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[EPHA report] EU Summit on Chronic Diseases

On 3 and 4 April 2014 in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) held the first ever ’EU Summit on Chronic Diseases’ to address the medical, social and economic burden of chronic disease in the EU. The event brought together key policymakers, stakeholders, and interest groups to explore ways to tackle chronic diseases effectively. EPHA President Peggy Maguire contributed to the Summit with key messages. At the end of the event, the EC published the Summit Conclusions and calls (...)

EDF, AGE, Platform Europe & ANEC urge the Council to support the Parliament’s position on web accessibility

26 February 2014 | Today Members of the European Parliament have shown their strong commitment to a more inclusive Internet for all. The Parliament’s report on the proposal for a Directive on the Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies’ Websites has introduced extremely valuable changes to the Commission proposal. These will benefit the majority of citizens across the EU and will boost the web-developing European marketplace, giving a perfect example of how a piece of (...)

[Second Conference of Partners in Innovation Partnership] Ageing means growth

The second Conference of Partners entitled ’Scaling up for healthy growth’ presented the progress that the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP on AHA) has made over the last year in the EIP’s six action areas. It highlighted ageing-related innovation, both social and technological, as a crucial area for health investment. The conference was opened by European Commissioner for Health Policy, Tonio Borg who stressed the need for health system (...)

[EPHA Briefing] Mobile Health (mHealth)

Prior to the publication of the European Commission’s Green Paper on mobile Health (mHealth) later this year, EPHA is releasing a briefing paper that highlights some of the principal issues related to the debate. Mobile health – also known as mHealth – can be understood as the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services and health research. It is a component of the larger discipline of eHealth, which in turn can be defined as the (...)

EP resolution underlines the need for action on medicines access problem

On 18 April, the European Parliament (EP) voted on a Resolution on the impact of the financial and economic crisis on human rights. The resolution highlighted some of the global impacts of the crisis on the right to health. EPHA applauds the EP’s recognition of the multiple impacts of the crisis on ordinary people and the need to further champion public health across Europe. The Resolution states that "the rising price of medicines (by up to 30%) is having a negative impact on the (...)

Ageing populations- Council conclusions on the sustainability of public finances

After the economic and financial affairs Council meeting, the Council has stated that in order to fight the economic and financial crisis and enhance sustainable growth, EU Member States have to ensure progress towards long-term fiscal sustainability of public finances. Further implementations of structural reforms should be done in accordance with the Europe 2020 strategy. According to positive developments related to life expectancy, more attention has to be paid to ageing population (...)

Women and cervical cancer in the EU

On the occasion of the European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH), an EPHA member, presented its policy brief "Women and cervical cancer in the EU: promoting cervical cancer prevention" emphasising the need to reach a consensus across the European Union to put an end to the existing disparities between Member States. With 31 300 women developing the disease and 13 600 dying of it every year in the EU, cervical cancer remains the second (...)

Revised Digital Agenda aims to boost economic growth and innovation

Following a comprehensive policy review, the European Commission published an updated Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) on 18 December, which identifies seven new key areas to stimulate the conditions for creating growth and jobs in Europe. The focus is largely economic and eInclusion is not very pronounced, however it is hoped that in combination with the existing goals they can contribute to bridging the digital divide, especially for vulnerable groups and patients less likely or able to (...)

Council conclusions on Healthy Ageing across the Lifecycle

The December meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) adopted a set of conclusions on Healthy Ageing. It asks for a rethink of health systems towards more prevention. The Council also calls for a new Alcohol Strategy, to replace the current mandate which endsed in 2012. Europe’s population is rapidly ageing, which is challenging, among others, pillars of welfare , pensions, and healthcare systemss. The 2012 European Year for active ageing (...)

EPHA Position on Medical Devices Revision

Following the Commission proposals for a Regulation on Medical Devices and on In Vitro Medical Devices released in September 2012, EPHA has developed a position paper highlighting, inter alia, the importance of the provisions related to patient safety; the responsibilities of the notified bodies, and improved traceability. The EPHA Position on Medical Devices is supportive of the objectives - and legal format - of the Commission’s proposal which aims at ensuring a high level of human (...)

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