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19/07/2014

Council discusses merging of EU School Fruit and Milk Scheme and adopts conclusions on fruit and vegetables

On 17-18 June, the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the European Union (EU) discussed progress made on the proposals for regulations merging the aid scheme for the supply of fruit, vegetables and milk in educational settings. The Council also adopted its Conclusions on the fruit and vegetable sector since the 2007 reform. The Presidency presented its progress report on the Commission proposals for regulations merging the schemes for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk (...)
19/07/2014

[EPHA overview] France to introduce new public health law

On 19 June, the French Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine, unveiled the broad measures planned for their new public health law. Measures regarding third-party payers, food labelling and tobacco control are already under consideration. This bill, which has been in the pipeline for more than a year, will be introduced in the Council of Ministers in September and discussed in the Parliament at the beginning of next year. The third-party payer in GP consultation One of the main (...)
17/06/2014

NGOs call for a better and more balanced composition of new European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

14 June 2014 - The environment, public health and farm animal welfare communities across Europe have sent a letter to the in-coming European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that its constituency properly reflects the needs and concerns of society as a whole, rather than primarily representing the sectoral interests of the farming community only. Composition of the EP Agriculture Committee Open letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPS) (...)
12/06/2014

European Commission allocates national budgets for 2014/2015 EU School Fruit Scheme

The Management Committee of the EU School Fruit Scheme agreed on the final national envelopes available for the 2014/15 operating period of the Scheme in each participating Member State. The decision takes into account the increase in EU funds from €90 million to €150 million, that was agreed in the context of the most recent CAP 2020 reform. In addition to financing the distribution of fruit and vegetables in educational settings, the funds will, for the first time, also be (...)
9/06/2014

[Conference] Building Healthy Global Food Systems - A New imperative for Public Health

The AIMS of this conference are to review the status of diet-related ill health, determine the impact that existing global food systems have on health, and then explore policies that could effectively promote health and well-being and support global food systems which are environmentally, culturally and socially sustainable. To achieve this, the OBJECTIVES of the conference are to: Characterise, discuss and agree what is meant by healthy diets and food systems; Identify the major (...)
5/06/2014

[EPHA statement] On-going review of European Food Safety Authority 2012 implementing rules of the Declaration of Interests Policy

On 15 December 2011, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Management Board adopted its Authority’s Policy on independence and scientific decision-making processes. A few months later EFSA’s Executive Director signed off a set of implementing rules on Declarations of Interests (DoIs). These rules regulate the way EFSA should process DoIs and prevent the occurrence of conflicts of interests. Background The current system of declarations of interests and their subsequent (...)
4/06/2014

EPHA participates in meeting between Member States and Advisory Group on ’Fruit and Vegetables’ and EU School Fruit Scheme Experts Group

On 20 May, EPHA participated in a joint meeting between EU Member States (MS), DG Agriculture’s Advisory Group on Fruit and Vegetables and the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS) Expert Group. The meeting was an opportunity to review the current SFS implementation period. A presentation given by DG Agriculture’s Unit dealing with the SFS, summarised the scheme’s current implementation period of 2013/2014 but also presented a couple of interesting findings from the 2012/2013 (...)
9/06/2014

Eating Better Alliance publishes policy recommendations for promoting healthy diets

Eating Better Alliance - of which EPHA is a partner network - has published its new Policy Briefing outlining a set of recommendations to policy makers aimed at promoting healthy diets. Although the focus is national (UK), there is a strong European dimension to the solutions proposed, which are in line with EPHA’s advocacy messages of a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform to support an integrated food and agriculture policy and system. The article below is a modified version of (...)
30/05/2014

WHO launches new High Level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

At the 67th World Health Assembly, a new High-Level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity was officially launched. This new Commission aims to gather the best possible advice on dealing with the crisis of childhood obesity. In 2012, more than 40 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. By 2025, 70 million children under 5 will be overweight or obese if current trends continue. This Commission has been set up in a framework of the WHO Global Monitoring Framework for (...)
27/05/2014

Keeping Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) on the radar screen, year-round

The global problem of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) demands the continuous attention of the public health community beyond the annual focus of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (marked annually on 18 November). EPHA is committed to raising awareness of AMR-related concerns, including the reduction of antibiotics use, to ensure that people living in Europe can continue to benefit from life-saving antibiotics. Moreover, it is important to promote policy coherence, as well as effective, (...)

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