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Agricultural Committee in the European Parliament pushes for fairer and sustainable CAP

The Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament agreed on the basic principles guiding the reform of the EU’s future agricultural policy after 2013. The report pushes for fairer and more ecological agricultural policy, health is included in the prelude to the report, and the unfavourable alcohol-related suggestions were rejected by the Parliamentarians. The report drafted by Albert Dess MEP (EPP, Germany) was hotly debated within all political groups (...)

European Week Against Cancer 2011: EPHA members get mobilised

The European Week Against Cancer (EWAC) - organised by the European Cancer Leagues Association - aims to raise awareness about cancer prevention, using the European Code Against Cancer. The 2011 edition emphasised the relationship between healthy lifestyles and cancer. Several EPHA members, including the Association of the European Cancer Leagues (ECL), Cancer Research UK and the European Institute of Womens Health were very active during this week. You can find further information about (...)

The effects of the economic crisis on mental health

WHO Europe has recently published a booklet on the impact of economic crises on mental health. The document covers aspects of mental health that are influenced by economic downfall. WHO argues that the shift to a knowledge society emphasizes even more the importance of mental health for sustaining productivity. The booklet aims to present current knowledge on how economic crisis affect mental health of the population and which actions could be implemented to reduce the impact of a crisis (...)

Is there a relationship between health behaviours and educational outcomes? new WHO report

The WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, together with the Ministry of Health and the Veneto Region in Italy, published a report on ‘The impact of health and health behaviors on educational outcomes in high-income countries: a review of the evidence’. The report of The WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development underlines that there could be a causal relationship between health and education in high income countries. The research (...)

French law on alcohol advertising: an example to be followed by the UK?

On 30 March 2011, the member of the British Parliament Sarah Wollaston MP suggests a bill urging the government to further protect children’s exposure to alcohol advertising. Having one of the most important alcohol consumption in the EU, especially amongst young people, the MP suggests to adopt the French Loi Evin whose impact on alcohol related harm is well established. Sarah Wollaston, member of the British Parliament intends to suggest, on 30 March 2011, an adaptation of the 1991 (...)

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, (...)

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