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European NGOs on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Delegated Acts

Against the background of the meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH) on 10 April, where European Agriculture Ministers aligned with the European Parliament and the European Commission’s proposed CAP Delegated Acts, 11 European food and farming NGOs (including EPHA) sent an open letter to the Greek Presidency and the European Commission calling on the EU and national leaders to ensure that the CAP delegated acts and implementation of new rural development (...)

NOURISHING: World Cancer Research Fund International’s Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets

The World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF), an EPHA member organisation, has just published NOURISHING - an updated version of its Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets. This publication places policies into three broad and interlinked domains: food environment, food systems and behaviour change communication. To develop an effective response to unhealthy eating, governments should implement policy actions from all of the ten policy areas. These actions can be developed and (...)

[European Parliament Plenary - November 2013] Final vote on the Common Agricultural Policy legislative proposals

At this week’s plenary meeting in Strasbourg (18-21 November 2013), the European Parliament (EP) voted on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) legislative proposals. Four reports - on Direct Payments, Single Common Market Organisation (CMO), Horizontal Measures, and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - presented a set of demands from democratically elected representatives of EU citizens on the CAP and its direction to steer what food; where and how is to be produced; (...)

[6th European Antibiotic Awareness Day] Summary: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s event

On 15 November, the 2013 European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) was once again put in the spotlight in Brussels by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and partners through a dedicated conference and social media event, highlighting its key messages on prudent antibiotic use. At the same time, worrying new developments in the areas of antibiotics consumption and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) were brought into light to emphasise the urgent need for more (...)

[Joint press release] EU Presidencies’ statement shows firm leadership and commitment on tobacco

Ireland and Lithuania, the outgoing and incoming Presidencies of the Council of the European Union respectively, reaffirmed last week their strong support to the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). In their statement (1), the Presidencies stress the window of opportunity that the current update of the TPD presents to prevent young Europeans from taking up smoking and encouraging millions of smokers to quit. Brussels, 27 June 2013 – As the Irish and Lithuanian Ministers of (...)

[EPHAC press release] Lost opportunity to recognise public health and nutrition dimension of European farming and rural development policy

27 June, Brussels -The European Parliament, the EU Council of Ministers and the European Commission have reached an agreement on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2013 (1). The new EU Farming Policy was intended to lead to far-reaching changes: making direct payments fairer and greener, strengthening the position of farmers within the food production chain and making the CAP more efficient and more transparent. In 2010, the European Commission announced its vision for (...)

Clock is ticking in the run up to historic CAP reform deal

By 26 June, the Irish Presidency of the Council of European Union intends to strike a deal on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform for the years 2014-2020. After 20 months of tough negotiation, how likely is the CAP and crops its supposed to produce to contribute to public health objectives of improved health outcomes and reduced health inequalities? In 2010, the European Commission announced its vision for "the CAP towards 2020" with the inclusion of public health and healthy (...)

EPHA co-signs open letter on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to EU Commissioner for Health and Consumers

Published on 29 May 2013 -Antimicrobial resistance is still the cause of 25 000 deaths in the European Union (EU). EPHA, along with 20 other organisations, has written a letter to the EU Commissioner for Health and Consumers to draw attention to the need to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock production. Even if the 2011 EU Commission’s 12- point action plan showed a great commitment to reduce the level of vancomycin-resistant enterococci, a bacterial strain, in farm animals (...)

[EPHAC response] Review of the CAP schemes providing agricultural products to school children

This article is a contribution to DG Agriculture public consultation on the Review of the CAP Schemes Providing Agricultural Products to School Children EPHAC response to CONSULTATION ON THE REVIEW OF THE CAP SCHEMES PROVIDING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS TO SCHOOL CHILDREN EPHAC response is based on our reflection on the Commission’s consultation background documents. Summary: EPHAC welcomes the opportunity to provide the European Commission with input from a public health angle in (...)

[EPT] CAP reform – new regulations - Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) revision for 2014-2020

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) revision for 2014-2020 The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is due to be reformed by 2013. After a wide-ranging public debate the Commission presented on 18 November 2010 a Communication on "The CAP towards 2020", which outlines options for the future CAP and launched the debate with the other institutions and with stakeholders. On 12 October 2011 the Commission presented a set of legal proposals designed to make the CAP a more effective policy for a more (...)