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[Europe+] Open Letter to new Members of the European Parliament


Brussels, 8 July 2014 – Today marks the official launch of Europe+ (Civil Society for the Renewal of European Democracy), a broad grass-roots alliance which brings together over 40 organisations from civil society calling for renewed and better functioning democracy in the EU. Founded over the past year, during a time when Europe has been facing testing political and economic challenges, Europe+ is being officially launched at the European Parliament. A transparent and inclusive (...)
08/07/2014

Mental healthcare under-resourced in too many countries, says Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


8 July 2014 - According to the OECD, mental health is still not a priority in many countries. Governments should review the importance and influence of mental illness in people’s lives. It is estimated that people with a severe mental disorder die up to 20 years earlier than the general population, as well as being six to seven times more likely to be unemployed, with one in two people with mental ill-health having complications in their career (prospects, wages and productivity). (...)
08/07/2014

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 (...)
23/06/2014

Launch of European Call to Action ’A Health Worker for Everyone, Everywhere!’


On 5 June 2014, the partners of the ’Health workers for all and all for health workers’ (HW4All) project released a European Call to Action in support of the implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. EPHA has been involved in raising awareness of this Code since 2011 and will be co-promoting the European Call to Action, entitled ’A health worker for everyone, everywhere!’, which is now open for signatures (...)
06/06/2014

EPHA participates in meeting between Member States and Advisory Group on ’Fruit and Vegetables’ and EU School Fruit Scheme Experts Group


On 20 May, EPHA participated in a joint meeting between EU Member States (MS), DG Agriculture’s Advisory Group on Fruit and Vegetables and the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS) Expert Group. The meeting was an opportunity to review the current SFS implementation period. A presentation given by DG Agriculture’s Unit dealing with the SFS, summarised the scheme’s current implementation period of 2013/2014 but also presented a couple of interesting findings from the 2012/2013 (...)
04/06/2014

[Press statement] European voters demand urgent shift from business as usual


Brussels, 26 May 2014 - The European Parliament elections have sent a clear message to the European institutions: business as usual is not an option. It is delivering for Europe, not for people living in Europe, and at EPHA we question whether it is delivering for the health and well-being of people living in Europe. As dozens of millions of Europeans voiced their concerns in the ballot box, our European leaders cannot afford to keep running the European Union (EU) the way they have done (...)
26/05/2014

EPHA sends open letter on French fast food tax


In March 2014 the French Senate published a report ’Taxation and Public Health: evaluation of behavioural taxation’ to back up a proposal to introduce a ’junk food tax’ on products associated with increased non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The main objective of the proposed tax would be to counteract poor dietary habits and to compensate for the public health costs linked to the consumption of junk food - currently hugely overlooked from any public debate around the (...)
07/04/2014

[EU-US trade agreement] Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) consultation: A missed opportunity?


On 27 March, the European Commission (EC) launched a public consultation on the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) chapter within the context of the Transatlantic (ie EU-US) Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Weeks earlier, the EU Trade Commissioner put a halt to negotiations over the ISDS due to mounting criticism from civil society groups and the European Parliament (EP). 07 April 2014 - This consultation has been presented by the EC as a solution to increase transparency (...)
07/04/2014

[European elections] S&D Group stand on Health workforce


The S&D Group from the European Parliament launched this week a 10 point Plan called “Europe Back to work”. It consists on a series of measures that they want to implement in order to take Europe out of the crises and is being presented in the context of this May’s European Elections. As EPHA we have taken a closer look to what it says on health and social related issues that might be of interest for the Public Health Community. Health workforce and labour shortages (...)
05/04/2014

EPHA involved in review and mapping of continuous professional development and lifelong learning for health professionals in the EU


The Commission’s Action Plan for the EU health workforce addresses continuous professional development to safeguard patient safety within the context of cross-border mobility of health professionals and patients in the EU. On 10 October 2013, a consortium led by the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and also consisting of the Council of European Dentists (CED), the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), the European Midwives Association (EMA), the European (...)
27/03/2014