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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.

Moving environment and health forwards    who.int

Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland WHOLIS, HINARI, WHO libraries, documentation centres Important statements of or about [...]

Volunteers proved to be the most valuable asset during Serbian floods of 2014    ifrc.org

The major floods in the Balkans last year highlighted the crucial role of trained volunteers.[...]

One year on from the Balkans floods: "I used every penny to rebuild my home"    ifrc.org

To mark the firs anniversary of the floods that hit several countries in the Balkans the IFRC recently produced a series of stories profiling Red Cross beneficiaries in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[...]

Events - Third Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation - 29 June - 3 July 2015, Agia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece    europa.eu

The 3rd Hellenic Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation is taking place in Athens, Greece from Monday 29 June until Friday 3 July 2015 at the Campus of the National Center for Scientific Rese[...]

Beneficiary profile, one year on: Mina Livadic, Brcko District    ifrc.org

To mark one year anniversary of the floods that hit several countries in the Balkans the IFRC recently produced a series of stories profiling Red Cross beneficiaries in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of[...]

Testimonies from leading health advocates and medical experts in Turkey    env-health.org

“A large coal-fired power plant emits several thousand tons of hazardous air pollutants every year and has an average lifetime of at least 40 years. The plans for a massive increase in investment wo[...]

Turkey's coal expansion plans cause alarm as health costs quantified    env-health.org

New study quantifies the public health costs of polluted air from existing coal-fired power plants in Turkey up to €3.6 billion per year and shows why massive future investment plans (80 new plants) [...]

Report - Limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants - A8-0160/2015 - 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 on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from medium combustion plants Committee on the E[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 18 May 2015 - 19:08 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 100' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.1Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Foraging the untapped value of Europe's forests    europa.eu

EU-funded researchers have identified the untapped commercial potential of products like wild berries, mushrooms, nuts and plants growing in Europe's forests for the benefit of rural communities - a [...]

The impact of biofuels on transport and the environment, and their connection with agricultural development in Europe - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

The impact of biofuels on transport and the environment, and their connection with agricultural development in Europe[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 11 May 2015 - 15:08 - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on Petitions - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy    europa.eu

Length of video : 192' 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[...]

At least one in three Europeans can be exposed to asbestos at work and in the environment    who.int

About one third of the 900 million people in the WHO European Region live in countries that have not yet banned the use of all forms of asbestos, and this potentially exposes them at work and in the [...]

The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Prothena partner to accelerate discovery of novel biomarkers for Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) and Prothena Corporation plc, a late-stage clinical biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialisation of [...]

Events - Priorities for science and innovation policy: opportunities, structures and investment - 30 June 2015, London, UK    europa.eu

Timed to examine Government's post-election plans for UK science and innovation policy, and informed by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee's inquiry on Priorities for science, this s[...]

HEAL Newsflash - May 2015    env-health.org

Midterm review of environment and health progress in the European Region From 28 to 30 April a HEAL delegation participated at the mid-term review meeting of the WHO European Environment and Health P[...]

HEAL Newsflash - May 2015    env-health.org

HEAL's latest Newsflash features: Midterm review of environment and health progress in the European Region Air quality costs European economies US $1.6. trillion a year in diseases and deaths Upcomin[...]

WECF France - Two members of Senate ask for better integration of environmental health in national health policy    env-health.org

France has adopted a national Health and Environment Action Plan (NEHAP) and is now about to vote on a National Health Act, where environmental health should be better reflected as a pillar in this A[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Thursday, 7 May 2015 - 10:29 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 106' You may manually download this video in WMV (1.2Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Report - Safer healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance - A8-0142/2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

REPORT on safer healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Piernicola Pedicini Source : © Europea[...]

HEAL submits to Polish government health and air quality consultations    env-health.org

HEAL has responded to consultations on two strategic projects in Poland: the Public Health Bill and the National Air Protection Programme. HEAL is asking the Polish government to consider the environ[...]

EHF - Environment and Health Fund - Symposium on Agriculture and Environmental Health    env-health.org

On 28 May, the Hebrew University Center of Excellence in Agriculture and Environmental Health hosts the second Symposium on Agriculture and Environmental Health. The Hebrew University Center of Excel[...]

Opposing TTIP to safeguard democracy, protect people's health and the environment    env-health.org

As the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue, concern continues to grow both in Brussels and across the EU Member States. MEPs in the Environmnent Commit[...]

Upcoming EU Conference on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals    env-health.org

HEAL will speak at the EU Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante) conference on the impact assessment on criteria to identify EDCs on 1 June. The aim of the conference is[...]

Air quality costs European economies US$ 1.6 trillion a year in diseases and deaths    env-health.org

WHO Europe and OECD have released a report on the economic cost of the health impacts of air pollution in Europe. US$ 1.6 trillion is the economic cost of the approximate 600,000 premature deaths and[...]

Pesticide Free Towns    env-health.org

Moving towards pesticide-free public areas is an important step towards a safer environment for citizens and our health. More and more Member States and municipalities around Europe are taking action[...]

