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This section on health in the EU has been created as a trustworthy gateway to a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European, national and international level. The content is produced by the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), plus EU candidate countries; by international organisations; and by pan-European non-governmental organisations in the area of public health.

Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 15:08 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 211' You may manually download this video in WMV (2.4Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 13:07 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 101' You may manually download this video in WMV (709Mb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 10:10 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 144' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.6Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Pesticides: stakeholders debate epidemiological studies    europa.eu

Published on: Pesticides: stakeholders debate epidemiological studies[...]

Pesticides: simplified procedure for exchange of active substance documents    europa.eu

Published on: 24 February 2015 Pesticides: simplified procedure for exchange of active substance documents[...]

[EPHA recruits] Policy officer Food and Agriculture / Health Economics    epha.org

EPHA, Europe's leading NGO campaigning for better health, is seeking highly motivated and proactive individuals to expand our work in the area of food and agriculture and health economics. The positi[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 23 February 2015 - 15:10 - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 190' You may manually download this video in WMV (2.1Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Turkish doctors say cleaner air would offer major health benefits    env-health.org

A briefing released today highlights the heavy toll on health resulting from exposure to poor air quality in Turkey. It has been endorsed by five medical organisations including the Turkish Medical A[...]

Presentations - Twenty-second plenary meeting of the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity (18 February 2015)    europa.eu

European Commission - Agenda Presentations Make the Healthy Option, The Easier Option [...]

Health-EU Newsletter - Healthy Environments    europa.eu

Next week, I will have the pleasure of hosting the Conference on healthy lifestyles in Riga, organized under the Latvian Presidency. This event will highlight the importance of healthy diets and phy[...]

Meetings with National Parliaments - From COP 21 Paris to 2050 - 30-03-2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

The European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety is inviting Members of national Parliaments to the interparliamentary committee meeting [...]

Workshops - Safer healthcare in Europe - 24-02-2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Location : Altiero Spinelli 5G-3 - Brussels Further informationDraft agenda Source : © European Union, 2015 - EP[...]

Picking your moments: the science behind foraging in forests    europa.eu

Forests are not just a source of timber; mushrooms, berries, nuts and other gifts of nature play an important role in the bio-economy of forest regions and science is making a significant contributio[...]

HEAL Newsflash - February 2015    env-health.org

HEAL's latest Newsflash features: TTIP trade talks continue - regulatory cooperation hot public health issue World Cancer Day: Action on environmental pollutants to close gap in cancer prevention Ove[...]

HEAL Newsflash - February 2015    env-health.org

Parliament support for Juncker on environment eroding over attack on green legislation Five out of seven political groups, representing over 60 per cent of MEPs in the European Parliament have shown [...]

EFA - French symposium on health impacts of allergies and environment at school    env-health.org

The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA) participated in a national symposium on `Allergies and the environment: their impact on health and education' in Par[...]

Stichting Ecobaby - Immunity and dioxins    env-health.org

Two interesting papers focus on how the developing immune system is more sensitive to agitation than the fully mature immune system. There is growing evidence that prenatal and early postnatal enviro[...]

WECF – TV report on EDCs    env-health.org

Alexandra Caterbow, Senior Policy Advisor Chemicals and Health at Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) gave a recent TV interview in German on EDCs together with a high representative of the Ge[...]

WHO Environmental Health Economics Network    env-health.org

Members of the network including HEAL recently met to discuss an upcoming joint WHO/OECD publication on health economics and air pollution. Recent WHO estimates confirmed that air pollution is the wo[...]

Health impacts of air pollution breakfast meeting    env-health.org

HEAL co-organised a breakfast briefing in the European Parliament on the health impacts of cross-border air pollution and the need for efficient regulation. HEAL together with Transport and Environme[...]

HEAL in Poland highlights air quality problems on Polish TV    env-health.org

HEAL's coal and health adviser in Poland and a pulmonologist from the Polish Society of Lung Disease were recently interviewed about air pollution on the biggest Polish TV news channel, TVN24. Łukasz[...]

