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New EPHA report: Impacts of economic policies on access to healthcare in Europe

Since the economic crisis, policy changes across Europe appear to be moving away from universal health systems with broad coverage to systems where sections of the population are excluded from the scope of publicly available services. A new EPHA report presents and analyses these trends from across Europe and makes a contrast between the evidence that inclusive health, social, welfare and employment policies being beneficial to the economy with recent changes and health outcomes. As well (...)

Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal on food security and sustainable agriculture

In light of the ongoing discussions around the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the recently presented proposal document of the UN Open Working Group, EPHA joined an advocacy initiative of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) to call for re-consideration of the proposed Goal 2 on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture ("Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture"). (...)

EPHA response to Public Consultation on Europe 2020 Strategy Mid-Term Review

Below you can find EPHA’s response to the public consultation on the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy. EPHA believes that the Europe 2020 Strategy should be revised in order to better serve the public health interests of Europeans. Current targets do not invest enough in sustainable development despite its potential to create economic surplus in addition to social benefits. EPHA advocates the addition of more health targets in the Europe 2020 Strategy as well as more (...)

[Joint Open Letter] Litigation from multinationals could block progressive EU environmental and social policies

Brussels, 9 January 2014 - Ten leading European Public Health, Transparency and Environment NGOs, including EPHA, signed an open letter which highlights serious concerns with the mechanism called the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) that risks becoming part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This letter has been published on[Euractive’s website. The European Commission has repeatedly promised civil society that the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and (...)

[Corporate sovereignty] How trade policy gives companies tools to delay measures to protect public health

On 3 December 2013, Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Linda McAvan (S&D) and Carl Schlyter (Greens) hosted a debate in the European Parliament on the 514 cases that corporations have brought against governments. Some of the examples presented included the international tobacco giant Philip Morris suing the governments of Uruguay and Australia for introducing plain cigarette packaging. This debate is particularly relevant in light of current negotiations between the EU and the (...)

[European Council] Conclusions on Sustainable Health Systems - putting the spotlight on the health impacts of the crisis

On 10 December, Health Ministers unanimously adopted Council Conclusions on the Reflection Process on Modern, Responsive and Sustainable Health Systems, prepared by the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. In the Conclusions the Member States acknowledge the core role of health for the economic prosperity and stress the importance of the principles of solidarity, universal health care accessibility as well as the horizontal principle “health in all policies”. (...)

[EPHA Position Paper] Sustainable Food Systems

October 16 - On the United Nations’ World Food Day 2013 themed "Healthy People depend on Healthy Food Systems", and after contributing to the European Commission’s consultation on a Sustainable Food Systems, EPHA launch a position paper on the issue to add to an ongoing debate between Civil Society, policy-makers and other stakeholders. What we eat and how our food is produced and consumed is important for our health - health is a prerequisite for economic growth and inclusive (...)

[EPHA briefing] The Lithuanian EU presidency Health Priorities

On 1 July Lithuania took over the last full EU Council of Ministers Presidency before the European elections of 2014. The Lithuanian Presidency will focus its efforts in restoring EU’s economy credibility, attaining economic growth and better employment opportunities and reinforcing the EU as a model of openness and security, building on the cooperation with its Trio partners. The Lithuanian Priorities for health Presentation - Health Priorities of the Lithuanian EU Presidency (...)

OECD & EPHA - Inclusive Growth only possible by challenging current growth model

On April 3, EPHA Secretary General participated in a high-level workshop on "Defining and Measuring Inclusive Growth" organised by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). With this initiative, the OECD wants to revise the way economic growth is approached– from purely pro-growth to inclusive growth – while seeking ways to improve the way policy is made and implemented. A key objective of the workshop was to develop a roadmap for policies for inclusive (...)

[EPT] Fund for European Aid - European Fund - Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (updated on 18 March)

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived The European Commission (DG Employment) has proposed to set up a European Aid Fund to help the most deprived persons in the EU. A successor to the Food Aid to the Most Deprived, this new Fund would support member state schemes not only by providing food aid to the most deprived people, but also clothing and other essential goods to homeless people and materially-deprived children (such as shoes, soap and shampoo). The proposal is yet to be (...)