European Public Health Alliance

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European Public Health Alliance

An international non-profit, non-government organisation (NGO) registered in Belgium, which is comprised of public health NGOs, patient groups, health professionals and disease groups working on all aspects of public health. It is Europe’s leading NGO, which seeks to improve health and strengthen the voice of public health in Europe.

European Public Health Alliance
• Monitors policy making within EU institutions and supports the flow of information on health promotion and public health policy developments amongst all interested players including politicians, civil servants, NGOs, stakeholders and the public.
• Promotes greater awareness among European citizens and NGOs about policy developments and programme initiatives affecting the health of those living in the EU, allowing them to contribute to policy making. EPHA trains, mentors and supports NGOs and the health community to engage with the EU, particularly local organisations, those working with disadvantaged communities and in central and Eastern Europe.
• Participates in policy debates and stakeholder dialogues to raise the profile of health in all policy areas, supporting collaboration and partnerships between non-governmental organisations and other organisations active at European, national and local level on health promotion and public health.

Mission statement
Bring together the public health community to provide thought leadership and facilitate change, build public health capacity to deliver equitable solutions to European public health challenges, improve health and reduce health inequalities.

EPHA’s core values
• Equity
• Solidarity
• Sustainability
• Universality
• Diversity
• Good governance
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Despite their relatively positive reactions, the European Consumers' Organisation (BEUC) and the European Public Health Alliance are remaining vigilant, particularly on derogations to systems for prior control of information.
With the EU Council of Ministers' working group due to meet on 20 June to discuss the proposal for a Directive on mercury used in measuring and control equipment, the five organisations - the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the Zero Mercury Working Group, Health Care Without Harm, the European Public Health Alliance Environment Network (EEN) and Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH) -aare urging the Council to strengthen the European Commission's proposal by extending restrictions to all consumer and professional uses of measuring and control equipment containing mercury, including blood pressure-measuring devices in hospitals, with exemptions for only a limited period and only where alternatives do not exist.
Moreover, as Anne Hoel of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) pointed out, the Commission fails to provide a definition of "children".
A May 13 paper jointly elaborated by Euro Coop, the European Heart Network, Eurocare, the European Public Health Alliance and the Pharmaceutical Group of the EU also takes on an accusing tone, stating that "the institution which is expected to defend the interests of European citizens in the area of public health is not fulfilling its mandate".
The nine environmental NGOs are: Birdlife International, Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-Europe), European Environmental Bureau, European Public Health Alliance - Environment Network, European Federation for Transport and the Environment, Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, International Friends of Nature and the WWF European Policy Office.
Their Declaration for a Toxics Free Future, signed by over 22,000 people and relayed on July 8 by the main organisations - BEUC (European Consumers Organisation), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF, Women in Europe for a Common Future, European Public Health Alliance - calls on the Commission to ensure that its new REACH legislation on chemicals includes an obligation to phase out and substitute chemicals that accumulate in wildlife, humans or the environment, and those that disrupt hormones.
BirdLife International, Eurogroup for Animal Welfare, European Environmental Bureau (EEB), European Public Health Alliance, Friends of the Earth Europe, Oxfam International and the Worldlife Fund for Nature (WWF) have all signed the letter.
The European Consumers Organisation, European Public Health Alliance, Eurogroup for Animal Welfare, European Environmental Bureau, European Farmers' Co-ordination, European Council of Young Farmers and COPA-COGECA (the Committee of Agricultural Organisations in the EU and the General Committee for Agricultural Co-operatives) all supported the main direction of the plan.
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