EU negotiations continue for air quality improvements    env-health.org

HEAL, its members and health partners welcome the confirmation that negotiations on how to reduce air pollution emissions under the National Emissions Ceilings Directive will continue. When presentin[...]

Pesticides and non-target arthropods: EFSA reviews the science    europa.eu

Published on: 12 February 2015 Pesticides and non-target arthropods: EFSA reviews the science[...]

Pesticides and human health: EFSA meets stakeholders    europa.eu

Published on: 12 February 2015 Pesticides and human health: EFSA meets stakeholders[...]

Breathing forest: assessing climate change impact on Earth's lungs    europa.eu

Forests are the green lungs of our planet. During the day, trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we need to breathe. But at night, the process is reversed and the forest produces carbon [...]

Hearings - Cloning of animals for farming purposes - 23-02-2015 - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Location : European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli 5G-3 (ASP), Brussels Programme Source : © European Union, 2015 - EP[...]

Cerebrospinal fluid biochemical studies in patients with Parkinson's: towards a potential search for biomarkers for this disease    epda.eu.com

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has been widely investigated in PD and in other parkinsonian syndromes with the aim of establishing useful biomarkers for an accurate differential diagnosis among these synd[...]

Come and meet HEAL at the Paris International festival of environmental films (FIFE), 2015    env-health.org

Today HEAL is co-hosting two screenings followed by debatea on [...]

Malta backs action on environmental pollutants to close gap in cancer prevention    env-health.org

PRESS RELEASE - World Cancer Day 2015, Not beyond us Verdala Palace, Malta, 4 February 2015 - The World Cancer Day Conference today (1) focuses on the primary prevention of cancer through changes in [...]

HEAL participating in World Cancer Day 2015 in Malta    env-health.org

HEAL is collaborating with Action for Breast Cancer Foundation in Malta, who is organising events for World Cancer Day on 4 February. The conference will focus on Environmental Policy as a lever for [...]

Events - Pollen is in the air: invasive plants and allergy in our changing environment - 5-6 March 2015, Brussels, Belgium    europa.eu

This two-day conference of the EU-funded project Atopica taking place in Brussels on March 5-6th, 2015 is about the combined impact of changes in climate, land use and air pollution on the highly inv[...]

EFA in Events (January 2015)    efanet.org

Apart from the fantastic launch of a Parliament Interest Group on Access to Healthcare, January was full of opportunities to link up patients with other communities through a training for primary car[...]

EU-US trade deal threatens the future of healthy food and sustainable agriculture    epha.org

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Compassion in World Farming, ARC2020, Friends of the Earth Europe and European Coordination Via Campesina co-published a report that describes in details threats f[...]

Scientific guideline: Guideline on the procedure to be followed when a batch 4 of a vaccine finished product is suspected to be 5 contaminated with bovine viral diarrhoea virus, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Starting materials of animal origin, including bovine serum are still essential ingredients of the cell culture media used in the production of many immunological veterinary medicinal products.[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 09:14 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 216' You may manually download this video in WMV (2.4Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 10:08 - Committee on Development - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 140' You may manually download this video in WMV (1Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic reco[...]

Green 10: Parliament support for Juncker on environment eroding over attack on green legislation    env-health.org

Five out of seven political groups, representing over 60 per cent of MEPs in the European Parliament, have shown they are against the European Commission's proposal to withdraw environmental legislat[...]

[Joint call] EU Parliament should send strong message to Commission to continue negotiations on Air Quality Directive    epha.org

Brussels, 12 January 2015 - This week you will be debating your positi on on the 2015 Commission Work Programme. As leading environmental, health, lawyers' and civil society organisations from all ov[...]

Environment for Europeans - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Circular economy – saving resources, creating jobs Green Week supplement 2014[...]

