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[Open letter] Public Health recommendations for strong National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive

Ahead of the 16 December Environment Council meeting, 17 health organisations signed a letter containing recommendations to Environment and Health Ministers for ambitious EU action that will benefit people’s health, the environment and the economy. Open letter - Public Health recommendations for strong National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive (pdf) To: Ministers of Environment of the European Union Member States CC: Ministers of Health of the European Union Member States Dear (...)

EU Parliament vote improves measures to decrease air pollution but turns its back on 42,800 lives

The EU Parliament has adopted a less ambitious stand on air pollution than wished for by ENVI. Brussels, 28 October 2015. The European Parliament voted today on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive, setting out national limits on a range of air pollutants. The vote, strengthening existing rules, has proven the commitment of MEPs towards improving air quality and protecting public health in the European Union. Members of the European Parliament voted to support a series of (...)

Call for clean air

EPHA has co-signed this letter to MEPs which highlights the importance of an upcoming plenary vote on the air quality of Europe and refers to the health implications of this law being passed. Open letter to MEPs - Call for clean air (pdf) CALL FOR CLEAN AIR 28 October Plenary vote on the NEC Directive 23 October 2015 Dear Member of the European Parliament, Clean air - everywhere - for European (...)

[Letter to MEPs] Call for Clean Air

Ahead of the 15 July vote in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the revised National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive report, more than 60 health, environmental and animal welfare organisations signed a letter containing recommendations to MEPs for ambitious EU action that will benefit people’s health, the environment and the economy. Letter to ENVI MEPs - CALL FOR CLEAN AIR (pdf) Dear Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) (...)

EPHA welcomes the WHO resolution on health impacts of air pollution

The 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place between 18 and 26 May in Geneva, where key stakeholders met to discuss among other things, the health impact of air pollution, the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the health and humanitarian crisis in Nepal following the recent earthquake, environmental contaminants and the importance of health at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015. As part of the conclusions, delegates adopted a resolution to deal with the health (...)

European Parliament wants to continue developing air quality standards

26 January 2015 - Most of the political groups in the European Parliament continued action on the proposed air quality package in their draft resolutions on the European Commission’s 2015 Work Programme. The Social-Democrats (S&D), Liberals (ALDE), Greens/EFA, Eurosceptics EFDD and Left (GUE/NGL) groups all criticised the Commission’s tentative suggestion to withdraw a proposal to improve air quality as well as other proposed environmental measures. Before the January (...)

[Joint call] EU Parliament should send strong message to Commission to continue negotiations on Air Quality Directive

Brussels, 12 January 2015 - Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), will this week be debating their position on the 2015 Commission Work Programme. As leading environmental, health, lawyers’ and civil society organisations from all over Europe, we call upon MEPs to oppose any delay in the negotiations on a revised National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive. pdf/NGO_Letter_Air_Pollution_2015_Work_Programme.pdf To Members of the European Parliament Dear Honourable Member of the (...)

Health groups express dismay at potential withdrawal of EU Clean Air Policy Package

Brussels, 18 November 2014 - Today, public health, patients’, and medical organisations sent a letter to EU Commission President Juncker expressing their dismay at any consideration to withdraw the EU Clean Air Policy Package, as presented by EU Environment and Health Commissioners Potocnik and Borg in December 2013. The letter calls on President Juncker to keep the proposal and work with the European Parliament and Council to ensure a swift and ambitious adoption. You can download (...)

WHO consultation on climate change and health research priorities (July 19th)

WHO has launched the "Research priority setting exercise: Health and Climate Change Agenda 2015-2025" survey - a unique opportunity to contribute to the debate on climate change and health research priorities: air quality and respiratory disease, cardiovascular diseases and stroke, heat- and weather-related morbidity, mental health, food vector and water borne diseases. The deadline of this survey is July 19th (Friday). Summary of the research Climate change is now widely considered to (...)

[HEAL report] In Poland, health cost associated with air pollution from coal power generation accounts to 3-8.2 bn euro every year

Burning coal in power plants in Poland results in health costs of PLN 12.5 to 34.4 billion (€3 to 8.2 billion) every year, according to a study presented in Warsaw today by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), a non-profit alliance of organisations from the health and medical sector. The new study links air pollution from power plants burning coal and lignite with chronic illness and premature deaths in Poland. Health groups warn that the use of coal is harmful and (...)