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7/04/2014

[EU-US trade agreement] Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) consultation: A missed opportunity?

On 27 March, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation on the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter within the context of the Transatlantic (ie EU-US) Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Weeks earlier, the EU Trade Commissioner put a halt to the negotiations over the ISDS due to mounting criticism from civil society groups and the European Parliament (EP). 07 April 2014 - This consultation has been presented by the EC as a solution to increase transparency (...)
4/04/2014

[EPHA comments] First EU Summit on Chronic Diseases

The first EU Summit on Chronic Diseases took place in Brussels during the 3rd and 4th of April. Peggy Maguire, EPHA president, delivered a key note speech. In this article we have pulled out the main messages of her speech. Among other key topics, the first EU summit on chronic diseases discussed medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health; ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases; and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases. (...)
4/04/2014

[EPHA position] Roma Health in Europe - Summary

One of the most universally disadvantaged communities living in Europe is the Roma. The great majority of the estimated 10-12 million Roma population in the continent is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum: they suffer worse health than the other populations in the countries due to their higher exposure to the range of unfavourable factors that influence health. Due to the multiplicity of their discrimination and social exclusion, the inequalities faced by the Roma (...)
31/03/2014

European Commission launches new action plan to fight HIV/AIDS

On March 14th, 2014 the European Commission (EC) presented the new Action Plan (AP) on HIV/AIDS in EU and neighboring countries for 2014-2016, which builds on the achievements of the previous Action Plan 2009-2013. The EC highlights the importance of keeping HIV/AIDS high on the political agenda and focus on HIV prevention and awareness-raising to tackle risk behaviour, as well as early and affordable treatment and care. At EPHA we consider that the inclusion of affordable treatment in (...)
3/04/2014

Public health community encourages European Commission to "revive" scientific group of Alcohol Forum

On March 20, EPHA along with UEG, EASL, Eurocare and the Royal College of Physicians wrote an open letter welcoming the initiative by the European Commission to reframe and potentially expand the competences of the EU Alcohol Health Forum (EAHF). The Forum, which aims at providing scientific advice and guidance on matters under alcohol research, has been inactive for about two years. However, we believe that the EAHF can play an important role in breaking through the status quo by (...)
27/03/2014

[Water is a Human Right!] 4 out of 5 European Commission President Candidates commit themselves to implement the Human Right to Water Campaign

Brussels 26 March 2014 - The European Commission responded to the first successful European Citizens Initiative with a Communication on March 19th. With less than 60 days to go before the European elections, the Citizens’ Committee has approached all candidates to the European Commission Presidency to ask for a commitment to implement the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the next legislature. The ECI organisers were critical of the Commission’s response as it lacked clear (...)
27/03/2014

[Water is a Human Right!] Commissio​n lacks ambition in replying to first European Citizens’ Initiative​

19 March 2014, Brussels - The European Commission (EC) published a Communication today that gives its official response to the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) which called on the EC “to implement the human right to water and sanitation in European law.” In the Communication, the European Commission does recall the importance of the human right to water and sanitation and states the importance of water as a public good and fundamental value and that (...)
27/03/2014

Election Manifestos of EU political groups - what they mean for public health

With the Elections for the European Parliament around the corner, most of the political groups of the European Parliament have already nominated their Commissioner Candidates and launched their manifestos (see EPHA’s manifesto). We have taken this opportunity to analyse the groups’ views on health-related issues. Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (PES) The PES group aims to “build a Europe that leaves no one behind (...)
28/03/2014

[EPHA Professional Development Programme - Spring 2014] EU health advocacy training

On 24-25 March 2014 in Brussels EPHA launched 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 (...)
28/02/2014

[Event report] Launch of the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) & its Manifesto for the European Elections

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 (...)

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