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[NGO Statements] How to promote Health in the WHO European Region?

Vilnius, Lithuania, 14-17 September 2015 - Health ministers and high level representatives of the 53 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region, partner organisations and civil society, took part in the sixty-fifth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. Civil Society organisations - including EPHA - have issued several statements highlighting the importance of a better and more inclusive healthcare framework for Europe, access to skilled health workers (...)

EPHA Contribution to the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) Handbook for Trade Agreements

EPHA has recently contributed to the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) handbook for trade agreements. This guides organisations through the process of assessments necessary for their final reports. EPHA feels that the qualitative and quantitative analysis set out in this guide should have a specific chapter on public health, in line with the requirements of EU law (Health should be included into all EU policies (TFEU article 168)). The European Commission has decided to update its (...)

[EPHA Position] How to include Public Health into the EU Trade Policy Strategy?

The objective of the European Public Health Community is to protect and promote public health by ensuring policy and regulatory space for governments and the EU by incorporating flexibility: Improved well-being of people should be the primary objective of EU policies, and EU trade policy is regarded as a tool to achieve a number of public interest objectives, including, protection of public health, the environment and consumer interests. - EPHA Position How to include Public Health into (...)

[Conference Proceedings] TTIP - Increased Trade for Better Living?

To intensify the dialogue among civil society organisations, TTIP negotiators and political decision makers, Demeter International, in cooperation with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) organised the European policy conference “TTIP - Increased Trade for Better Living?" The event took place on 15-16 June under the umbrella of the Agricultural and Rural Convention (ARC 2020) and was hosted by the European and Economic Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. The conference aims (...)

[EHN-EPHA Joint Press Release] European Parliament safeguards health in TTIP, says No to ‘business as usual’ ISDS

Brussels, 8th July – Today, the European Parliament adopted its Initiative report with recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EPHA and EHN welcome the report as it includes vital safeguards for public health, and sends a clear signal that the controversial Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement system (ISDS) must be reformed. It is essential that EU trade agreements do not limit the ability of (...)

Public Health Omitted From Trade Policy Day - Key Public Health Demands

Brussels, 23 June 2015 - EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström held a European Trade Policy Day that brought together a broad spectrum of high-level speakers. Stakeholders from civil society, the European Parliament, trade unions, business and academia gathered to put forward their views and ideas on European trade policy. EPHA regrets the fact that the Commission did not pay attention to the public health impacts of trade and, in response, has formulated a list of key public health (...)

[Conference Conclusions] - TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?

This European policy conference took place on 15-16 June in Brussels and gathered more than 150 participants. It focused on the future of EU trade agreements, examining their impact on sustainable food, agriculture and public health. Our event was part of the ongoing constructive discussion about the impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the lives of Europeans with conference conclusions developed following plenary panel debates, in-depth thematic workshops (...)

[Demeter-EPHA Joint Press Release] TTIP – civil society raises concerns about impacts on Living

Brussels, 15 June - Civil society raised serious concerns about the impacts of TTIP on access to good food and health, as well as the risk of deterioration of environmental, agricultural and animal welfare standards yesterday, at an event organised by Demeter (1) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) (2), under the umbrella of ARC2020 (3), and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). "The EESC considers that full transparency and consultation with the EESC and civil (...)

[Event announcement] TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?

This conference, co-organised by Demeter International and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), will provide a discussion platform for negotiators, decision-makers and stakeholders to exchange views on civil society concerns about the possible implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on sustainable food and agriculture, public health and services, education and democracy. It will discuss visions of fair and sound international trade, develop ideas for (...)

[EPHA video] Health is not for trade

From Monday 20th April to Friday 24th April 2015, the 9th round of the EU and US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took place in New York where delegations have worked on three key pillars: market access, regulatory cooperation and rules. Overview about the 9th round of TTIP negotiations in New York The EU had tabled a revised EU proposal on horizontal regulatory cooperation that seeks to involve government regulators at the sub-central level. Both (...)

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