Trends and projections in Europe 2014 - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Tracking progress towards Europe's climate and energy targets for 2020[...]

Environment - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

A healthy and sustainable environment for present and future generations[...]

MEPs discuss cancer prevention through better regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals    env-health.org

MEP Christel Schaldemose hosted an inter-party meeting of MEPs today to discuss cancer prevention through better regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals. The meeting was co-organised by the Associ[...]

Europe’s green economy and other stories: what you may have missed in 2014    europa.eu

As 2014 comes to a close, the European Environment Agency (EEA) looks back at some of the interesting findings from its work throughout the year.[...]

Carrots, bulb and stem vegetables: risks from Salmonella and other bacteria    europa.eu

Published on:19 December 2014 Carrots, bulb and stem vegetables: risks from Salmonella and other bacteria[...]

A quarter of Europe’s population exposed to harmful traffic noise    europa.eu

More than 125 million Europeans could be exposed to levels of road traffic noise above legal guidelines. This causes a range of health problems, according to a new assessment from the European Enviro[...]

WECF - EU Environment Council urged to target chemicals policy and non-toxic environment    env-health.org

EU Environment Ministers met yesterday (17 October) in Brussels for a last meeting during the Italian presidency of the European Council. Besides key agenda topics such as climate change, 10 countrie[...]

Pesticide Action Week 2015    env-health.org

The 10th edition of Pesticide Action Week takes place from 20 - 30 March next year, an annual event informing the public about the impacts of pesticides on health and the environment and to promote a[...]

Medical community discuss health and coal in Serbia    env-health.org

Last month HEAL co-hosted a conference of medical experts on health and coal combustion in Serbia, together with the Institute of Public Health of Serbia [...]

[EPHA-TACTICS briefing] Child Injury Prevention in Europe    epha.org

In the framework of the TACTICS project, coordinated by the European Child Safety Alliance, EPHA released and prepared a briefing entitled 'Mandated responsibility for Intentional and Unintentional C[...]

Launch of HEAL in Poland website    env-health.org

HEAL has launched a website in Poland, providing basic information on air pollution and the health effects, HEAL activities in Poland and solutions for everyone to work towards better air quality. Th[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 15:36 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 11' You may manually download this video in WMV (93Mb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic reco[...]

Air Pollution: Are EU Policy Makers Aware of the Danger for Public Health?    epha.org

While experts highlight the health effects and economic costs of air pollution, the European Commission is planning to amend the air quality proposal which is likely to have significant benefits for [...]

Report - Possibility for the Member States to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in their territory - A8-0038/2014 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

RECOMMENDATION FOR SECOND READING on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2001/18/EC as re[...]

Waste prevention: decoupling waste generation from economic growth    europa.eu

Preventing waste is a top priority of waste policy in the European Union with potential economic and environmental benefits. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report reviews the state of play i[...]

[Joint statement] EU trade secrets directive threat to health, environment, free speech and worker mobility    epha.org

17 December 2014, Amsterdam - Multi-sectoral NGO coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers. We strongly oppose the hasty push by the [...]

Health groups dismayed over lack of clarity on air package    env-health.org

First Vice-President Timmermans' announcement today on the future of the clean air quality package in 2015 was disappointingly unclear, according to health, medical and air expert groups from all ove[...]

How the EACVI echo, CMR and nuclear cardiology and CT sections work together    escardio.org

In January 2014, the ESC integrated the working groups for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance, Nuclear Cardiology/ Cardiac Computed Tomography and the European Association of Echocardiography (EAE) into one [...]

Acute chest pain: game changer or waste of resources?    escardio.org

Echocardiography, cardiac CT scan and cardiac MRI all offer promise for the assessment of patients with chest pain, but improved strategies for clinical risk assessment are needed to optimize selecti[...]

Heart disease patients advised to avoid being outside in rush hour traffic    escardio.org

Experts recommend reducing air pollution exposure and decreasing use of fossil fuels: Obese people and those with diabetes may be at higher risk of the cardiovascular effects of pollution, while air [...]

Environment & Me: photo competition winners announced    europa.eu

Five stunning images of Europe's environment have been selected as winners of a photography competition organised by the European Environment Agency (EEA).[...]

Cleaner air would offer major health benefits in the Balkans    env-health.org

Three briefings released today by HEAL highlight the heavy toll on health resulting exposure to poor air quality in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Montenegro. INFORMATION RELEASE Brussels, 15 December 2014 - [...]

Cutting waste and maximising output in the mussel industry    europa.eu

The European Union (EU)-funded research project MusselsAlive has created better methods for handling, transporting, storing and reducing waste in the mussel industry. In particular, the team has deve[...]

Green 10 open letter on possible withdrawal of air and waste proposals and absence of sustainability    env-health.org

The 10 leading environmental NGOs in Europe, the Green 10, have written an open letter to Vice President Timmermans expressing their grave concerns that environmental protection and sustainability is[...]

Over 97% of foods in EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits    europa.eu

Over 97% of foods in EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits[...]

Faster, more accurate flood warnings through EU research    europa.eu

Timely flood alerts and real-time monitoring of flood emergencies can save lives and prevent damage to property, infrastructure and the environment. Imprints, WeSenseIt and UrbanFlood are just three [...]

Report - Scientific examination of questions relating to food - A8-0059/2014 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

REPORT on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council repealing Council Directive 93/5/EEC of 25 February 1993 on assistance to the Commission and cooperation by the Me[...]

Over 97% of foods in EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits    europa.eu

Published on: 11 December 2014 Over 97% of foods in EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits[...]

More action needed to reduce transport's environmental impact    europa.eu

The transport sector is still generating excessive greenhouse gas emissions and harmful levels of air pollution and noise, according to the latest edition of the European Environment Agency's annual [...]

Not just dirt: the importance of soil    europa.eu

Soil is connected to almost all aspects of our lives, yet we often take it for granted. To mark the International Day of Soil on December 5, we interviewed several project managers at the European En[...]

EU research turning food waste into feed    europa.eu

Global demand for food is expected to increase by 70% by 2050, while a steep increase in biomass use will also put pressure on agriculture. Feeding the world without damaging the environment is the f[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 15:07 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 116' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.3Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Report - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) - A8-0036/2014 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision concerning the accession of the European Union to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Committee on[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 10:46 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 85' You may manually download this video in WMV (988Mb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic rec[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 15:10 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 161' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.8Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 09:11 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 169' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.9Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

EU Air Quality at stake    efanet.org

Latest developments on the Clean Air Package negotiations While the process of preparation of the European Commission work plan for 2015 is taken place now, EFA, together with its long-standing partn[...]

Commission announces winners of European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-2015    europa.eu

European - Press release Commission 01 December 2014 EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the European Business Awards for the Environmen[...]

Europe at the crossroads: the challenge of environmental sustainability    europa.eu

European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] 01 December 2014 Karmenu Vella - Commisisoner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Brussels, 40th Anniversary of the European Enviro[...]

New publication: Human Health in Areas with Industrial Contamination    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being Vector-borne and parasitic diseases The former Yugoslav Republic of[...]

Waste: the final industrial frontier    europa.eu

Industrial waste can be an asset rather than an economic and environmental cost the key is to find someone who can use it. An EU-funded project has demonstrated that establishing regional networks [...]

Commission takes Spain to Court over waste water treatment presenting a risk to public health    europa.eu

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 26 November 2014 Commission takes Spain to Court over waste water treatment The European Commission is taking Spain to Court over a failure to ensure tha[...]

CSF biomarkers and clinical progression of Parkinson disease    epda.eu.com

Authors found evidence of a link between higher levels of αSyn at baseline and worsening of motor symptoms and cognitive speed over 2 years in PD. Increased αSyn might be a marker of more intense syn[...]

Industrial air pollution has high economic cost    europa.eu

Air pollution from Europe's largest industrial facilities cost society at least €59 billion, and possibly as much as €189 billion in 2012, according to an assessment published today by the European E[...]

Success Stories - How local action can boost Europe's flood resilience    europa.eu

Rail lines swept away by floods in south-west England earlier this year demonstrated that Europe's flood defences need to be strengthened. What is needed are more flood-resilient buildings and infras[...]

Join HEAL for the next International Festival of Environmental Films (FIFE) 2015    env-health.org

The next International Film Festival of Environmental Films (FIFE) will take place from 3rd to 10th February 2015 in Paris. More information about the 2015 FIFE festival coming soon For more informat[...]

Joint position paper on DEHP in PVC plastic    env-health.org

55 European and international civil society organisations have asked the EU Commission to reject authorisation of hazardous DEHP in PVC plastic. Letter to Mr. Jyrki Katainen, EU Commission Vice Presi[...]

Open letter to EC President Juncker: Protecting public health from EDCs    env-health.org

Brussels, 20 November 2014, 19 health and environment organisations, doctors, scientists, and concerned professionals of the EDC-Free Europe campaign, wrote to the President of the European Commissio[...]

Success Stories - Researchers document health impact of noise    europa.eu

Policymakers now have tangible evidence that living, working or studying in a noisy environment is not only annoying... it could also have a serious impact on your health, productivity and learning a[...]

What does the EU mean for the countryside? - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

What does the EU mean for the countryside?[...]

Environmental and social standards - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Environmental and social standards[...]

Health groups express dismay at potential withdrawal of EU Clean Air Policy Package    epha.org

Brussels, 18 November 2014 - Today, public health, patients', and medical organisations sent a letter to EU Commission President Juncker expressing their dismay at any consideration to withdraw the E[...]

Europe's cities still suffering from harmful air pollution    europa.eu

Air pollution in Europe comes with a high price tag, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). While policies have improved air quality overall, air pollution is still the[...]

Tapping into cleaner water    europa.eu

Freshwater is necessary for life, but climate change is adding pressure on this vital resource. The EU-funded PolarClean project has successfully tested new types of materials to remove stubborn poll[...]

Pioneering research to promote sustainable forestry    europa.eu

The demand for wood products and services is increasing worldwide due to economic and climate policy driving forces. It is therefore imperative for experts in forestry research to develop a common fr[...]

From agricultural waste to green energy    europa.eu

By far the most heated debate surrounding biofuels is the use of food crops to produce fuel, as the practice increases the competition for land and drives up the price of food . With a decade of rese[...]

Health groups express dismay at potential withdrawal of EU Clean Air Policy Package    env-health.org

Public health, patients', and medical organisations have sent a letter to EU Commission President Juncker expressing their dismay at any consideration to withdraw the EU Clean Air Policy Package, as [...]

AIM calls on the EU to act on air quality    env-health.org

Mutual Benefit Societies want stronger action on air quality to boost public health. The International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) launched the Bruges Declaration earlier this year,[...]

Nordic countries estimate high costs from chemical exposure    env-health.org

Brussels, 17 November 2014 - A body representing Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden has suggested that up to 40% of the health costs associated with several serious male reproductive probl[...]

HEAL Newsflash - November 2014    env-health.org

HEAL's latest Newsflash features: A New Impetus for Europe: Actions and Priorities for the new EU Commission Several Member States urge EU action on EDCs [...]

A New Impetus for Europe: Actions and Priorities for the new EU Commission    env-health.org

The Green 10 published a briefing for EU Commission President Juncker (right) with five urgent actions to be undertaken in 2015 and 10 priorities for his five year mandate. Briefing available here HE[...]

Fundación Alborada – First training on Environmental Medicine at public hospital    env-health.org

After a long time of trying to introduce Environmental Medicine into the public health system, Fundación Alborada has taken a big step forward. For the first time in Spain a group of physicians and n[...]

