The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) delegation travelled to Luxembourg on 1 April 2014 to meet with representatives of the European Union (EU)’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU. The delegation was an excellent opportunity to exchange views on the importance of eye health and vision as a public health priority and the visit aimed to reiterate ECV’s call to European decision-makers to include eye health and (...)
On 27 March, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation on the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter within the context of the Transatlantic (ie EU-US) Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Weeks earlier, the EU Trade Commissioner put a halt to negotiations over the ISDS due to mounting criticism from civil society groups and the European Parliament (EP).
07 April 2014 - This consultation has been presented by the EC as a solution to increase transparency (...)
The first EU Summit on Chronic Diseases took place in Brussels between 3 and 4 April. Peggy Maguire, EPHA President, delivered a keynote speech, which we summarise here.
Among other key topics, the first EU summit on chronic diseases discussed the medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health; ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases; and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases.
One in four people suffer from obesity in Europe, (...)
One of the most universally disadvantaged communities living in Europe is the Roma. The great majority of the estimated 10-12 million Roma population in the continent is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum: they suffer worse health than the other populations in the countries due to their higher exposure to the range of unfavourable factors that influence health. Due to the multiplicity of their discrimination and social exclusion, the inequalities faced by the Roma (...)
On March 14, the European Commission (EC) presented the new Action Plan (AP) on HIV/AIDS in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016, which builds on the achievements of the previous Action Plan 2009-2013.
The EC highlights the importance of keeping HIV/AIDS high on the political agenda and focusing on HIV prevention and awareness-raising to tackle risk behaviour, as well as early and affordable treatment and care. At EPHA we consider that the inclusion of affordable treatment in the (...)
On March 20, EPHA along with UEG, EASL, Eurocare and the Royal College of Physicians wrote an open letter welcoming the initiative by the European Commission to reframe and potentially expand the competences of the EU Alcohol Health Forum (EAHF).
The Forum, which aims at providing scientific advice and guidance on matters under alcohol research, has been inactive for about two years.
However, we believe that the EAHF can play an important role in breaking through the status quo by (...)
Brussels 26 March 2014 - The European Commission responded to the first successful European Citizens Initiative with a Communication on March 19th. With less than 60 days to go before the European elections, the Citizens’ Committee has approached all candidates to the European Commission Presidency to ask for a commitment to implement the Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the next legislature. The ECI organisers were critical of the Commission’s response as it lacked clear (...)
19 March 2014, Brussels - The European Commission (EC) published a Communication today that gives its official response to the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) which called on the EC “to implement the human right to water and sanitation in European law.” In the Communication, the European Commission does recall the importance of the human right to water and sanitation and states the importance of water as a public good and fundamental value and that (...)
With the Elections for the European Parliament around the corner, most of the political groups of the European Parliament have already nominated their Commissioner Candidates and launched their manifestos (see EPHA’s manifesto). We have taken this opportunity to analyse the groups’ views on health-related issues.
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (PES)
The PES group aims to “build a Europe that leaves no one behind (...)
European Parliament elections 2014
Health in all policies
On 24-25 March 2014 in Brussels EPHA launched the second part of its 6th 2013-2014 Professional Development Programme (PDP). This programme aims to train those new to the ’EU bubble’ to get an introduction to the European Union and more particularly to European health advocacy.
EPHA PDP 2014 provides a chance for young professionals working primarily in health-related organisations or civil society organisations to:
Build up the advocacy skills that make a successful (...)