Some have interpreted the European Commission’s "Better Regulation" agenda as an opportunity to eliminate nutrient profiles from European legislation. On 16 June, the European Parliament’s Legal Committee voted on the Regulatory Fitness (REFIT) Programme which held two amendments seeking to scrap nutrient profiles. Fortunately, these amendments were rejected. However, a new battle around nutrient profiles may well be around the corner.
According to the WHO, nutrient profiling (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
Brussels 27 May 2015 – The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) launched the “MEP Friends of the Liver Group” in a seminar hosted by MEP Cristian Buşoi (EPP, RO) and co-organised by EASL and EPHA in the European Parliament.
[EVENT REPORT] Launch of the MEP Friends of the Liver Group
[PRESENTATIONS] Patrizia Burra & Tatiana Reic
[PRESS RELEASE] Launch of the MEP Friends of the Liver Interest group to tackle a silent epidemic
CONCEPT NOTE (...)
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 (...)
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) are pleased to announce that an event entitled ‘A close look at the risks and opportunities of the TTIP for EU food and farming’ will take place on 12 May in Brussels. Registration is now open.
Draft Agenda (pdf)
Please make a note in your diary for an upcoming breakfast event entitled ‘A close look at the risks and opportunities of the TTIP for EU food and farming’. The event, (...)
Brussels, 14 April 2015- As representatives of a large number of European-based health organisations, we are writing to you to congratulate the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO Euro) on developing a nutrient profile model for the purpose of restricting food marketing to children.
To Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
Dear Dr Jakab,
We, the undersigned organisations, strongly support and endorse the WHO nutrient profile model (...)
WHO Europe has published a long-awaited Nutrient Profile Toolto help governments to classify food and drinks based on fat (saturated and trans), salt and added sugar content. The tool provides a clear scientific basis to define products with a high fat, sugar and/or salt content (HFSS) for which marketing to children should be restricted to protect health.
WHO Regional Office for Europe nutrient profile model (2015)
Despite progress in some countries of the WHO European region, (...)
EPHA has called on the members of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee leading the report on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), to consider its impact on determinants of health, sustainable food systems and healthy diets.
The draft report prepared by the EP Committee on International Trade was discussed on 24 February, while several EP Committees have been working preparing their respective opinions. The draft opinion prepared by the EP Committee (...)