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[EPHA Guide] The EU and Health


14 October, 2013 - The EPHA Secretariat, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, LAUNCHED TODAY a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU’s competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. This guide could be used as a one-stop resource manual on how the EU deals with public health in Europe. A gateway to help you to better make sense of the EU’s (...)
01/09/2015

Food price policies are a key factor to promote healthier diets, says WHO


Faced with increasing levels of overweight and obesity and non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, caused largely by unhealthy diets, policy-makers right across Europe are looking for solutions to reduce the cost burden on health services and public budgets. In response to the common health challenges across Europe, the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region agreed a common policy framework entitled Health 2020 with a goal to “significantly (...)
26/03/2015

WHO recommends cutting sugar intake to six teaspoons per day


Reducing sugars intake to less than 10% of total daily calories: a strong recommendation from WHO. The WHO has recommended to governments to take measures to reduce sugar intake to less than 10% of daily calories. The new sugar guideline points out that further reduction to 5% - which equates to around 25g or 6 teaspoons per day – would bring further benefits to health. There is increasing concern that consumption of free sugars, especially in the form of sugar-sweetened drinks, (...)
19/03/2015

[Joint press statement] Save the EU School Fruit Scheme: ‘Better Regulation’ must not be put ahead of children’s health


25 February 2015, Brussels – The European Commission may be planning to abandon (1) the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS), a programme that provides fruit and vegetables and promotes healthy eating habits to more than 8.6 million children and more than 50.000 schools across Europe. Ahead of a Commission meeting with EU member states and stakeholders to discuss the scheme on 2 March, a coalition of twelve public health and fruit and vegetable organisations called (2) (3) on the (...)
25/02/2015

Phil Hogan » Commissioner for Agriculture


PHIL HOGAN (54) born in Kilkenny, Ireland, is an Irish conservative politician who was nominated as Agriculture Commissioner in September 2014 after having previously served as Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. As part of his designated responsibilities (as indicated by new European Commission’s President Mr Juncker in his mission letter), Mr Hogan’s responsibilities will include issues related to food security, sustainable development of (...)
28/09/2014

EPHA to advise DG Agriculture on public health related issues of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as part of new Civil Dialogue Groups system


The Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission announced its decision on the composition of civil dialogue groups, dealing with matters relevant to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EPHA was awarded membership in all advisory groups applied for, making it possible to voice its long-standing commitment to advancing a public health approach to European food production systems. Meetings will take place from September 2014. The (...)
08/08/2014

Council discusses merging of EU School Fruit and Milk Scheme and adopts conclusions on fruit and vegetables


On 17-18 June, the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the European Union (EU) discussed progress made on the proposals for regulations merging the aid scheme for the supply of fruit, vegetables and milk in educational settings. The Council also adopted its Conclusions on the fruit and vegetable sector since the 2007 reform. The Presidency presented its progress report on the Commission proposals for regulations merging the schemes for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk (...)
22/07/2014

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 (...)
20/06/2014

NGOs call for a better and more balanced composition of new European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development


14 June 2014 - The environment, public health and farm animal welfare communities across Europe have sent a letter to the in-coming European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that its constituency properly reflects the needs and concerns of society as a whole, rather than primarily representing the sectoral interests of the farming community only. Composition of the EP Agriculture Committee Open letter to Members of the European Parliament (MEPS) (...)
17/06/2014

European Commission allocates national budgets for 2014/2015 EU School Fruit Scheme


The Management Committee of the EU School Fruit Scheme agreed on the final national envelopes available for the 2014/15 operating period of the Scheme in each participating Member State. The decision takes into account the increase in EU funds from €90 million to €150 million, that was agreed in the context of the most recent CAP 2020 reform. In addition to financing the distribution of fruit and vegetables in educational settings, the funds will, for the first time, also be (...)
12/06/2014