At the return from the summer recess, EPHA held its 4th Annual Conference (Sept. 4-5), an official event of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, entitled “Brave New World: Inclusive Growth and Well-Being or Vested Interests and Lost Generations?’’
This year we brought together more than 30 high level speakers from all across Europe’s political leaders, health professions, experts and civil society along with several institutional actors and an audience of more than 200 people. The Conference addressed the current failure amongst European decision-makers to ensure that ordinary people, their health and well-being are sufficiently protected and promoted. As stated in the event’s press release, “as good health and high quality accessible healthcare are essential for economic and social development, the current economic situation should be an opportunity for action, not inaction.”
Our 4th Annual Conference also served to present EPHA Think Tank – EPHA Health Futures. As I highlighted in a recent media interview, the main objective of this new think tank is to provide an independent space for partners and actors within the health community to get together and talk about public health issues and how they are governed at European level.
In the same week we celebrated our 2013 Annual General Assembly (AGA). Among other decisions taken by the 50-strong participants representing several EPHA members, the EPHA Board 2013-2015 was elected. In particular, I would like to give a warm welcome to Peggy Maguire, new EPHA President. I would also like to thank Archie Turnbull, EPHA President until September and current Treasurer, for his determined commitment in providing leadership to EPHA over the last 4 years.
Just days after our annual event, EPHA expressed its deep concern over the decision taken by European Parliament (EP) to delay until 8 October the vote on the revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), scheduled for the assembly’s September plenary session. As soon as the postponement of the vote was announced, the media reported (see European Voice and The Guardian) an immense lobbying campaign by a tobacco giant to weaken the forthcoming TPD. EPHA calls on a strong TPD adopted without further delay that supports stronger measures to prevent young Europeans from taking up smoking and encourage millions of smokers to quit.
During the last few weeks, EPHA has launched several papers:
Monika Kosińska, EPHA Secretary General
Other highlights from previous weeks:
EPHA members can find the following new information in the members-only section: