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EPHA Contribution to the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) Handbook for Trade Agreements

EPHA has recently contributed to the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) handbook for trade agreements. This guides organisations through the process of assessments necessary for their final reports. EPHA feels that the qualitative and quantitative analysis set out in this guide should have a specific chapter on public health, in line with the requirements of EU law (Health should be included into all EU policies (TFEU article 168)). The European Commission has decided to update its (...)

[Joint Letter] Greece: Social Europe Hanging in the Balance?

[Brussels, July 9th] The Social Platform, a collection of NGOs, have generated a letter to key European figures calling for socially-just reforms to put the well-being of people back at the heart of European policies. EPHA has signed, as a member of the social platform, a letter which outlines a belief that the urgent social situation in Greece is highlighting the social issues which are being experienced across Europe. It shows a belief that the economic conditions being imposed by (...)

Public Health Omitted From Trade Policy Day - Key Public Health Demands

Brussels, 23 June 2015 - EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström held a European Trade Policy Day that brought together a broad spectrum of high-level speakers. Stakeholders from civil society, the European Parliament, trade unions, business and academia gathered to put forward their views and ideas on European trade policy. EPHA regrets the fact that the Commission did not pay attention to the public health impacts of trade and, in response, has formulated a list of key public health (...)

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2015 CSRs

On 13 May 2015 the European Commission published the fifth edition of its country specific recommendations (CSRs), the centrepiece of the European Semester framework. The recommendations lay out the measures which the states should take in order to reach the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy and to maintain the broader stability and growth of the EU. In line with the Commission’s revised approach to the Semester the number of health-related recommendations issued and the level of (...)

[Press Release] NGOs Resign from Alcohol and Health Forum as Commission Ignores Member State and European Parliament Calls for Alcohol Strategy

2nd June - Public Health NGOs have today resigned from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, following the announcement by Commissioner Andriukaitis that he has no plans to establish a new EU Alcohol Strategy . The Commissioner’s decision goes against demands from Member States and the European Parliament for a new comprehensive Strategy to tackle alcohol harm in Europe. Membership of the Forum, which is chaired by DG Sante, includes drinks industry representatives and public health NGOs. (...)

EPHA warns that health priorities must not be forgotten in the new, streamlined Semester process

Brussels, 1 June 2015 - On 13 May the European Commission issued the 2015 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) – the centrepiece of the European Semester process – and the first recommendations to be issued by the Juncker Commission (1). In line with the new Commission’s revision of the Semester process, the scope of the CSRs is substantially reduced, focusing on a number of specific issue areas where implementation can be concretely measures and is expected to (...)

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2015 Country Reports

On 26 February the European Commission published the 2015 Country Reports, which replace the previous staff working documents as the key supporting texts of the European Semester process. Nearly three months later on 13 May, the 2015 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) – the centrepiece of the Semester – were issued to 26 member states (all except Greece and Cyprus, which are subject to separate EU and IMF monitoring). The contrast between the two sets of documents is (...)

References to health significantly reduced in 2015 CSRs

On 13 May the European Commission published the 2015 country specific recommendations (CSRs), which form the centrepiece of the European Semester. In line with the Juncker Commission’s revised approach to the European Semester, the number of recommendations made is reduced to focus on key priority areas. Upon taking office the new Commission initiated a reform of the European Semester process, which is now in its fifth cycle. The aim is to increase ownership of the Semester’s (...)

Juncker Commission Work Programme 2015 – What to Expect for Public Health?

November 20014 - Despite the existence of various pro-public health guidelines, Mr. Juncker’s Commission Programme gives cause for concern. The European Commission President Mr. Juncker and First Vice-President Mr. Timmermans outlined the draft list of key initiatives that constitute the Commission Work Programme (CWP), with an aim for it to be adopted in Strasbourg on December 16 after a discussion with the Members of the European Parliament. In a meantime, a number of political (...)
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Health-related commitments of European Commissioners for Health, Industry and Social Affairs

November 2014 - The new Commission under President Jean-Claude Juncker officially took office on 1st November. EPHA has closely monitored the evaluation process of the new College of Commissioners and collected the health relevant commitments the Commissioners for Health and Food Safety; Internal Market, Industry, Entrepeneurship and SMEs; and Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobilty. Vytenis Andriukatis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (EPHA evaluation of his (...)