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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 (...)

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 (...)

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