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Chronic Non-Communicable Disease: European Commission invited to take actions

On 15 March 2011, the European Chronic Disease Alliance sent a letter to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission in order to raise awareness on the need to tackle chronic diseases. On 15 March 2011, the European Chronic Disease Alliance, an alliance representing over 100 000 health professionals acting in the prevention of such a societal burden, sent a letter to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. The four main factors of chronic non-communicable (...)

European Parliament Roundtable Debate on EU Colorectal Cancer Policy

On 2 March 2011, an event on EU Colorectal Cancer Policy was organised in the European Parliament. The event was organised as a follow-up to a successful Written Declaration 68/2010 on the Fight against Colorectal Cancer in the EU. EPHA participated in the debate. The debate, chaired by Pavel Poc MEP (Czech Republic, S&D) and moderated by Jo Leinen MEP (Germany, S&D, chair of the ENVI Committee), gathered a number of decision makers such as the Health and Consumers Commissioner (...)

First interim report on social determinants of health and the health divide in the WHO European Region

The WHO Regional Office for Europe has started a regional review of the health divide and inequalities in health in July 2010 (ongoing) in order to inform the new health policy for the Region. The first interim report is published, identifying the barriers and opportunities to reduce health inequalities. The first phase of the review assessed levels of inequalities in health across the European Region and identified the barriers to and opportunities for reducing these. After this interim (...)

Preventing alcohol-related harm in drinking environments: FASE project results

Focus on Alcohol Safe Environments (FASE) is a project co-funded by the European Commission aiming at developing a better understanding of the effectiveness of measures put in place to reduce alcohol-related harm in drinking environments. The FASE project terminated in 2010, and a summary of the key project findings is available below. The two-year project, running from 2008 to 2010, focused on five key areas: responsible server/staff training interventions, interventions to reduce (...)

2010 - Overview of activities in implementation of EU Alcohol Strategy

Between September and November 2010 all the existing EU structures working on alcohol conducted their meetings. You can find below reports of the following: the Open Alcohol and Health Forum, the European Alcohol and Health Forum, the Forum Science Group, as well as the Committee on National Policy and Action. Open European Alcohol and Health Forum On 19 November 2010, EPHA attended the 3rd Open European Alcohol and Health Forum. Ms Paola Testori-Coggi, Director General of DG SANCO, (...)

MEPs affirm link between alcohol and cancer

The MEPs Against Cancer Group met on 7 December 2010 in order to discuss the policy implications of research evidence linking alcohol and cancer. The meeting allowed the participants to learn about new scientific evidence of the carcinogenicity of alcoholic beverages in human beings. Please find EPHA’s report on the Round Table below. After participants were welcomed by Alojz Peterle MEP (EPP, SLO), Dr Robert Baan from the International Agency for Research in Cancer presented the (...)

Health inequalities report adopted in the ENVI Committee - EPHA analysis of the vote.

On 31 January 2011, after being voted on in the ENVI Committee, a consolidated report on "Reducing health inequalities in the EU" by Edite Estrela MEP (S&D, Portugal) was published. In the months leading to the final report, EPHA was strongly involved in the process of monitoring the development and health inequalities debate, analysing the draft report and opinions from different EP Committees, and finally sending in the amendments to the draft report. EPHA was pleased to see its (...)

EPHA workshop: Reducing Health Inequalities for Children Living in Europe

During the third annual EUPHA conference on 11-13 November in Amsterdam, EPHA organised a policy workshop entitled "Reducing Health Inequalities for Children Living in Europe". The theme was of particular importance because poverty still remains one of the most important social determinants of health. Eighty million European citizens – that is 17% of the EU population – live in poverty. One in five children are born and grow up in economic and social deprivation. These figures (...)

EPHA Briefing Paper on Health Inequalities

Although the issue of Health Inequalities is currently on the agenda of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the World Health Organization, increasing economic and political pressures put even more burden on socially deprived, most vulnerable and under-served population groups. All health gains achieved in the recent decades are thus at risk. In light of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, the parliamentary report on Health Inequalities, and the (...)

The great success of the "Operation Sirocco"

Operation Sirocco, an anti-fraud operation, was jointly organised by the EU and countries from the Union for the Mediterranean in June 2010. A considerable quantity of counterfeit products has been seized during the successful operation. The anti-fraud operation, "Operation Sirocco" was jointly conducted in June 2010 by the European Union and 11 countries from the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) under the coordination of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The objective was to (...)

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