AWHHE - Eight Women Strive for Health and Healthy Environment in Armenia    env-health.org

The Armenian Weekly is currently covering special reports about environmental organisations in Armenia, one of which focused on HEAL member Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE). [...]

EFA – Visual identity online survey    env-health.org

The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations (EFA) would like to have your opinion on its visual identity to assess how allergy and airways diseases are perceived to[...]

EPHA – Joint civil society consultation response on Europe 2020 Review    env-health.org

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and other Brussels based NGOs including Friends of the Earth, the European Women's Lobby, Culture Action Europe and the European Association for the Educati[...]

Governments urged to speed up ratification process of Minamata Convention    env-health.org

The new UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxics Baskut Tuncak, has called on governments to expedite the ratification process of the Minamata Convention, on the eve of a key meeting of the i[...]

HEAL presents health evidence in the Polish Parliament    env-health.org

On 6 November HEAL in Poland spoke at a conference on health protection and the coal-based development model of Poland, organised under an official patronage of MP Anna Grodzka. The conference initia[...]

Upcoming air quality conference in Warsaw    env-health.org

On 4 December, HEAL in Poland will bring together leading health experts, medical institutions and policy-makers to discuss the latest science on air pollution in Poland, and ways to improve the air.[...]

Several Member States urge EU action on EDCS    env-health.org

A group of European environment ministers have called on the EU Commission to strengthen its chemical legislation particularly regarding the regulation of EDCs and nanomaterials. Initiated by Denmark[...]

Environmental Stressors in Disease and Implications for Human Health    env-health.org

HEAL participated at the fourth PPTOX conference in Boston on prenatal programming and toxicity, looking at the fetal and early postnatal development origins of health and disease. Known as `PPTOX', [...]

New global WHO guidelines for indoor air quality: inefficiently burning solid fuels damages health and climate    who.int

WHO's new guidelines for indoor air quality on household-fuel combustion, published today, set for the first time emission targets to address the serious health risks from burning fuels. They also op[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - 09:10 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 143' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.6Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 10 November 2014 - 15:12 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 207' You may manually download this video in WMV (2.4Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Research Headlines - Next-generation flame retardants to reduce health and environmental risks    europa.eu

Brominated flame-retardants (BFRs) are chemicals containing bromine that are added to materials such as plastics and textiles to make them less flammable. The wide application of flame-retardants, fo[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Thursday, 6 November 2014 - 10:21 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 112' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.3Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Air quality research suggests major benefits for children    env-health.org

HEAL's Deputy Director shares new research showing that children born to mothers exposed to high levels of PAHs in air pollution during pregnancy are five times more likely to show symptoms that char[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - 15:08 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 206' You may manually download this video in WMV (2.3Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - 09:09 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 149' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.7Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Head injury, α-synuclein genetic variability and Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

The study finds some evidence that head injury and D4S3481 or rs356165 variants jointly increase the risk of PD but little evidence of interaction.[...]

Occupational exposure to pesticides: The current state of knowledge and the outlook for prevention and protection    europa.eu

Published on: Occupational exposure to pesticides: The current state of knowledge and the outlook for prevention and protection[...]

Unlocking the chemical 'treasure trove' hidden in our forests    europa.eu

Forest-based industries have long been a significant part of the European economy, converting wood into pulp, paper, cardboard, energy and a range of other wood-derived products. However, the side-st[...]

Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal on food security and sustainable agriculture    epha.org

In light of the ongoing discussions around the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the recently presented proposal document of the UN Open Working Group, EPHA joined an advocacy initia[...]

Green 10 position on TTIP    env-health.org

Originally posted on 28 October 2014 Become a member or an individual supporter The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the enviro[...]

HEAL 2013 Annual Review showcasing the successes and collaborations with members and partners in the different policy areas over the last year    env-health.org

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is pleased to share its 2013 Annual Review showcasing the successes and collaborations with our members and partners in the different policy areas over the [...]

