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7/08/2014

EPHA to advise DG Agriculture on public health related issues of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as part of new Civil Dialogue Groups system

The Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission announced its decision on the composition of civil dialogue groups, dealing with matters relevant to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EPHA was awarded membership in all advisory groups applied for, making it possible to voice its long-standing commitment to advancing a public health approach to European food production systems. Meetings will take place from September 2014. The (...)
22/07/2014

EPHA signs up to joint-statement on Conflict of Interest - UN General Assembly review on non-communicable disease (NCDs) review

As UN General Assembly renewed commitments to tackle non-communicable disease (NCDs) at its meeting in New York on 10 and 11 July, more than 160 international non-profit public interest groups and experts (including EPHA) submitted a joint statement calling for public health legal safeguards. The statement related to commercial trade agreements safeguards and protections against conflicts of interest in the policy development and agenda-setting of government organisations, especially (...)
21/08/2014

[Save the date] Scotland the Brave! - Alcohol Policy in Scotland

A seminar to discuss and explore Scotland’s innovative Alcohol Policies, including an update on the battle to implement Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP). Side event of the EPHA 5th Annual Conference, 4-5 September 2014 “Tectonic tensions - wealthy Europe`s fear of commitment” In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) to tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other European wine and (...)
8/07/2014

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 (...)
25/06/2014

[EPHA Briefing] Self- and Co-Regulation in the field of Public Health in the EU (update)

3 June 2014 - As the second meeting of DG CONNECT’s Community of Practice (CoP) on self- and co-regulation convenes today to discuss its vision and ’identify success factors of self- and co-regulatory actions’, EPHA launches an update of its Briefing on Self- and Co-regulation in the field of Public Health in the EU. The briefing aims to give EPHA members an essential overview of ’alternative regulatory mechanisms’ such as self- and co-regulation, the (...)
26/05/2014

[Save the date] The 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference

The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare), an EPHA member organisation, is pleased to announce that the 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference will take place on 27 and 28 November 2014 in Brussels. Registration is now open. Eurocare had the honour to organise the 4th European Alcohol Policy Conference in June 2010. Building on that success we hope that the 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference will prove a timely catalyst for action for alcohol policy in Europe. The main aim of (...)
26/05/2014

Alcohol Minimum Unit Price case to be decided by European courts

The Court of Session, Scotland’s supreme civil court, has today referred their Alcohol Minimum Unit Price (MUP) Act to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling. This follows an appeal from the alcohol industry to last year’s verdict on the matter. In May 2012, The Scottish Parliament passed the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act, setting a 50p minimum unit price (MUP) as part of an effort to tackle alcohol misuse. The Scotch Whisky Association (...)
24/04/2014

WHO Europe Guidance for addressing inequities in health

While population health indicators have improved across Europe overall, this improvement has not been experienced equally everywhere, or by all. In this one of a series of policy briefs, World Health Organization (WHO) Europe presents practical actions to address health inequities, especially in relation to tobacco, alcohol, obesity and injury - the public health challenges facing Europe. With these policy briefs, policy-makers and public health professionals are equipped with the tools (...)
23/04/2014

Nutrition in European Parliament’s Motion for Resolution on Gastronomic Heritage

This newly adopted motion for a resolution drafted by Santiago Fisas Ayxela MEP (EPP, ES) from the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Culture and Education calls for improved food literacy among the European population through full realisation of cultural and educational aspects of the European gastronomic heritage. The report makes strong links between food and nutrition, education and health-related issues, notably poor-diet related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). However, it also (...)
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 (...)

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