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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 (...)

“Know your air for health” to mark World Environment Day

Brussels, 5th June 2014 - On the occasion of World Environment Day, EPHA puts the spotlights on the "Know your air for health" website, recently launched by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Organisations (EFA). It addresses air pollution as a major public health concern. Consequences of air pollution range from immediate effects, such as coughing and wheezing, to triggering and aggravating respiratory diseases, (...)

[Event report] What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? - A COPD case study of patient involvement

On the 28th of November 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA) celebrated World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013 together. The conference held under the auspices of the Lithuanian EU Presidency discussed the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020, and standards of care for COPD, with a patient’s perspective. The conference offered free (...)

[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 (...)

[Report] The Unpaid Health Bill - how is coal pollution making us sick?

How is coal pollution making us sick? is the latest Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) report launched on 7 March. The paper provides an overview of the scientific evidence of how air pollution impacts on health and how emissions from coal power plants are implicated in this. It presents the first ever economic assessment of the health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Europe as well as testimonies from leading health advocates, medical experts and policy (...)

[Save the date] Spotlight on Clean Air & Health

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Health and Environmental Alliance (HEAL) focus on the connection between clean air and Health in an event hosted by Satu Hassi MEP (FI, the Greens) and co-hosted by Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu MEP (RO, S&D) in the European Parliament on 19 March 2013. You all are very welcomed to attend this event! You can register using this registration link The event will run from 18:00 in the Altiero Spinelli (ASP) building in room ASP 5E1 (...)