Preparation Environment Council, 28 October 2014    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 27 October 2014 The first formal Environment Council under the Italian Presidency will be held in Luxembourg on 28 October. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik [...]

Cerebrospinal fluid biochemical studies in patients with Parkinson's: towards a potential search for biomarkers for this disease    epda.eu.com

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has been widely investigated in PD and in other parkinsonian syndromes with the aim of establishing useful biomarkers for an accurate differential diagnosis among these synd[...]

Environment: 12 cities apply for European Green Capital Award 2017    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 October 2014 The deadline for submitting entries to the European Green Capital 2017 competition cycle has expired. The following cities have entered: Bu[...]

Pesticide Exposure: harmonised guidance increases protection for operators, workers, residents and bystanders    europa.eu

Published on: 23 October 2014 Pesticide Exposure: harmonised guidance increases protection for operators, workers, residents and bystanders[...]

HEAL Newsflash - October 2014    env-health.org

HEAL's latest Newsflash features: HEAL AGA votes in Executive Committee and welcomes new member organisations President-elect Juncker urged to make environmental sustainability a priority 37th Meetin[...]

Green10 press statement: Concerns remain over Juncker Commission's commitment to environment    env-health.org

With today's vote by the European Parliament on the new EU Commission, a new political phase begins in the European Union. The Green 10 alliance of leading environmental organisations calls on Presid[...]

ARTAC - Paris Appeal Congress    env-health.org

On the 14 November the Association for Research on Treatment against Cancer (ARTAC) is co-hosting the Fourth Anniversary Congress on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Paris Appeal. HEAL's V[...]

Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers in parkinsonian conditions: an update and future directions    epda.eu.com

In this review, several of the most promising cerebrospinal fluid candidate markers will be discussed. Their strengths and limitations will be considered together with future developments in the fiel[...]

Occupational exposure to pesticides: Challenges for research, evaluation and prevention    europa.eu

Published on: 21 October 2014 Occupational exposure to pesticides: Challenges for research, evaluation and prevention[...]

HEAL in Poland in debate on health consequences of a coal-based economy    env-health.org

HEAL spoke about the negative health consequences of burning coal in a debate questioning if it is possible to live a healthy live in a coal-based economy. The basis for the debate organised by the I[...]

EFA - Better food labelling is key to save lives from food allergy reactions in Europe    env-health.org

Ahead of the entry into force of the new EU food information to consumers regulation, the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations (EFA) brought together key represe[...]

Austrian Doctors for the Environment (ISDE Austria): new work on climate and EMF    env-health.org

A team of 240 Austrian scientists has worked for 3 years to produce the first Austrian Assessment Report (AAR). This report follows the concept of the IPCC reports but focuses on climate change in Au[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 20 October 2014 - 19:04 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy    europa.eu

Length of video : 165' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.9Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 20 October 2014 - 19:14 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy    europa.eu

Length of video : 12' You may manually download this video in WMV (148Mb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic rec[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 20 October 2014 - 19:27 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy    europa.eu

Length of video : 136' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.6Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 20 October 2014 - 21:44 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy    europa.eu

Length of video : 6'5'' You may manually download this video in WMV (73Mb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 20 October 2014 - 19:04 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy    europa.eu

Length of video : 10' You may manually download this video in WMV (125Mb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic rec[...]

Natural England – Report on health equalities and green spaces    env-health.org

Natural England have contributed to a joint report entitled `Natural Solutions to Tackling Health Inequalities' which highlights the evidence of the benefits of green spaces to health and wellbeing o[...]

Statement by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment, on the outcome of Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12)    europa.eu

European Commission Brussels, 17 October 2014 Statement The European Commission welcomes the successful outcome of CBD COP12 and in particular the agreement reached on 2020 targets for the mobilisati[...]

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