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Council discusses merging of EU School Fruit and Milk Scheme and adopts conclusions on fruit and vegetables


On 17-18 June, the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the European Union (EU) discussed progress made on the proposals for regulations merging the aid scheme for the supply of fruit, vegetables and milk in educational settings. The Council also adopted its Conclusions on the fruit and vegetable sector since the 2007 reform. The Presidency presented its progress report on the Commission proposals for regulations merging the schemes for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk (...)
22/07/2014

EU Court of Auditors slams EU CAP wine promotion budget as waste of taxpayers money


1 July, 2014 - A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that the need for an investment and promotion measures specific to the wine sector is not justified. The sector already enjoys support from the rural development programme. From a public health perspective, taxpayers money channeled to production and promotion of alcohol is a clear clash with EU policies designed and implemented to reduce alcohol consumption in Europe and beyond. One of EPHA’s (...)
01/07/2014

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 (...)
22/04/2014

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 (...)
04/02/2014

[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; (...)
20/11/2013

[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 (...)
18/11/2013

[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 (...)
27/06/2013

[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 (...)
27/06/2013

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 (...)
13/06/2013

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 (...)
29/05/2013