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19/04/2014

The European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND)

Almost one century after the discovery of insulin therapy , people who suffer from diabetes still continue facing physical and psychological pain. Last January, the European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND) released a practical guide which calls upon governments across Europe to take political commitments to start making concrete changes to diabetes policies. Background The European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND) was created in November 2011 and gathers European and (...)
19/04/2014

[EPHA comments] First EU Summit on Chronic Diseases

The first EU Summit on Chronic Diseases took place in Brussels between 3 and 4 April. Peggy Maguire, EPHA President, delivered a keynote speech, which we summarise here. Among other key topics, the first EU summit on chronic diseases discussed the medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health; ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases; and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases. One in four people suffer from obesity in Europe, (...)
28/03/2014

[Event report] Health in Europe - Making it Fairer

Nearly seven months from the end of its mandate, the current European Commission held its last major event "Health in Europe, making it fairer" in the field of public health on 18 March 2014. The conference focused on the current inequalities in health to make progress towards integrating discriminated and stigmatized social groups. The aim was to share good practices in promoting equity and combatting discrimination including health promotion, prevention and treatment. The European (...)
27/03/2014

[Joint Statement] Tackling alcohol related harm requires better actions

Why the public health community is disappointed with the European Parliament resolution on EU Alcohol Strategy. Brussels, 21 March 2014 - On the 10 March, Members of the Environment Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee in the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to develop a new EU Alcohol Strategy. The resolution is scheduled for vote in the April EP Plenary. The public health community is delighted that the European Parliament (...)
27/03/2014

The Council approves EU tobacco legislation fitted to the twenty-first century

Brussels, 14 March 2014 — Today the Council endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the European Parliament last December. After more than three years of delays and policy making, today’s decision delivers to people living in Europe a tobacco regulation better able to protect us from misleading marketing. The new TPD does not set global standards on public health protection - see the example of Uruguay and Australia. Yet, this new legislation updates (...)
27/03/2014

[Event] Big alcohol, big tobacco, big influence. New vectors for global diseases

You are invited to a Westminster debate: health policy making for the 21st century: unhealthy environments, vested interests or inadequate people? Tuesday 1 April 2014 | 14:00–16:00 | Committee Room 8, The Palace of Westminster The dominant global diseases of the 19th and 20th centuries were typically infections and malnutrition associated with poverty and unhealthy environments. According to the World Health Organization the leading diseases in the 21st century are the so called (...)
7/05/2014

Cancer registries: a model to be replicated or used for other chronic diseases?

The European Parliament organised a workshop ’Towards a European Cancer Information System’ on 12 February 2014 which looked at the state of play of cancer registries in Europe. EPHA took part in the debate and put forward a question on the potential use of cancer registries for other chronic diseases. A disease registry is a computer application ‘‘used to capture, manage, and provide information on specific conditions to support the organised care management of (...)
28/02/2014

[Event report] Launch of the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) & its Manifesto for the European Elections

The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) held its launch event in the European Parliament on 4 February 2014, which marked the Coalition’s manifesto for the European Parliament elections. The manifesto presented in an event hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE) and co-hosted by MEP Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, IT) and MEP Catherine Stihler (S&D, UK) calls on the European Parliament to use its significant powers to improve the lives of people (...)
28/02/2014

[Press release] The European Parliament stands on the public health side in tobacco vote

Brussels, 26 February 2014 — Today, the European Parliament endorsed an agreement for a new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the Council last December (1). “This vote comes not a moment too soon given the challenges in reaching the adoption of the Tobacco Products Directive. The European Public Health Alliance hopes this will encourage Member States to strengthen their tobacco control measures, following examples from progressive global leaders in tobacco (...)
23/05/2014

[Press release] Ireland leads the way in Europe in tackling the tobacco epidemic

Brussels, 23 January 2014 — Today, the Irish parliament, the Oireachtas, launched a consultation on a draft public health bill that introduces standardised tobacco packaging. If the bill passes, Ireland will become the first EU Member State—the second country in the world after Australia—to ban branding from tobacco product packaging. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has sent (1) an open letter to the Oireachtas’ Chair of the Committee on Health and (...)

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