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While generally speaking, political change in Brussels tends to be tremendously slow, twenty years are a sufficiently long period of time to have witnessed some crucial changes in the continent’s public health sphere.
At the time of EPHA’s inception in 1993, Article 129 of the Maastricht Treaty had just equipped the European Commission with a limited but important legal coordinating role in the field of public health with a focus on prevention, health promotion and protection. (...)
Brussels, 3 May – Today, the Scottish Government has won a case on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol (1) in the Scottish High Court - the first legally-binding minimum price on alcohol within the EU. Now the alcohol industry will have 21 days to decide whether it has grounds for appeal.
MUP sets a floor price below which alcohol cannot be legally sold and unlike taxation, MUP prices alcoholic beverages based on their strength.
Alcohol misuse hits the poor badly, most of whom (...)
On 4 and 5 September 2013 the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) will celebrate 20 years of helping shape Europe’s public health. EPHA is using this milestone as an opportunity to look at how we can foster an EU that is coherent in its decisions, in terms of fostering the health and well-being of people living in Europe.
Brave New World: Inclusive Growth and Well-Being or Vested Interests and Lost Generations?
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, Lithuanian (...)
Health in all policies
The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the Veneto Region of Italy are organising a Summer School with the title â€œTime for Change: Innovative Ways of Improving Population Healthâ€
The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the Veneto Region of Italy are organising a Summer School with the title “Time for Change: Innovative Ways of Improving Population Health”
European countries increasingly recognize the importance of (...)
Brussels, 24 April – Today Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from various political groups, along with representatives of governments, leading academics and public health organisations (1), have renewed their support for strong measures to bring down the current high rate of alcohol misuse in Europe. The seminar also served to launch in Europe the ’Alcohol and Cancer’ report (2).
“If policy-makers are serious about tackling the danger that heavy (...)
You are cordially invited to join Alex Neil, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well-being & representatives from governments, non-governmental organisations, leading academics and Members of the European Parliament for an EVENING RECEPTION and European launch of Alcohol and cancer: a report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA).
European Parliament (Brussels) 24 April 2013, from 19:00
Co-hosted by Rebecca Taylor MEP (UK, ALDE) (...)
The Europe 2020 Strategy was launched in 2010 to promote ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’. It sets targets for employment, innovation, climate and energy policy, education and social inclusion, most of which are in some way related to health policies and priorities. For example, public health has clear implications for work hours, labour force participation, early retirement, and health and safety at work, and these factors impact on health.
In the Annual Growth Survey (...)
The Maastricht University’s Department of International Health is organising, in collaboration with renowned partners, a conference entitled European Public Health: 20 years of the Maastricht Treaty – Turning past experiences into visions on 22 & 23 May 2013 in Maastricht.
The Maastricht Treaty of 1992 introduced a public health mandate for the European Union. The last 20 years have witnessed exciting developments to flesh out the mandate. The Treaty has been the basis for (...)
Ireland, in collaboration with Lithuania and Greece (the countries that follow Ireland in taking up the Presidency of the Council of EU), has made a commitment to using its resources to prioritise solid progress on a number of key legislative dossiers in health. Dublin calls on EU Member States to work together, sharing ideas, information and best practices.
The Irish Presidency Programme, whose cornerstone is to advance the legislative agenda, contains a series of health priorities as (...)
How is coal pollution making us sick? is the latest Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) report launched on 7 March. The paper provides an overview of the scientific evidence of how air pollution impacts on health and how emissions from coal power plants are implicated in this. It presents the first ever economic assessment of the health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Europe as well as testimonies from leading health advocates, medical experts and policy (...)
Air Quality and Air Pollution
social determinants of health