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Chronic Diseases high on the EU agenda

During the month of October, several conferences took place on chronic diseases. The issue has been one of the priorities of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union. Ministerial Conference on "Innovative approaches for chronic illnesses in public health and healthcare systems" On 20 October 2010, the Belgian Presidency organised a Ministerial Conference on "Innovative approaches for chronic illnesses in public health and healthcare systems". Ms Laurette Onkelinx, Deputy Prime (...)

EPHA Open Letter to the President of the European Council on the issue of alcohol

On 19 October 2010, EPHA sent an Open Letter to the President of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy, following an article that has been published in theparliament.com reporting on the President comments on beer consumption. The EPHA Letter as well as the article are available below. *Update 8 November 2010* Following the Open Letter EPHA sent to President Herman Van Rompuy, Monika Kosinska, the EPHA Secretary General, has been asked to provide the Parliament Magazine with an (...)

Chronic Disease Alliance tackles 4 major risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases

10 not-for-profit European organisations representing over 100,000 health professionals - amongst them 4 EPHA members - have joined forces to put the case for immediate political action. This is to reverse the alarming rise in chronic non-communicable diseases which affects more than a third of the population of Europe. The evidence is overwhelming for tackling the four major risk factors for these diseases. The new Chronic Disease Alliance includes EPHA members the European Heart Network (...)

Give your child a fair start and do not drink during pregnancy

In commenaration of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, Eurocare released a press release warning of the dangers of alcohol during pregnancy and called on goverments to take action. Give your child a fair start and do not drink during pregnancy- Marking the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, 9th September 8 September, Brussels The umbrella term, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual (...)

EPHA position on Trade: health cannot be treated like any other business in the EU Trade Policy

Following the ’Europe 2020’ Strategy endorsed by Heads of States in March and June 2010, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the future direction of EU trade policy. EPHA contributed to it by highlighting that health cannot be treated like any other business in the EU Trade Policy. EPHA response to the Trade consultation First and foremost, EPHA considers that the EU Trade Policy should complement and reinforce all dimensions of the Europe 2020 (...)

EPHA’s opinion on Smart Regulation

The European Public Health Alliance responds to the European Commission consultation on Smart Regulation and proposes several ways to ensure that public interests, transparency and accountability of decision making to citizens are at the centre of the future Smart Regulation Agenda. The Smart Regulation Agenda is the follow-up to the ’Better Regulation Agenda’ which aimed to simplify legislations and reduce administrative burdens; better implement Impact Assessments; and (...)

Eurocare June-July Newsletter

Eurocare has released its June-July Newsletter. Their newsletter highlights developments in alcohol policy at the EU and member state level. Upcoming events and recent research articles are also featured. News from Eurocare Eurocare hosts in Brussels the 4th European Alcohol Policy Conference 21 – 22 June EU Alcohol Policy Conference_ extract from DG SANCO’s ‘Health and consumer voice’ July 2010 edition. News from the EU Parliament votes to exempt all alcoholic (...)

4th European Alcohol Policy Conference : "From capacity to action"

The Fourth European Alcohol Policy Conference was held on 21 and 22 June 2010 by Eurocare, the European Alcohol Policy Alliance. The aim of the Conference was to gather people from a broad range of sectors to exchange and communicate on alcohol-related issues and policies aiming at effectively preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm. Ms Paola Testori-Coggi, Director General of DG SANCO, opened the 2 day Conference by reminding key figures of alcohol-related harm within Europe and (...)

Promoting gender equity in health: the ENGENDER Project

EPHA is part of the ENGENDER project which aims to counter the current lack of information on actions, policy and programmes aiming to improve gender equity in health. Launched in November 2009, ENGENDER has three specific objectives: promoting and supporting gender equity in health by developing an online inventory of good practices in Europe, creating a sustainable "European network on policies and interventions tackling gender based inequalities in health", a forum to exchange (...)

How to combat obesity and raise public revenue - Denmark increases taxes on alcopops and ‘junk food’

Denmark has today taken further steps towards improving the health of its citizens through a series of tax reforms designed to make "junk food" more expensive. It also goes beyond the European established minimum levels of taxation of products such as alcohol and tobacco. *** Press release - For Immediate Release *** Brussels, 01 July 2010 Today, Denmark increases by 25% taxes on ice cream, chocolate and sweets, as well as increases taxes on soft drinks, tobacco and alcohol products. A (...)

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