It shows that moving from the current 2020 target of a 20% cut in emissions to a 30% cut is cheaper than expected and that massive fuel savings, huge health benefits and many new jobs are expected.
Apart from saving us money in these times of economic crisis, a stronger target to clean up and modernize the European economy will:
Save an extra € 20 billion of fuel (...)
The European Union currently reviews the Energy Efficiency Directive to step up Member States efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain – from the transformation of energy and its distribution to its final consumption. EPHA makes proposals on the public health gains or negative impact of such a Directive.
On 22 June 2011, a new set of measures for increased Energy Efficiency was proposed by the European Commission to fill the gap and put back the EU on (...)
The newly published report from the WHO Center on Environment and Health (ECEH) assessing environmental health inequalities in Europe, emphasizes that interventions to tackle them need to be based on an assessment of their magnitude and on the identification of population groups that are most exposed or most vulnerable to environmental risks.
WHO Europe Report: Environmental health inequalities in Europe. Assessment report.
In the WHO European Region one citizen out of five dies from (...)