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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 (...)

Feedback from the EFSA Stakeholder Consultative Group - 19 and 20 June 2012

After having attended the EFSA Consultative Stakeholder Group on 19 and 20 June 2012, EPHA wanted to inform its members about few noteworthy developments. In order to make its activities more visible and understandable to the general public, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently published a series of videos on the main themes the organisation is working on: "What is antimicrobial resistance?", "What is salmonella?", "Independent science". In June 2012, the European Public (...)

EU ministers call for better ways to measure progress and a green economy to promote health

World leaders, activists, and opinion-makers gathered in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 (20-22 June 2012). Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment was part of the delegation. Below you will find what the EU Council of Ministers called the EU delegation to develop and how health fit into the Rio+20 negotiation process and actions to include NCDs in the post-2105 development framework. Commissioner Potnick called for new (...)