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23/05/2012

1st Report on the implementation of the Audiovidual Media Service Directive finally out!

Last 7 May 2012, the European Commission released the long awaited report on the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Service Directive. Focus on the implementation of the provisions related to the advertising of alcohol and food, advertising targeting children and other commercial communications over the period 2009-2010. On 7 May 2012, the European Commission released the long awaited first report on the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Service Directive for the period (...)
2/05/2012

"Living longer, better" - European Conference on Chronic Diseases - 11 May 2012.

On the 11 May, the European COPD Coalition organises a Conference on the EU reflection process on chronic diseases, entitled ’Living Longer, better’ - in parternship with EHN, ECCO, ERS and IDF Europe - EPHA members. Venue: Mundo B building, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1040 Brussels When: Friday 11 May (following the EU Health Policy Forum), from 10.00 to 16.00 including a lunch break (sandwich lunch is provided) Objective of the Conference: This will be a unique opportunity (...)
7/05/2012

EPHA’s contributions to chronic diseases consultations

With two major launches, April was an remarkable month in terms of chronic diseases developments - the Commission’s Consultation on the EU Reflection Process on Chronic Dises; and the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on a comprehensive global monitoring framework. EPHA responded to both consultations. On 14 March 2012, the European Commission launched a Consultation on the EU Reflection Process on Chronic Disease aimed to gather initial inputs from stakeholders. (...)
2/05/2012

Press Release: Alcohol - Self- regulation is not an answer

Against the European Alcohol and Health Forum which took place on the 26 April 2012, 28 civil society organisations strongly called for regulatory measures to protect consumers against alcohol related-harm. Joint Press Release It cannot be left to the producers of a harmful product to decide how, when and where it will be marketed. Policy makers must not rely on self-regulation, but rather follow through statutory measures aimed at protecting consumers. Last week, major producers from (...)
8/05/2012

Extend healthy life years by tackling chronic diseases in a life-course approach

The current prospects and hopes for a healthy and active ageing have been weakened by the incidence of chronic diseases reaching epidemic proportions. ’Never too early - Tackling chronic disease to extend healthy life years,’ a recently-launched report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, makes a case for preventing and tackling such diseases from childhood to ageing. Given today’s dominant EU paradigm -with an emphasis put on healthy ageing, including the European (...)
28/03/2012

Press release: Alcohol minimum pricing in the UK: will the EU follow up?

The UK has introduced minimum pricing for alcoholic beverages, which is supported by public health evidence and a move supported by many public health organizations. EPHA encourages the European Commission to propose an EU level minimum pricing in its future EU Alcohol Strategy. ***PRESS RELEASE*** Brussels, 23 03 2012 Alcohol minimum pricing in the UK: will the EU follow up? Today, 23 March 2012, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) Europe’s leading NGO advocating for (...)
28/02/2012

"Brewers’ Pledge is nothing but a Public Affairs exercise" says EPHA

On the occasion of an event in the European Parliament marking the Brewers’ of Europe’s "Brewers’ Pledge" EPHA has issued a reaction, expressing our scepticism at the ability of modern technology and self regulation to tackle the enormous harms caused by alcohol misuse in Europe. EPHA has released the following comments today (28 February 2012) on the occasion of an event organised by the Brewers’ of Europe launching what they have called the ’Brewers’ (...)
22/02/2012

Exposure to alcohol brands in movies increases binge drinking, show researchers

"The more adolescents are exposed to films where characters consume large amounts of alcohol, the more they are likely to start drinking or progress to binge drinking" says the last BMJ Study on the impact of alcohol exposure in movies and in family settings. The results of the study echo previous studies and reinforce the need to increase efforts in alcohol exposure, notably for children and adolescents. The British Medical Journal published the results of a study conducted with a group (...)
6/02/2012

EPHA Open Letter to the Ministers for Health of Ireland and Northern Ireland on Alcohol Minimum Pricing

EPHA wrote to the Ministers of Health for Ireland and Northern Ireland following on from the announcement made at the first North/South Conference on alcohol misuse where both Ministers committed to collaboratively tackle the burden of alcohol abuse, notably through action on its affordability, accessibility and availability. On 6 February 2012, EPHA wrote to the Ministers of Health for Ireland and Northern Ireland in response to the announcement made at the first North/South Conference on (...)
5/01/2012

68 NGOs call of a new EU alcohol strategy

Under Eurocare’s leadership, 68 international, European and National NGOs (including EPHA) joined forces to call for a comprehensive Alcohol Policy Strategy in the European Union 2013-2020. The current EU Alcohol Strategy is due to end in 2012. 68 NGOs going much beyond health-related organisations, sent an open letter to Ministers of Health in Europe to acknowledge the need for a comprehensive alcohol policy framework. The Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action is meeting (...)

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