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3/04/2014

Public health community encourages European Commission to "revive" scientific group of Alcohol Forum

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 (...)
27/03/2014

[Joint Statement] Tackling alcohol related harm requires better actions

Why the public health community is disappointed with the European Parliament resolution on EU Alcohol Strategy. Brussels, 21 March 2014 - On the 10 March, Members of the Environment Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee in the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to develop a new EU Alcohol Strategy. The resolution is scheduled for vote in the April EP Plenary. The public health community is delighted that the European Parliament (...)
27/03/2014

[Event] Big alcohol, big tobacco, big influence. New vectors for global diseases

You are invited to a Westminster debate: health policy making for the 21st century: unhealthy environments, vested interests or inadequate people? Tuesday 1 April 2014 | 14:00–16:00 | Committee Room 8, The Palace of Westminster The dominant global diseases of the 19th and 20th centuries were typically infections and malnutrition associated with poverty and unhealthy environments. According to the World Health Organization the leading diseases in the 21st century are the so called (...)
28/11/2013

[NGO recommendations] New EU Action Plan on Alcohol

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) joins its member organisation Eurocare -the international NGO that represents NGOs on Alcohol Policy across the EU- to contribute initial ideas as the new EU Action Plan begins to be drafted. EPHA members and partners commit to actively participating in the consultation process in developing the final version of the plan and outline priorities areas. EPHA and Eurocare argue that the new EU Action Plan needs to complement the WHO “European (...)
26/11/2013

[European Partnership for Action Against Cancer] Let’s talk about cancer prevention

The European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC) was launched in 2009, after the European Commission published its Communication on Action Against Cancer: European Partnership. Although this Joint Action will end in 2013, participants are committed to continue the work apart from 2014, under a renewed mandate. What is the EPAAC all about? After circulatory diseases, cancer was the second most common cause of death in 2006, accounting for two out of ten deaths in women and (...)
22/11/2013

"Enjoy, it’s from Europe" - European Commission propose new policy for promotion of agricultural and food products

On 21 November 2013 the Commission presented the legislative proposals for new information and promotion policy for agricultural and food products on the internal market and in the third countries. While the policy may support health-promoting products such as fruit and vegetables or organic produce, it is much about such products as processed agri-foods, wine and spirits, dairy or red meat. With the slogan "Enjoy, it’s from Europe", the aim of the policy is to develop, explore and (...)
20/11/2013

[Joint press statement] Eurocare and EPHA response to misleading industry media campaign ahead of the 13th plenary meeting of the European Alcohol and Health Forum

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 (...)
5/11/2013

[EU-US trade agreement] Would it benefit Europe’s public health?

In late October, EPHA attended a Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue’s (TACD) event intended to debate the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US and whether and how it is to benefit the consumers on both sides of the Atlantic. The event brought up a number of crucial considerations to be looked into what relate to public health issues. In a nutshell, this seminar stressed that the TTIP is mostly a drive towards de-regulation and a (...)
2/06/2013

[Event digest] Calling Time on Europe’s Alcohol Problem - Using pricing policies to protect public health in Europe

On 24 April, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP London), together with EPHA and the support of Eurocare, gathered members of the public health community, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and representatives from the EU member states to exchange views on the way forward in alcohol policy. Prompted by the growing influence of the tobacco industry in drafting tobacco-related legislation at a European level and the pressing need to protect Europe’s population from alcohol (...)
3/05/2013

[Joint media reaction] Minimum Alcohol Price: Scottish High Court on the side of public health

Brussels, 3 May – Today, the Scottish Government has won a case on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol (1) in the Scottish High Court - the first legally-binding minimum price on alcohol within the EU. Now the alcohol industry will have 21 days to decide whether it has grounds for appeal. MUP sets a floor price below which alcohol cannot be legally sold and unlike taxation, MUP prices alcoholic beverages based on their strength. Alcohol misuse hits the poor badly, most of whom (...)

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