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Pierre Moscovici » Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs

On 10 September 2014 President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced his nomination of Pierre Moscovici to the post of Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. Mr Moscovici is a former Minister of Finance and Economy, as well as of European Affairs, and has previously served as a Vice-President of the European Parliament. He ran President François Hollande’s campaign for office in 2012 and was an integral part of the Hollande (...)

Alcohol Minimum Unit Price case to be decided by European courts

The Court of Session, Scotland’s supreme civil court, has today referred their Alcohol Minimum Unit Price (MUP) Act to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling. This follows an appeal from the alcohol industry to last year’s verdict on the matter. In May 2012, The Scottish Parliament passed the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act, setting a 50p minimum unit price (MUP) as part of an effort to tackle alcohol misuse. The Scotch Whisky Association (...)

[Press release] EPHA on the EU Parliament’s plea to the Troika to improve accountability of economic governance

Brussels, 13 March 2014 – Today the European Parliament adopted two milestone reports (1) which enquired into the workings of the Troika (2) and called for an end to it. These reports note that the economic reforms put forward by the Troika, compromise transparency and accountability, impacted health system organisation and failed to rectify recommendations when flawed growth forecasts and fiscal assumptions were made. “For way too long it has not been clear who bears (...)

[EPHA Call to Action] Health in the reform of economic governance

EPHA has launched a call for action for health, civil society and the reform of EU economic governance. Since the financial crisis began in 2007, the EU has introduced numerous new mechanisms, such as tighter coordination of economic and fiscal policies, to alleviate the current symptoms and prevent their recurrence. Several of those measures have impacts on health systems and consequently on health. The EU nowadays has stronger influence and control over national health systems than it (...)

[EPHA Consultation] Response on sustainable development

EPHA took part in the recent consultation on sustainable development. At the meeting, EPHA suggested a number of ways that health could be promoted in the follow up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) 2012. EPHA strongly supports the efforts made by the Council to support sustainable development and the Beyond GDP agenda. Moreover, EPHA calls on the Commission to include a health dimension and to give strong political support for progress measures beyond GDP (...)

Strengthening Nursing Education Saves Lives

The impact of the economic crisis on nursing and health systems and subsequent challenges that the European Union faces, are highlighting areas where greater policy making and political decisions are needed. The updating of the Directive 2005/36/EC could politically be a step back to the Seventies if decisions are taken without considering existing evidence. The health sector is recognised as being a key driver to increasing growth and economic sustainability, yet the lack of investment (...)

Eleven countries set to "green light" Financial Transaction Tax

Following the EU Finance Minister meeting in Luxembourg in October, 10 Countries wrote to the Commission to show their support for a financial transaction Tax. On 23 October, the Commission launched its proposal. On the 23 October, The European Commission set forward its proposals for a Financial Transaction Tax through enhanced cooperation with Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Estonia is consulting with its Parliament at the (...)

EU Sugar Regime - should the public health community be concerned?

The European Union (EU) is the world’s biggest producer of beet sugar and the principal importer of raw cane sugar for refining. The EU sugar market is regulated by production quotas (dating back to 1968), a minimum beet price and trade mechanisms. However, the Commission’s legislative proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2013 includes no proposal to continue the sugar production quota regime after 2015. An intense struggle is underway between EU sugar (...)

New WHO study on Policy responses to the Financial Crisis

A publication released by the WHO shows how the response to the economic crisis across the European Region varies across health systems. The Study highlights the three main challenges facing policy-makers: Health systems require predictable sources of revenue. Sudden interruptions to public revenue streams can make it difficult to maintain necessary levels of health care. Cuts to public spending on health made in response to an economic shock typically come at a time when health (...)