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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 (...)

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 (...)

Drinks industry should change way it works to help lower alcohol deaths

Reducing deaths from alcohol-related liver disease need not affect the bottom line of the drinks industry, according to a new article published in Clinical Medicine, the journal of EPHA member the Royal College of Physicians. Using the example of alcohol policy in France over the last 40 years, the study shows that by improving the quality, but reducing the quantity of wine produced, lives were saved while the industry continued to be profitable. The article also shows how damaging the (...)

EPHA position on the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy

EPHA - the European Public Health Alliance has responded to the European Commission consultation on the Future of the Common Agriculture Policy, outlining what measures must be taken for a healthier Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in Europe and outside of its boundaries. EPHA response to the consultation on CAP From a public health point of view, EPHA expects a CAP based on equity, the universal right to safe, affordable, nutritious food, as well as good governance and transparency in (...)

4th European Alcohol Policy Conference

With the aim of stimulating action in alcohol policy, EPHA member Eurocare organises the fourth European Alcohol Policy Conference that will take place on 21-22 June 2010 in Brussels. After three successful conferences that took place in 2004 (Warsaw), in 2006 (Helsinki) and 2008 (Barcelona), Eurocare chose Brussels to hold the fourth conference in order to involve an audience as wide as possible. The scope of the conference is to promote and disseminate knowledge about current thinking (...)

An overwhelming majority of Europeans support public policies aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm

On 21 April 2010, the European Commission released a Eurobarometer survey on attitudes towards alcohol. The last study of this type took place in 2006. EPHA has summarised the findings of this new European-wide survey below. The Eurobarometer survey was conducted from 02-19 October 2009 in the form of face-to-face interviews. It focused on three main issues: alcohol consumption, awareness of risk and harm related to the harmful and hazardous use of alcohol, and whether or not the (...)

Report on women’s health in the European Union

Women and men have a different relation to diseases and therefore different needs. Aware of that, the European Commission published, on 21 January 2010, a report on women’s health in the European Union. You can find EPHA’s summarise of the report below. Women and men are not equal in their relation to disease: some are more commonly touching women, others are specific to them, and treatments can also sometimes differ. These differences explained the Commission’s will to (...)

“Promotion of Mental Health and Well-being of Children and Young People – Making it happen”

The Swedish Presidency, in cooperation with the European Commission, hosted a thematic conference on mental health and well-being among young people. The conference was the first in a series, to be organised in the framework of the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being. EPHA was invited to participate in this conference along with a number of our member organisations. The objectives of the conference were as follows: Raise visibility about the importance of promoting mental (...)

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