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[Evaluation] Hungarian Candidate Commissioner Candidate Navracsics Rejected for his Portfolio

After the Hearing of the Hungarian Commissioner Candidate Tibor Navracsics, the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education rejected him, for the nominated portfolio - Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship - while confirming him, as a Commissioner. This move is a result of controversial policies in Hungary with regard to civil society, media freedom and respect of Fundamental Rights and the rule of law. The inevitable reshuffle of the Commission provides for a next round of (...)

Statement of Clarification in Responses to Questions Regarding the Pharmaceutical Industry

11 September 2014 - We would like to confirm in response to a number of questions received today that the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) is withdrawing its support for the proposed Health for Citizen’s Intergroup in the European Parliament. EPHA had been discussing support for an Intergroup as part of a coalition of non-governmental organisations and organisations representing economic operators, a new and exciting venture with the expectation of supporting the European (...)

Mr Juncker, Commission president-nominated, and his EPP priorities on health and social issues

7 July 2014 - After days of tough negotiations, the European Council of EU Heads of State and Government decided to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. As the initial block of countries who opposed Juncker was finally reduced to Hungary and most strongly, the UK, the fear that the next Commission President would not be the candidate for the most voted for political group in the last EU elections faded away. Even Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister, (...)

[EU Elections 2014] What will they mean for health policy for the next five years?

Over the last four days, dozens of millions of Europeans have made their voice heard. By casting their vote at the European Parliament (EP) elections, they decided who they want to represent them in the upcoming 2014-2020 European Parliament term. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) encourages the new Parliament to ensure that health and well-being in Europe are brought into the heart of European policy-making. 28 May 2014 - At an informal EU Summit, Heads of State and Government (...)

[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 (...)

40 MEPs and 119 non-elected MEP candidates endorse EPHA Election Manifesto

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and MEP candidates are encouraged to support EPHA’s Election Manifesto for the European Parliament elections on 22-25 May 2014.. Please email us at claudia@epha.org if you would like to endorse our Manifesto. If you would also like to provide us with a quote (which we can draft for you) on your support to EPHA’s Election Manifesto, this would also be welcomed. So far, EPHA’s Election Manifesto is endorsed by (alphabetical (...)

European Economic and Social Committee presents its five year Action Plan for Europe

On 12 May 2014 an Action Plan was adopted in the Plenary of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). This Action Plan aims to deliver a set of solutions to restore EU citizens’ lost confidence in the European institutions. The Plan includes three main areas: (1) An Economic Union (2); a Social Union; (3) and a Democratic and Civil Union. With public trust in the European Union reaching an all time low; a deep economic crises with even deeper social consequences; and the EU (...)

Eye health and vision care should be public health priorities in Europe

The European Coalition for Vision (ECV) delegation travelled to Luxembourg on 1 April 2014 to meet with representatives of the European Union (EU)’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the EU. The delegation was an excellent opportunity to exchange views on the importance of eye health and vision as a public health priority and the visit aimed to reiterate ECV’s call to European decision-makers to include eye health and (...)

[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 (...)

Election Manifestos of EU political groups - what they mean for public health

14 March 2014 - With the Elections for the European Parliament around the corner, most of the political groups of the European Parliament have already nominated their Commissioner Candidates and launched their manifestos (see EPHA’s manifesto). We have taken this opportunity to analyse the groups’ views on health-related issues. Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (PES) The PES group aims to “build a Europe that leaves (...)