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Join proposal to support Recommendations on Child Poverty & Well-being

An Ad hoc group including ATD fourth World, Caritas Europa, Coface, Eurochild, EAPN, Eurodaconia and PICUM have sent a letter to the László Andor, European Commissioner responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion, calling to better fight child poverty and promote child well-being. The letter has proposed set of guidelines on how to achieve more effective implementation of the Recommendation on Child Poverty and Well-being, by engaging stakeholders and government on local, (...)

Ireland’s Presidency Health Priorities presented

Ireland, in collaboration with its TRIO partners - Lithuania and Greece - has made a commitment to use its resources to prioritise solid progress on a number of key legislative dossiers in health and calls on member states to work together, sharing ideas, information and best practice. The Irish Presidency Programme, whose cornerstone is progressing the legislative agenda, contains a series of health priorities: on 23 January 2013 the Irish Minister of Health, James Reilly, presented them (...)

EU budget 2014-2020: EU leaders agree to historic cut

Following over a year of negotiations and a final 24 hour-long summit, the EU budget 2014-2020 was agreed on 8 February. Smaller than the current 2007-2013 budget, the new EU budget (called multiannual financial framework) sets the EU financial priorities and spending limits until 2020. This is the first time in the Union’s history that a net reduction on its budget has been made. The deal struck roughly represents 1% of EU Gross National Income. The net reduction comes at a time when (...)

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 (...)

[EPT] Horizon 2020 - Financial Programme - Specific Programme Implementing HORIZON 2020

Horizon 2020 The European Commission released Horizons 2020, which will be the financial instrument for research and innovation funding for research and innovation funding from 2014-2020. €8,5 Billion will be earmarked (of €80 Billion) to the health theme with the same priorities. Horizon 2020 will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area by 2014 and these measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine (...)

European Health Forum Gastein - 2012 Edition Highlights Austerity Impacts on Health

The 15th European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) took place between 3-6 October 2012 in Austria. This year’s conference theme was “Crisis and Opportunity – Health in an Age of Austerity’’, and the various plenary sessions, parallel forums and workshops covered topics ranging from health system sustainability to disease prevention, global health governance and the future of public health, research and innovation. In a sense, this year’s EHFG felt like a (...)

“Health for the EU in 33 success stories”- European Commission report

In light of the Health Programs Conference held in May (Brussels), the European Commission has just published a second edition of its report ’Health for the EU in 33 success stories’. The 33 success stories cover 10 public health issues: 1.Health threats; 2.Blood and organs; 3.HIV/AIDS and STDs; 4.Chronic diseases; 5.Cancer; 6.Rare diseases; 7.Nutrition and healthy lifestyle; 8.Health inequalities; 9.Youth and 10.Health information. John Dalli, the European Commissioner for (...)

EU long term budget- two months to go and negotiations still crawling

The Cyprus EU Presidency has been given the mandate to finalise negotiations on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The main discussion will take place at the November European Council convened by President Herman Van Rompuy on the 22nd and 23rd of November with the aim of reaching a political agreement. Despite the fact that a decision on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) will have to be concluded in November, EU Member States (MSs) Ministers have yet to have an (...)

EU Budget negotiations crunch time – will the EU promote a vision of a better future?

At the end of the Informal council meeting with Ministers of EU affairs to discuss the EU long-term budget, the Cyprus EU presidency announced an extra summit to discuss in-depth the proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the delay in discussions on actual figures to allow more time for agreement on broad principles. The clock is ticking for the EU to show the sound leadership required to face the massive common challenges it is enduring. EPHA, along with other members (...)

2013 budget stalemate: Where does health fit in?

The Council and Parliament are set to be at odds over the 2013 budget. The Council position rejected the European Commission’s proposal for a 6.8% increase in commitment appropriations and called to limit the payments increase to 2.79% compared to 2012 and the increase of commitments to 1.27%. The 2013 budget is important as it is the last year of the current multiannual financial framework – the Commission and Parliament view the €8.9-billion increase as necessary to (...)