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Call for clean air

EPHA has co-signed this letter to MEPs which highlights the importance of an upcoming plenary vote on the air quality of Europe and refers to the health implications of this law being passed. Open letter to MEPs - Call for clean air (pdf) CALL FOR CLEAN AIR 28 October Plenary vote on the NEC Directive 23 October 2015 Dear Member of the European Parliament, Clean air - everywhere - for European (...)

Is Europe food secure?

Food security is a major public health concern. While usually framed as a ’developing countries’ issue only, it is high time to start looking at the European situation as well. From the environmental and agronomic perspectives, Europe may well be undermining its ability to be food secure in the future. From a public health point of view, we can even doubt whether food security is achieved at this very day. This month EPHA participated in the panel of a joint European (...)

Pharmaceutical supply chains: what action is being taken?

EPHA, together with US consumer organisation SumOfUs and UK-based Ethical Consumer, has co-signed letters to some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, asking for information on their sources of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and their production practices. The recent report, ’Bad Medicine’ published by SumOfUs, provides the context for the letters. It exposes the fact that a number of large pharmaceutical companies are sourcing antibiotic ingredients (...)

Climate change set to undermine 50 years of gains in global health

"The implications of climate change for a global population of 9 billion people threaten to undermine the last half century of gains in development and global health." This alarming finding by The Lancet illustrates how profoundly climate change threatens human health and well-being. While this may be very unsettling, the upside is that many forms of behavioural change favour both public health and climate change prevention. A transition towards such patterns of behaviour creates vast (...)

[Letter to MEPs] Call for Clean Air

Ahead of the 15 July vote in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the revised National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive report, more than 60 health, environmental and animal welfare organisations signed a letter containing recommendations to MEPs for ambitious EU action that will benefit people’s health, the environment and the economy. Letter to ENVI MEPs - CALL FOR CLEAN AIR (pdf) Dear Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) (...)

EPHA welcomes the WHO resolution on health impacts of air pollution

The 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place between 18 and 26 May in Geneva, where key stakeholders met to discuss among other things, the health impact of air pollution, the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the health and humanitarian crisis in Nepal following the recent earthquake, environmental contaminants and the importance of health at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015. As part of the conclusions, delegates adopted a resolution to deal with the health (...)

WHO: Climate change inaction will cost lives

According to WHO predictions, climate change will cause an increase in annual heat related deaths of elderly people in Europeto 27,000 by 2050, if decisive policy action is not taken at the Paris Climate Confernce this year. At the mid-term review of the European Environment and Health Process held in Haifa, Isreal on 28–30 April 2015, the WHO reported that heatwaves, vector-borne diseases and allergic disorders are among the main climate change related health issues already (...)

Air Pollution: Are EU Policy Makers Aware of the Danger for Public Health?

While experts highlight the health effects and economic costs of air pollution, the European Commission is planning to amend the air quality proposal which is likely to have significant benefits for health right across Europe. In considering modifications to the EU clean air package, the European Commission has an opportunity to promote prevention and to consider people’s health. Parliament Hearing to present scientific evidence on EU air quality policy At the public hearing (...)

[Joint statement] EU trade secrets directive threat to health, environment, free speech and worker mobility

17 December 2014, Amsterdam - Multi-sectoral NGO coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers. We strongly oppose the hasty push by the European Commission and Council for a new European Union (EU) directive on trade secrets because it contains: An unreasonably broad definition of ’trade secrets’ that enables almost anything within a company to be deemed as such; Overly-broad protection for companies, that could (...)

Health groups express dismay at potential withdrawal of EU Clean Air Policy Package

Brussels, 18 November 2014 - Today, public health, patients’, and medical organisations sent a letter to EU Commission President Juncker expressing their dismay at any consideration to withdraw the EU Clean Air Policy Package, as presented by EU Environment and Health Commissioners Potocnik and Borg in December 2013. The letter calls on President Juncker to keep the proposal and work with the European Parliament and Council to ensure a swift and ambitious adoption. You can download (...)

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