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Brussels, 13 September 2017.

Commenting on today’s State of the European Union speech by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) President Archie Turnbull said:

The Commission President has at long last showed his appreciation for Europe’s role in protecting health. We welcome his recognition that recent measles cases were avoidable and that European action is needed to stop such preventable tragedies. There are many more avoidable tragedies where more EU action is urgently needed during this President’s watch: he must act now on antibiotic resistant ‘superbugs’ and the epidemic levels of other preventable diseases, especially those caused by smoking, bad air quality, unhealthy food and drink. In line with President Juncker’s stand on equality of opportunity, if health inequalities are not properly addressed, it could fundamentally undermine the European project.


MEPs call for continued EU engagement in healthcare

Brussels, 12 September 2017, European Parliament

More than 70 Members of the European Parliament from all major political groups signed a statement calling for continued EU action in the field of health and enhanced cooperation between EU Member States.


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Over 250 Non-Government Organisations launch alternative vision for Europe

The vision, released by over 250 non-government organisations in June 2017, describes a future for Europe in which “sustainability sits firmly at the heart of the European project,” and the EU focuses on “democracy and participation, social  and environmental justice, solidarity and sustainability, respect for the rule of law, and human rights both within Europe and around the globe”.

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