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Public Health priorities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union outlined its priorities and main events in the field of public health to the Working Party on Public Health. Despite not managing a legislative dossier for which the group would be competent, developments in the pipeline are relevant for civil society engagement. Inspired by the Third Union Programme for Action in the field of health (2014-2020), EU Health Strategy, World Health Organization reports, reflection processes on (...)

European Council adopts legislative proposals reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

On 16 December 2013, the Agriculture Ministers of the EU formally adopted the four Basic Regulations for the reformed Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), as well as the Transition Rules for 2014. This follows on the approval of these Regulations by the European Parliament on 20 November. Common agricultural policy: the reform is approved by the Council Since EPHA began working on farming policy we have been advocating for the CPA to include access to healthy diets, improve policy coherence (...)

[Joint Press Release] A Call for Action - The Vilnius Declaration

Sustainable Health Systems for Inclusive Growth in Europe. Lithuanian Presidency conference issues urgent call for action for immediate moves to protect Europe’s healthcare systems Vilnius (Lithuania) 21 November 2013 – Austerity cuts have put Europe’s healthcare systems under severe pressure, increasing health inequalities and threatening sustainability in the future. Now, European governments and the European Union need to take immediate action to prevent further (...)

[EPHA briefing] The Lithuanian EU presidency Health Priorities

On 1 July Lithuania took over the last full EU Council of Ministers Presidency before the European elections of 2014. The Lithuanian Presidency will focus its efforts in restoring EU’s economy credibility, attaining economic growth and better employment opportunities and reinforcing the EU as a model of openness and security, building on the cooperation with its Trio partners. The Lithuanian Priorities for health Presentation - Health Priorities of the Lithuanian EU Presidency (...)

[EPT] Fund for European Aid - European Fund - Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (updated on 18 March)

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived The European Commission (DG Employment) has proposed to set up a European Aid Fund to help the most deprived persons in the EU. A successor to the Food Aid to the Most Deprived, this new Fund would support member state schemes not only by providing food aid to the most deprived people, but also clothing and other essential goods to homeless people and materially-deprived children (such as shoes, soap and shampoo). The proposal is yet to be (...)

Council of the EU discusses General Data Protection Regulation

The Justice and Home Affairs Council met on Friday 8 March to debate the latest Council discussion paper, which asked member states for their positions and concerns regarding two main elements of the GDPR - the use of a risk-based approach and the need to provide flexibility for the public sector. The meeting was chaired by Mr Alan Shatter, Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence and opened with a presentation by Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, (...)

Council conclusions on the Annual Growth Survey 2013

The council has presented the conclusions on the Annual Growth Survey 2013. The Conclusions’ first part focuses on the 2013 European Semester; the second part analyses fiscal and macroeconomic policy consolidation with special attention on restoring lending to the economy and promoting growth and competitiveness. Finally, the last part shows how to mobilise EU level growth drivers. The Council has stated that the main priorities in the current economic situation should be reviving (...)

[EPT] Car noise pollution - new EU regulation - sound level of motor vehicles

Sound level of motor vehicles In December 2011, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation aimed at tightening noise emissions standards for cars, vans, lorries and buses. To become law, the regulation now needs approval by the Parliament and member states. Vehicle noise standards were last updated in 1996, so were long overdue. More than 200 million European citizens (one in three) are regularly exposed to traffic noise levels that put their health at risk. One in (...)

Next presidential trio - what’s there for agriculture and food?

FOODSTUFFS The three Presidencies will work together to ensure a high level of food safety, taking into account the work conducted by the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius and the essential role of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to carry risk assessments as part of authorisation procedures. They will ensure the adoption of the proposed regulation on food intended for infants and young children and on food for special medical purposes, aimed at replacing the current legal regime on (...)