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[Press release ahead of EPSCO Council meeting] How to put health at the heart of the Europe2020 Strategy

Brussels, 28 November – Ahead of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council on 1 December, EPHA has sent an open letter (1) to health ministers urging them to ensure that the mid-term revision of the Europe 2020 Strategy places a high value on health (2)(3). EPHA also asks ministers to focus on Europe’s social commitments in their upcoming discussions of the 2015 annual growth survey (AGS). In its letter, EPHA recommends that: The social and (...)

**UPDATE** Economic governance issues top agendas in a week of committee meetings

October 2014 - Recent weeks have seen meetings of many of the European Parliament’s committees and several configurations of the Council of Ministers of the EU. In most of these meetings, economic governance issues - in particular the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester - have been high on the agenda, with a number of implications for health. On Monday 13 October the Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) voted to adopt (...)

EPSCO Council adopts conclusions on economic crisis and health care

On 19-20 June 2014, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and the Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) held a meeting in Luxembourg. On the agenda were issues including the Social dimension of the European Monetary Union (EMU) and the health impact of the crisis. The EPSCO Council brings together ministers responsible for employment, social affairs, health and consumer policy from all EU Member States. Relevant European Commissioners also participate in meetings which happen four times a (...)

Council conclusions on nutrition and physical activity

20 June 2014 - As result of the Council Meeting on Nutrition and Physical Activity in Luxembourg on 20 June 2014, the Council adopted the following conclusions: "The Council of the European Union recalls: 1. Article 168 of the TFEU which states that a high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Union policies and activities and provides that Union action; 2. The Council conclusions on: Health in all policies; Putting the EU (...)

Legal action for Roma inclusion: a new dawn for Roma Health Mediators?

At its 9-10 December meeting, the Council of the European Union adopted unanimously the Council recommendations on effective Roma integration measures in the member states. They focus on the main vulnerability factors of Roma such as poor health, poor housing, poor nutrition, exclusion, discrimination, racism and violence. It’s of EPHA’s view that Roma Health Mediators can play an important role in its implementation. Now, it is up to EU Member States to translate the rhetoric (...)

Social Platform Networking visit in Lithuania (22-24 May 2013)

Lithuania will hold the rotating EU presidency of the Council in the second half of 2013 (July-December 2013). The Social Platform, (an alliance of representative European federations and networks of non-governmental organisations active in the social sector) set up a delegation to Lithuania. EPHA, as a member organisation of the Social Platform, was represented in the delegation. Draft Programme Objectives of the visit To deliver messages to the upcoming Lithuanian presidency on (...)

EPHA met with Emer COSTELLO MEP (IE, S&D), rapporteur of the proposal ’Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAMD)

In October last year, the Commission presented a new proposal for a Regulation on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived for 2014-2020. Emer Costello MEP (S&D, IE) has been appointed as the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the draft EU Regulation, proposed by the European Commission recently, to establish a new €2.5 billion EU Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived* providing food and essential goods to deprived people, the homeless and children, over the (...)

Council conclusions on Combating Violence Against Women, and the Provision of Support Services for Victims of Domestic Violence

The Council of the European Union adopted its conclusions on Violence Against Women at its 3206th Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer affairs (EPSCO) Council meeting on 6 December 2012. The council calls to consider 2015 as the European Year on Zero Tolerance for Violence against Women. Considering the fact that violence against women affects society as a whole, the Council adopted a few conclusions to tackle the problem. There is NO justification whatsoever for violence (...)

Civil Society Contact Group writes to EU Council for an EU Budget that meets peoples’ needs and EU responsabilities

The extraordinary November Summit will focus solely on the EU Budget. Heads of State will defend the budget lines that their countries receive funds from. In this context, members of the Civil Society Contact Group call for a re-prioritisation of EU funds to where they have the biggest impact on the environment, extreme poverty, and people living in Europe. The 22-23 November European Council is a crucial summit for ensuring that the next MFF delivers adequate financing for sustainable (...)

The fine art of lobbying - Lobbying the EU in Times of Crisis

EPHA attended the 13 November 2012 meeting on ’EU-Lobbying in Zeiten der Krisen’ organised by the permanent representation of Lower Saxony to the EU.