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Correcting health workforce imbalances: What coordinating role for the EU?

Co-organised by the Health Workers for All (HW4All) project, the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and EPHA, a policy debate took place on 5 May 2015 which discussed how the ethical recruitment principles of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel could best be implemented. It focused on the European context where professional mobility is encouraged in the Internal Market yet posing increasing challenges for the health systems (...)

Applying ethical recruitment principles in Europe

In the run-up to the event, ’Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU: Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence’, Health Workers for All (HW4All) have released a number of case studies that highlight good practices related to achieving a more equitable distribution of health workers across Europe, while highlighting the importance of respecting internationally mobile health workers’ rights. Four op-ed articles have been released since December by HW4All coordinator (...)

EPHA calls on national governments to support healthy nutrition while developing national operational programmes of the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived

September 2014 - European Public Health Alliance, Europe’s largest network of public health organisations and NGOs advocating for better health for all and reducing health inequalities, has launched its call on governments of all 28 EU Member States to support healthy nutrition while developing their national operational programmes for the new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived, formerly "Free Food for Europe’s Poor". As the responsibility for the programme oscillates (...)

[EPHA Open letter] Asking for support for the Scottish Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol (MUP)

In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) to tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other European wine and spirits producers took action against the proposal claiming that it breaches the UK’s European Union (EU) treaty obligations. Since there is a growing body of evidence which shows that price increases can have a substantial impact on reducing consumption, and consequently on (...)

Ombudsman opens investigation into Commission’s expert groups

On 14 May 2014 the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, opened an investigation on her own initiative into the composition and transparency of the Commission’s expert groups. In EPHA we welcome this as it echoes a historical demand from civil society groups: that in key Commission-led legislative procedures NGOs concerns are equally heard vis-à-vis the ones of corporate stakeholders. With EU citizen’s trust towards the EU at minimum levels, the Commission should take into (...)

Public health community encourages European Commission to "revive" scientific group of Alcohol Forum

On March 20, EPHA along with UEG, EASL, Eurocare and the Royal College of Physicians wrote an open letter welcoming the initiative by the European Commission to reframe and potentially expand the competences of the EU Alcohol Health Forum (EAHF). The Forum, which aims at providing scientific advice and guidance on matters under alcohol research, has been inactive for about two years. However, we believe that the EAHF can play an important role in breaking through the status quo by (...)

Sugar users ‘disappointed’ by agriculture committee vote to keep sugar quotas

Sugar users were dealt a blow on sugar quota reform, after the European agriculture committee voted to extend the current system to 2020, rejecting a proposal to end quotas by 2015. Update: the final deal settled down at ending the sugar quota regime in 2017. Further detaild are available in the Food navigator website EPHA related articles EU and Member States’ strategies on nutrition, overweight and obesity WHO Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health (...)

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 (...)

EPHA publishes Policy Recommendations on Child Poverty, Health and Well-being

To feed into the European Commission’s preparations around Recommendation on Child Poverty planned for early 2013, EPHA publishes a set of Policy Recommendations on Child Poverty, Health and Well-being aimed at preventing and tackling child poverty by addressing health promotion and disease of the child population. The recommendation will be presented on the occasion of EPHA’s European Parliament seminar on the same issue on 4 December 2012. 2012 EPHA Recommendation on Child (...)

WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopts European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services

On September 13, The European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services was adopted by the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Regional Committee for Europe at its 62nd session that took place in Malta. The Plan has been developed through an extensive consultative process to strengthen integrated service delivery in health protection, disease prevention and health promotion. This new scheme takes into account the challenges that society is facing, such as (...)