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Brussels, 5 March 2014 – Today, the European Commission released its Communication on the Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy (1) in what de facto launches the debate on the priorities for the European Union 2015-2020. Coinciding with this release, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) launched today its manifesto to the European Parliament Elections (2). In its manifesto, EPHA urges Members of the European Parliament (MEP) candidates to put health at the heart of the European (...)
Brussels, 26 February 2014 — Today, the European Parliament endorsed an agreement for a new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the Council last December (1). “This vote comes not a moment too soon given the challenges in reaching the adoption of the Tobacco Products Directive. The European Public Health Alliance hopes this will encourage Member States to strengthen their tobacco control measures, following examples from progressive global leaders in tobacco (...)
Brussels, 23 January 2014 — Today, the Irish parliament, the Oireachtas, launched a consultation on a draft public health bill that introduces standardised tobacco packaging. If the bill passes, Ireland will become the first EU Member State—the second country in the world after Australia—to ban branding from tobacco product packaging.
The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has sent (1) an open letter to the Oireachtas’ Chair of the Committee on Health and (...)
18 December 2013, Brussels –The European Council, via the heads and deputy of mission from the EU member states (so-called COREPER), has today endorsed (1) an agreement for the new EU Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) reached by the European Parliament and the European Council on Monday.
This deal will make tobacco packages less attractive so fewer people start smoking, in particular young people who have been heavily targeted by the tobacco industry in recent years. Crucially, the (...)
Sustainable Health Systems for Inclusive Growth in Europe. Lithuanian Presidency conference issues urgent call for action for immediate moves to protect Europe’s healthcare systems
Vilnius (Lithuania) 21 November 2013 – Austerity cuts have put Europe’s healthcare systems under severe pressure, increasing health inequalities and threatening sustainability in the future.
Now, European governments and the European Union need to take immediate action to prevent further (...)
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Brussels, 20 November 2013 - Following the news that a number of Eurocare members and EPHA partners representing young people have withdrawn from the European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF) (1), a number of inaccurate claims have been made by the alcohol industry to undermine an ambitious future EU Action Plan on alcohol-related harm and NGO commitments to achieve this.
In several media articles, alcohol industry representatives (2) have attempted to misrepresent the reasons why these (...)
Brussels, 18 November – Today marks the 6th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (1), an initiative to raise awareness on antibiotic resistance (AMR), one of today’s most serious public health threats not only in Europe but worldwide. Over recent decades, growing mobility of the global population has increased the risk and incidence of cross-border diseases, and antimicrobials have been instrumental in preventing and treating such infections.
AMR results from the overuse or (...)
Brussels, 13 November – The 4th Annual Growth Survey (AGS), setting out what the European Commission believes must be the EU’s priorities for the coming 12 months in terms of economic, budgetary policies and reforms to boost growth and employment, was released on November 13.(1) The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes recognition of: the need to tackle the social consequences of the crisis; ensuring the financial sustainability of social protection and healthcare (...)
24 October, Brussels – On Tuesday, the plenary sitting of the European Parliament saw a heated debate around the draft report on the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) (1) put forward by the rapporteur Edite Estrela MEP (PT, S&D) from the Women and Gender Equity Committee (FEMM).
Much supported by the committee itself, the text supports the advancement of SRHR in Europe and globally, which would help tackle health inequalities, increase gender equality and social (...)
16 October, 2013 - The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) World Food Day is an occasion to highlight the plight of hundreds of millions undernourished people in the world, and the increasing problem of overconsumption and associated chronic conditions of overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and cancer. The global pandemic of malnutrition – approximately 1 billion people suffer from chronic hunger while 1.4 billion people (...)