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Public consultation on Revision of European Commission’s Impact Assessment guidelines

EPHA welcomes the Commission’s revision of the guidelines on Impact Assessment (IA) and the opportunity to contribute to this process via consultation. EPHA is able to offer suggestions for improving the way health impacts of EU policy are evaluated, and we highlight the need for IA to take account of the impact of EU policy upon NGOs and other third sector bodies. EPHA does not claim to have expertise in the practices of IA methodology, but rather has experience in the growing use of (...)

[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”. (...)

Can Health Impact Assessment methods be used to tackle global health equity?

A recent survey has examined if current health impact assessment (HIA) methods could be used to tackle global health equity. The poll shows that HIA do not address the issue of equity adequately. Existing HIAs will therefore require new, more sensitive tools measurements. The study looks at whether health equity impact assessments can be used to measure economic agreements, market regulation, and public policies. The results has proven that in current HIAs, equity is not addressed (...)

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EPHA Press Release - Big Business desperate to maintain their unchecked influence on Brussels decision-making

26 September 2012, Brussels - Today the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and BusinessEurope (1) are holding a seminar on the role of the European Parliament (EP) in assessing the costs and benefits of regulation. Terms such as ‘smart regulation’ (2) and ‘competitiveness proofing’ (3) cannot be used as euphemisms to exploit the fears around the current economic climate in order to persuade regulators that further deregulation and an above-all, pursuit of profit (...)

EPHA Response to the Smart Regulation Consultation 2012: Improving stakeholder dialogue and Impact Assessment?

The European Commission aims to draw lessons from the two year implementation of the Smart Regulation Agenda and on how to improve the quality of legislation through a stakeholder consultation which closed on September 21. Building on EPHA’s previous position on Smart Regulation, EPHA responded to the Commission Consultation. Smart regulation should mean well thought out through, effective and proportionate measures to protect health, improve the quality and safety of goods and (...)

EPHA Policy Recommendations for measuring health in Sustainability Impact Assessments

25 December 2012 - Using the growing body of evidence that GDP alone cannot measure the progress of society, EPHA has developed a series of policy recommendations aimed at improving health impact assessment at an EU level. This year the European Commission will conduct an assessment of its roadmap on “GDP and beyond: Measuring progress in a changing world.” In February 2012, EPHA undertook an assessment of progress made at an EU level since 2008, and how progress is measured as (...)

European Innovation Partnership on Healthy & Active Ageing - results of the workshops on Care and Cure

On 23-24 June 2011, EPHA attended a workshop on ‘’Care and Cure’’ as part of a series of topical seminars on the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing. The workshop covered three themes, ‘’Integrated Care’’, ‘’Chronic Conditions Management’’, and ‘’Evidence, Cost-effectiveness and Cost-efficiency’’. It identified a number of objectives for each theme in order to enhance (...)

European Commission report on socio-economic aspects of GMO cultivation in Europe

The European Commission report on the socio-economic implicatoin of GMO cultivation reveals that the existing information is often statistically limited. Background In December 2008, the Environmental Council of Ministers requested the European Commission to collect and exchange relevant information on socio-economic implications of cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) along the food chain in the European Union. Key findings The experience with GMO cultivation in Europe (...)

MEPs want EU countries to be able to ban GMOs on environmental grounds

After MEPs from the Environment Committee, at the plenary sitting in Strasbourg (5 July 2011) all MEPs agree to give Member States a choice of whether to ban or restrict GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) crops on their territory, adding environmental impacts to a European Commission’s list of grounds on which restrictions could be introduced. The European Commission issued in July 2010 a proposal for a regulation to revise the the current framework regarding the cultivation of (...)