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11/12/2012

[Press Release] Economic policies must address the real impact of crisis on people living in Europe

Brussels, 30 November – The 3rd Annual Growth Survey (AGS), setting out what the European Commission believes must be the EU’s priorities for the coming 12 months in terms of economic, budgetary policies and reforms to boost growth and employment, was released on November 28.(1) The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes the survey as it recommends moving away from austerity policies (2), which are difficult for European populations and economies, and places an (...)
29/11/2012

Sign up to the Doha Declaration on Climate, Health & Well-being! (Deadline: 2 December 2012)

The 18th international climate change conference (COP18) kicked off this Monday 26 November and will continue until Friday, 7 December in Doha, Qatar. This is an unique opportunity to articulate the public health community’s main messages on global warming and raise awareness on the serious public health effects of climate change. ‘You cannot tackle hunger, disease, and poverty unless you can also provide people with a healthy ecosystem’ - Gro Harlem Brundtland What (...)
2/12/2012

EPHA public statement on the European Parliament’s nomination of Dr Borg as new European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy

Brussels, November 22 - The European Parliament yesterday confirmed Malta’s Dr Tonio Borg as the new European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. During last week’s hearing at the European Parliament (1), Dr Borg committed to abide by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2), to proactively combat discrimination, and to fully respect the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community. Dr Borg also pledged to support the (...)
2/12/2012

WHO agrees on 25% decrease target in non-communicable diseases-related premature mortality by 2025

On 9 November 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States agreed on a list of global targets to be achieved by 2025. The goals have the general objective of decreasing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 25%, the so-called "25 by 25". The framework consists of nine global targets and 25 indicators. Initiated by recommendations from a WHO Working Group on non-communicable diseases targets back in July 2011, and after a series of open consultations, WHO Member (...)
2/12/2012

EPHA Secretary General’s article on Commissioner-designate Borg

Last Tuesday in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) questioned Maltese Tonio Borg on his nomination to take up the Commission Health and Consumer Protection portfolio. As it became evident in the three hour public hearing, MEPs were interested in his views on non-discrimination, sexual reproductive health and rights, and fundamental rights. The main concerns voiced by MEPs were the delays to tobacco legislation and assurances on his views on women’s rights and (...)
14/11/2012

[EPHA Press Release] Denmark’s fat duty - latest victim of food politics

Brussels, 14 November - Only a year after introducing a duty on foods containing more than 2.3 percent saturated fat, the Danish government has abolished the world’s first fat tax. A move that, based on an unproven impact to the competitiveness of Danish business and alleged loss of local jobs, will undoubtedly have an effect on consumption patterns and subsequent health of Danes. It also removes Denmark from its leading position on tackling obesity and protecting public health (...)
7/11/2013

EPHA service

[Update] Audiovisual Media Service Directive Implementation report adopted by the European Parliament 7th EAP- General Action Programme - THE 7TH ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME (EAP) (updated on 18 March 2013) Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – EP report - EU-wide plan to tackle the proliferation of AMR (updated on 7 November 2013) CAP reform – new regulations - Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) revision for 2014-2020 (updated on 5 April 2013) Car noise pollution - new EU (...)
7/11/2012

New European statistics released on heart disease and stroke

Figures show significant drop in mortality, but the scale of the problem is huge and will increase. Released by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Heart Network (EHN), these figures represent the first comprehensive overview of the impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD) since 2008. The statistics show that efforts to reduce heart disease deaths are successful, with mortality now falling in most of the continent. At the same time, the report shows the huge burden CVD (...)
4/11/2012

European Economic and Social Committee advocates for 2014 to be the European Year on Mental Health

On 30 October, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a public hearing to discuss the body’s initiative to set 2014 as the European year of mental health. Considering the impact the current economic climate has on the population’s mental health and well-being, there is a clear need to raise awareness on this topic. The hearing was divided in two sessions. The first one provided participants with an overview of the situation of mental health in Europe along (...)
4/11/2012

Good governance in Public-Private Partnerships - EPHA response to DG Research Consultation

EPHA has responded to the DG Research and Innovation Consultation on plans for a public-private partnership in life sciences research and innovation under Horizon 2020. The Horizon 2020 priority "health, demographic change and wellbeing" will be partly implemented through public-private partnerships. Research priorities Using the public health approach, EPHA urged DG Research to focus on chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory (i.e. (...)

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