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EPHA Professional Development Programme 2013: Join an EU health advocacy training on’ Campaigning for the European elections 2014 and the 2014-2019 new Commission.’
On December 4-5-6 EPHA launches its 6th Professional Development Programme (PDP) which aims to train those new to the ’EU bubble’ to get an introduction to the European Union and more particularly to European health advocacy.
This year we plan to support participants in campaigning for the European (...)
The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is not only one of the last major pieces of EU regulation that will be adopted before next year’s elections to the European Parliament (EP). It is also one of the last opportunities to make a meaningful difference not only in the health and well-being of people living in Europe now but also of that of generations to come. Smoking has devastating consequences; from outright death to chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory diseases like (...)
European Commission Proposal Revision of The Tobacco Products Directive.
The Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC) regulates the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products in the EU 27 Member States.
This notably covers the use of health warnings on packs, the prohibition of descriptions such as ’mild’ or ’light’, the maximum tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide yields, and the prohibition of the sale of tobacco for oral use.
In February 2012, the (...)
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Addictive and harmful substances and behaviours
Brussels, 28 May 2013 – Today, the Irish government has approved, with not a single vote against, the drafting of legislation for generic packaging for tobacco. The legislation will be drafted by the autumn and is expected to come into force by early next year.
Ireland will become the first EU Member State, and the second country in the world after Australia, to remove branding from tobacco product packaging (1).
“There is a strong body of evidence (2), backed by wide popular (...)
May 2013 - The new EU Tobacco Products Directive is an essential piece of legislation and can play a key role in achieving the objectives of “Europe 2020 – Europe’s Growth Strategy”: to keep people healthy and active longer, to help people prevent avoidable diseases and premature death and to have a positive impact on productivity and thus competitiveness.
With this Directive, the EU has the possibility of changing the burden of disease for the new generation; by (...)
On 24 April, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP London), together with EPHA and the support of Eurocare, gathered members of the public health community, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and representatives from the EU member states to exchange views on the way forward in alcohol policy.
Prompted by the growing influence of the tobacco industry in drafting tobacco-related legislation at a European level and the pressing need to protect Europe’s population from alcohol (...)
European Commission’s Recommendations on Child Poverty and Well-Being
In 2010, the European Commission announced its intention to adopt a Recommendation on Child Poverty by 2012.
This June 2012, the Social Protection Committee (SPC, part of the DG Employment) produced an advisory report “Tackling and Preventing Child Poverty, Promoting Child Well-being”.
The paper will serve as a benchmark to develop the upcoming Child Poverty Recommendations by the EC later in February (...)
During a roundtable discussion hosted by Holger Krahmer MEP (ALDE, DE) and organised by The Parliament Magazine and Plastics Europe, a study was presented on whether nanomaterials present in food packaging could potentially migrate into the food and presents risks to consumers.
What is nanotechnology?
Nanomaterials as defined in a 2011 Commission Recommendation are materials which often have specific properties due to their small particle size. It offers a (...)
The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) adopted on 19 March its opinion on the General Data Protection Regulation. This will now be forwarded to the responsible Civil Liberties (LIBE) Committee for consideration alongside the submitted amendments.
The opinion broadly supports the Commission text, supporting the use of a regulation rather than a directive, a broad definition of personal data, and the requirement for explicit consent in order for processing to be (...)
The European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee voted on 20 February to adopt an opinion on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation. The Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) Committee also voted the following day to adopt their own opinion. A total of four committees have now submitted opinions to the Rapporteur, including the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and Legal Affairs committees.
The ITRE Committee opinion, drafted by MEP Sean (...)