In 2009, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies published its ’’Health in the European Union - Trends and analysis" Report. The report investigates the existing differences between and within Member States regarding health status and access to health.
Cancer rates are generally on the increase in the EU. While men are generally more touched by cancer, with lung cancer the number one killer, national and regional differences exist too. (...)
Although alcohol and tobacco taxes are harmonised across Europe, while respecting the EU taxation harmonisation rules (minimum tax principle) Denmark has decided to go beyond the established minimum levels by taxing certain products higher.
As part of its 2010 tax reform, Denmark intends to implement the following changes:
increased taxation of tobacco ;
In-store alcopops prices will increase. Cider as well as alcoholic drinks based on cider and fruit wines will also be hit; (...)
On 5 May 2010, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) launched its 16th Road Safety PIN Flash on the three major issues regarding road safety: tackling excessive speed, drink driving and non-use of seatbelts since 2001.
Overall, the report shows a rather positive trend on road deaths due to the enforcement of drink driving legislation. Figures show an average of 5.8% decrease per year in alcohol related deaths, compared to a 4.2% decrease in other road deaths. These numbers should, (...)
One of the largest retailers in the UK has publicly come out in support the introduction of minimum pricing for alcoholic beverages. EPHA welcomes this move as a step in the right direction to protecting citziens from alcohol-related harm.
Minimum pricing for alcohol: EPHA applauds landmark move by leading UK retailer
Brussels, 21 May 2010
The European Public Health Alliance welcomed today’s decision by the Chief Executive of Tesco Sir Terry Leahy to support the introduction of a (...)
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 (...)
AGE Platform Europe has issued a position paper on the mental health and well-being of older people to contribute to the Spanish presidency conference on "Mental Health and Well-being among Older People".
AGE Platform Europe’s position paper highlights actions to be taken at EU and national levels to improve the mental health of older people.
These actions particularly focus on:
Mental Health promotion
Mental disorders prevention
Older people in vulnerable situation (...)
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 (...)
On 10 March 2010, the World Health Organisation issued the report, "Preventing Injuries in Europe", the fruit of a three year collaboration with the European Commission. EPHA participated in the launch event that took place in the European Parliament.
The Report was presented in the European Parliament on 17 March 2010. Mr Miroslav Mikolasik, EPP MEP and Ms Frieda Brepoels, Greens/EFA MEP, co-chaired the event at which Dr Negret Emiroglu, Director of the Health Programmes Division of the (...)
A new report launched on 10th March revealed that 64% of respondents categorised in the harder to reach population in the North West of England believe that it is their own responsibility to look after their health, highlighting the need to raise awareness of preventative health services.
Whilst respondents were able to recognise specific NHS services, such as diagnosing illnesses and dispensing medicines, many were unaware of the support services that the NHS can offer to help tackle (...)
The European Parliament is currently preparing a report on the European Commission Communication on "Action against Cancer: European Partnership". EPHA prepared a set of recommendations for MEPs, focussing on the need to invest and promote the prevention of cancer through policies and interventions to facilitate and promote healthy behaviours and choices.
*Update* 7 April 2010
In the vote that took place in the ENVI Committee, 7 April 2010, on the draft report by rapporteur Alojz Peterle (...)