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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. (...)

Health as a key to sustainable development - EPHA open letter

As the Environment Council meets in Luxembourg to debate the outcome and follow-up to the Rio + 20 conference, EPHA Sends an open letter to Ministers. In the letter, EPHA supports the efforts made by the Council to support sustainable development and the Beyond GDP agenda, and EPHA suggests environment Ministers include a health dimension in their conclusions on sustainable developlent.


Promoting health in the future development agenda

EPHA took part in the Commission Consultation on the post-2015 Development Agenda. This was an opportunity to build on EPHA work prior to the UN Non-communicable Disease summit in 2011 and highlight the impact that chronic disease has on social cohesion and on the economy. It is becoming widely understood that there is a need to further elaborate on the role of the environment and environmental sustainability in the post-2015 Development Agenda. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aim (...)

EPHAC Press Release: World Food Day 2012 - Agricultural cooperatives key to feeding the world

On the occasion of the World Food Day 2012 themed "Agricultural cooperatives key to feeding the world" on 16 October 2012, the European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium (EPHAC) issued a press release highlighting the plight of millions undernourished people in the world. The statement also stresses the increasing problem of overconsumption and associated chronic conditions of overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. World Food Day – Agricultural (...)

Report finds that advertising junk food continues to undermine children’s health in Europe

On 27 September, the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) published a study on self-regulation and its impact on children. It found that the industry’s own figures show that children’s exposure to advertisements for fatty and sugary foods has fallen by barely a quarter over the last six years. According to a new report, A Junk‐Free Childhood 2012: Marketing foods and beverages to children in Europe, advertising junk food continues to undermine (...)

European Economic & Social Committee Public Hearing on Information & Communication Technologies & Active Ageing

On 11 September, EPHA attended a public hearing hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and active ageing. Speakers included the Secretary-General of the European Federation of Retired and Older Persons (FERPA), the First Secretary of the Mission of Japan to the EU, and experts from the EESC, Eurfound, and the think tank ’Pour la Solidarite’. The hearing was organised as part of the 2012 European Year for Active (...)

What can be done to reduce health impacts from air pollution?

Last September 13, and on the margins of the Health & Environment Alliance’s (HEAL) Annual General Assembly (AGA), a workshop was dedicated to the air quality situation in Europe. Indoor and outdoor air quality, air pollution, and children’s health and air quality measured on the spot were on the agenda. Workshop’s agenda Why did the Health & Environment Alliance’s (HEAL) decide to put Air quality at the top of its priorities? While there have been some (...)

Austerity threatens Portugal’s drug program

The cuts to Portugal’s drug programme, combined with an increase in hard drug abuse, could be the beginning of a serious problem for this south European country. Drug policy in Portugal is a distinct model for many countries across the world. (Norway and Argentina even considered implementing parts of the Portuguese model). Yet, due to budget cuts coupled with an increasing consumption of hard drugs, Portugal’s successful approach to tackle drug abuse may become unaffordable. (...)

EPHA Press Release: MEP hearing to undermine Scottish Minimum Alcohol Pricing

The Scottish Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Struan Stevenson (ECR) is convening today (Sept. 12) an event in Strasbourg to discuss the Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on alcohol approved by the Scottish Parliament in May (1), and its alleged potential impact on trade. The gathering appears to be an ’industry convention’ and therefore an unbalanced attempt to mislead participants on the legality of the proposal, diverting attention from the benefits that a MUP on alcohol (...)

EPHA participates in Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL) Annual General Assembly - Brussels, 13 Sept.

As a member of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), EPHA has participated both in the organisation’s Annual General Assembly and in its air quality policy workshop. Monika Kosińska, EPHA’s Secretary General, was re-elected as a Member of HEAL’s Executive Committee. HEAL’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) presented the organisation’s main achievements for the period March 2011 – March 2012. During its AGA, HEAL also elected its Executive (...)

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