At its plenary sitting of 20 November 2012, the European Parliament adopted a report "Promotion measures and information provision for agricultural products" by Jose Bove MEP (FR, the Greens). Although quite comprehensive, European Public Health Alliance is concerned about specific inclusion of support towards actions aimed at increasing "European quality wine consumption".
Whilst quite comprehensive in itself by making specific reference to:
information and promotion measures to be (...)
In November 2012, the European Commission published two important reports following presentation of the preliminary findings during the last meeting of the European Alcohol and Health Forum. The documents bring fresh evidence on young people’s exposure to alcohol marketing, a domain that is currently self-regulated by the alcohol industry themselves.
According to the 2010 Eurobarometer study conducted by the European Commission, 77% of respondents, from across the 27 Member States, (...)
EPHA has produced a briefing on financial conflicts of interest and research in health in light of growing evidence from the tobacco, pharmaceutical and medical fields that the funding source for research may compromise results in favour of commercial interests . In this briefing, EPHA explores if there is a risk that these biases could be extended to nutrition and alcohol science. The purpose of the briefing is to explore academic literature, tools to protect research from conflicts of (...)
On 9 November 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States agreed on a list of global targets to be achieved by 2025. The goals have the general objective of decreasing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 25%, the so-called "25 by 25". The framework consists of nine global targets and 25 indicators.
Initiated by recommendations from a WHO Working Group on non-communicable diseases targets back in July 2011, and after a series of open consultations, WHO Member (...)
The European Commission (DG Connect) organised a public consultation on a "Code for Effective Open Voluntarism: Good design principles for self- and co-regulation and other multi-stakeholder actions." EPHA responded to the Consultation to highlight the evidence base showing that self-regulation does not work to achieve health policy objectives and to highlight governance issues in relation to voluntary regulation. EPHA also participated in a public meeting to discuss the draft code that (...)
In September, EPHA was invited to deliver a statement to the 62nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. Building on the statement last year that partnership with civil society - both within and outside of the health sector- is crucial to the success of the Health 2020 Strategy the statement this year focused on the financial crisis and the confirmation of EPHA’s commitment to promoting better health outcomes.
As a result of past investments in health, the European Region (...)
The Scottish Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Struan Stevenson (ECR) is convening today (Sept. 12) an event in Strasbourg to discuss the Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on alcohol approved by the Scottish Parliament in May (1), and its alleged potential impact on trade. The gathering appears to be an ’industry convention’ and therefore an unbalanced attempt to mislead participants on the legality of the proposal, diverting attention from the benefits that a MUP on alcohol (...)
The statistics are bleak. Youth unemployment in the EU among 15-24-year-olds has increased by 50% since the beginning of the economic crisis and are now 22.5% on average. Latest figures released by Eurostat show that highest rates are in Greece (53.8%) and Spain (52.9%). Since the first Report in 2009 a number of policies aimed at youth were introduced. In addition to employment and social inclusion, the Youth Report 2012 (produced every three years by the EU Commission) calls for health (...)
The European Commission is currently evaluating the European Alcohol Strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol-related harm. Eurocare An EPHA member expert on alcohol-related issues, has published their recommendations on a future EU Alcohol Strategy, covering the period 2013-2020.
The recommendations are formulated around a number of priority areas:
regulation of marketing,
price and taxation,
consumer protection including consumer information,
public safety and harm (...)
The Russian Federation has just passed a bill banning alcohol advertising on a broad range of platforms. The public health community strongly welcomes the move.
In an attempt to curb Russia’s chronic alcohol abuse problems (the country has double the WHO critical level of use) the State Duma, Russia’s lower house, passed in mid-July a bill restricting alcohol advertising on a wide range of platforms. This measure will be implemented in a two-fold process:
Since 23rd July 2012 (...)