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On 24-25 March 2014 in Brussels EPHA launches the second part of its 6th 2013-2014 Professional Development Programme (PDP). This programme aims to train those new to the ’EU bubble’ to get an introduction to the European Union and more particularly to European health advocacy.
EPHA PDP 2014 provides a chance for young professionals working primarily in health-related organisations or civil society organisations to:
Build up the advocacy skills that make a successful (...)
The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) held its launch event in the European Parliament on 4 February 2014, which marked the Coalition’s manifesto for the European Parliament elections. The manifesto presented in an event hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE) and co-hosted by MEP Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, IT) and MEP Catherine Stihler (S&D, UK) calls on the European Parliament to use its significant powers to improve the lives of people (...)
Three years after the Regulation establishing the European citizens’ initiative (ECI) , the "Right2water" initiative was presented on 17 February at a public hearing in the European Parliament. There was a cross-party agreement on the merits of such a positive active movement coming from citizens and so clearly expressing participatory democracy. It is now up to the Commission to come up with a concrete legislative proposal by 20 March 2014.
After having received 1,680,172 valid (...)
Brussels, 17 February - The first ever European Citizens Initiative (ECI) met Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commission services to discuss implementation of the demands of the ECI Right2water campagin in European legislation after having received 1,680,172 supportive signatures. As 13 countries had collected the minimum number of necessary signatures, the representatives of the Citizens’ Committee demanded that the European Commission recognise and implement the (...)
EPHA Working Groups enable EPHA members to discuss regular public health-related issues of importance at an EU level. These Working Groups are composed of a mailing list and ’physical’ meetings.
Participation from abroad will be facilitated through a teleconferencing system to allow members that would like to be more active but cannot travel to Brussels to join in the Working Groups.
Please let the corresponding Working Group (WG) organiser know to which group you want to be (...)
On 7 January the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament started a hearing regarding the consequences of Troika policies on the Member States affected by the bailout (Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus).
This Committee has drafted a report that voices concerns about the negative social implications on the populations of these countries, especially the most vulnerable. Social benefits, wages and health expenditure among other things have been drastically (...)
This week EPHA launched a weekly news feed about the latest developments around the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US and the potential negative effect it may have on public health outcomes on both sides of the Atlantic.
To learn more about this topic, you can read: [EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health?
This digest will primarily focus on (...)
Brussels, 9 January 2014 - Ten leading European Public Health, Transparency and Environment NGOs, including EPHA, signed an open letter which highlights serious concerns with the mechanism called the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) that risks becoming part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This letter has been published on[Euractive’s website.
The European Commission has repeatedly promised civil society that the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and (...)
On 3 December 2013, Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Linda McAvan (S&D) and Carl Schlyter (Greens) hosted a debate in the European Parliament on the 514 cases that corporations have brought against governments. Some of the examples presented included the international tobacco giant Philip Morris suing the governments of Uruguay and Australia for introducing plain cigarette packaging. This debate is particularly relevant in light of current negotiations between the EU and the (...)
The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) joins its member organisation Eurocare -the international NGO that represents NGOs on Alcohol Policy across the EU- to contribute initial ideas as the new EU Action Plan begins to be drafted. EPHA members and partners commit to actively participating in the consultation process in developing the final version of the plan and outline priorities areas.
EPHA and Eurocare argue that the new EU Action Plan needs to complement the WHO “European (...)