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16/07/2014

EPHA Consultation response on ISDS in TTIP

16 July 2014 - EPHA advocates that Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) should be excluded from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement and future trade agreements due to the risks of abuse, and to postpone or delay legislation. The risks for public health policy from ISDS are greater than potential benefits. The Commission should prove that ISDS is justified and that proportionate measures to protect both investment and public health policy can be put in (...)
25/07/2014

[Press statement] EPHA calls on new Commission president to put people’s needs first

15 July 2014 –The European Parliament has confirmed Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. EPHA would like to congratulate Mr Juncker for the confirmation and urges him to commit his 2014-2019 mandate to the health and well-being of people living in Europe. “Health is one of the main concerns of people living in Europe. Bringing the activities of the European Union in line with people’s priorities is essential to creating a union that serves (...)
16/07/2014

[Joint press statement] TTIP group members urge Commission to drop business v state dispute resolution

Brussels, 14 July 2014 - Following the end of the public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the EU-US free trade negotiations (known as TTIP), the European Environmental Bureau, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and Transport & Environment call on the Commission to exclude ISDS from TTIP and to publish all contributions. The EEB, EPHA and T&E are members of the EU’s TTIP advisory group representing civil society. The consultation is a key (...)
8/07/2014

[Europe+] Open Letter to new Members of the European Parliament

Brussels, 8 July 2014 – Today marks the official launch of Europe+ (Civil Society for the Renewal of European Democracy), a broad grass-roots alliance which brings together over 40 organisations from civil society calling for renewed and better functioning democracy in the EU. Founded over the past year, during a time when Europe has been facing testing political and economic challenges, Europe+ is being officially launched at the European Parliament. A transparent and inclusive (...)
21/07/2014

Mr Juncker, Commission president-nominated, and his EPP priorities on health and social issues

7 July 2014 - After days of tough negotiations, the European Council of EU Heads of State and Government decided to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. As the initial block of countries who opposed Juncker was finally reduced to Hungary and most strongly, the UK, the fear that the next Commission President would not be the candidate for the most voted for political group in the last EU elections faded away. Even Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister, (...)
4/07/2014

[Press release] A win for transparency: EPHA calls for TTIP negotiating documents to be opened to public scrutiny

4 July, Brussels – Yesterday the European Court of Justice ruled (1) that access to documents relating to international activity would not be automatically exempt from EU transparency requirements. This decision opens the possibility for the European Commission to make public papers relating to the EU-US trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EPHA welcomes the ruling and calls for the release of all TTIP documents into the public sphere and for the (...)
8/07/2014

[Open letter] Europe + message to new European Parliament

Brussels, 1st of July 2014 - The European Parliament election results demonstrate a strong desire for change. From today you, as a new representative of the European people, have the opportunity to turn a new page, make daring political choices and propose institutional changes that will bring the EU closer to its citizens. If you don’t act now, others will take the opportunity to intigate negative reform. To the Members of the European Parliament Successive EU treaties have (...)
18/06/2014

[Joint press statement] The European Commission must not trade off our crown jewels when negotiating the EU-US trade and investment deal

17 June 2014, Brussels – Today, the Social Platform together with SOLIDAR, the European Federation of Public Services Union (EPSU) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) organised a debate on the ‘possible impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on social and health services’ (1). During the discussion, it became clear that the TTIP could have a detrimental impact on essential public services such as social and health services. (...)
19/06/2014

Contribution of EPHA to European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Civil Society Liaison Group, Europe 2020 mid-term review

EPHA has been playing an important role in the liaison groups’ contribution to the Europe 2020 mid-term review within the framework of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Civil Society Liaison Group. “Europe 2020 is the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade. In a changing world, we want the EU to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. These three mutually reinforcing priorities should help the EU and Member States deliver high levels of (...)
4/06/2014

The European Commission releases country-specific recommendations for 2014

On 2 June, the Commission released the 2014 Country Specific Recommendations for 26 out of the 28 EU Member States. According to the European Commission growth has returned to the European Union (EU); public finances and macroeconomic imbalances continue to improve; and there is a modest rise in employment rates. The Commission proposes to continue to adopt structural reforms to keep the growth momentum - a strategy criticised by civil society actors that see the traditional growth model (...)

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