Breath of fresh air: World Health Organization Assembly tackles air pollution    env-health.org

On 22 May the World Health Assembly is scheduled to discuss the first-ever WHO resolution on air pollution and health. HEAL and its members welcome this landmark resolution entitled [...]

Video of a committee meeting - Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 15:08 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 150' 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[...]

Research Headlines - Getting a handle on pharmaceuticals in the environment    europa.eu

Roughly 3 000 pharmaceutical products are used in human healthcare. Since a patient's body does not fully metabolise some of them, they are excreted and can end up in the environment, where they can [...]

PAN Europe/WECF - Letter to EU Commissioner for Ban of Two Cancer-Inducing Pesticides    env-health.org

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the WHO's cancer agency has recently classified the pesticide glyphosate as a [...]

Alborada Foundation - VIII International Congress on Environmental Medicine    env-health.org

From 5 - 7 June the Alborada Foundation will present the 8th edition of the International Congress on Environmental Medicine, an event focused on how the environment affects the development of diseas[...]

IEW – The black book of fossil fuel energy    env-health.org

At a time when fossil fuels largely dominate our global energy provisions and our society are confronted with the challenge of an energy transition, Inter-Environnement Wallonie (IEW) has published a[...]

Générations Cobayes - The Tour de France of the eco-orgasm    env-health.org

This aim of the ambitious project of Générations Cobayes, non merci! is to raise awareness among young people in France about the link between environmental pollution and the epidemic of chronic illn[...]

Two members of Senate ask for better integration of environmental health in national health policy    env-health.org

France has adopted a national Health and Environment Action Plan (NEHAP) and is now about to vote on a National Health Act, where environmental health should be better reflected as a pillar in this A[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 09:10 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 173' You may manually download this video in WMV (2Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic reco[...]

Help for rail industry on cutting pollutants from diesel engines    europa.eu

An EU-funded project has demonstrated that it is economically and technically challenging for rail operators to replace or retrofit older diesel locomotives to meet tighter emission limits on polluta[...]

Ozone pollution in Europe: fewer alert days but concentrations still high    europa.eu

Air pollution by ground-level ozone continued to affect many countries across Europe during summer 2014, according to a new briefing published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Almost all rep[...]

Linking air pollution and health    efanet.org

In April EFA participated at the 18th meeting of the WHO Task Force on Health Effects of Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, a sharing platform that advices the United Nations Economic Commission[...]

EFA Members news (April 2015)    efanet.org

This month patients associations have mobilized at national level through a wide variety of activities to raise awareness about allergy (UK), indoor air quality in schools (Sweden), asthma (Finland),[...]

Cleaning up the marine litter that pollutes our oceans    europa.eu

The sea is an important resource for us all. We rely on it for much of our diet. In many cases, our livelihoods depend on it. Robust marine ecosystems are vital both for a healthy planet and also for[...]

Environment: Commission takes ROMANIA to Court over failure to amend packaging waste legislation    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 April 2015 The European Commission is referring Romania to the EU Court of Justice over its failure to enact revised EU legislation on packaging waste[...]

Environment: Commission takes POLAND and SLOVENIA to Court for e-waste failings    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 April 2015 The European Commission is referring Poland and Slovenia to the EUCourt of Justice over their failure to enact EU legislation on the recycl[...]

Environment: Commission takes FRANCE to Court over poor waste water treatment    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 April 2015 The European Commission is taking France to the EU Court of Justice for not complying with EU legislation on urban waste water treatment. S[...]

Critical Path Institute secures regulatory support for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease biomarkers    epda.eu.com

Critical Path Institute (C-Path) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued three Letters of Support to C-Path's Coalition Against Major Diseases (CAMD) consortium for the [...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 27 April 2015 - 19:08 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 118' 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[...]

New publication: Improving environment and health in Europe: how far have we gotten?    who.int

This report describes the substantial progress that European countries have made in several but not all domains.[...]

EU-Ukraine Summit: EU steps up its contribution to nuclear safety in Chernobyl with €70 million    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 April 2015 Today, the European Commission will step up its contribution with €70 million to ensure the complete return to a safe environment at the Ch[...]

The future of forest fires    europa.eu

Forest fires are not necessarily becoming more frequent, but they could become increasingly severe, say EU-funded scientists. Forest management strategies must evolve in line with the changes that ar[...]

European Citizens’ Initiatives - Stop Vivisection: European Citizens' Initiative public hearing - 11-05-2015 - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Committee on Petitions    europa.eu

A public hearing on the Stop Vivisection European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) will be hosted by the European Parliament in order to provide a platform for debate for Members, the general public, the E[...]

European Citizens’ Initiatives - Stop Vivisection: European Citizens' Initiative public hearing - 11-05-2015 - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Committee on Petitions    europa.eu

A public hearing on the Stop Vivisection European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) will be hosted by the European Parliament in order to provide a platform for debate for Members, the general public, the E[...]

European Citizens’ Initiatives - Stop Vivisection: European Citizens' Initiative public hearing - 11-05-2015 - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Committee on Petitions    europa.eu

A public hearing on the Stop Vivisection European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) will be hosted by the European Parliament in order to provide a platform for debate for Members, the general public, the E[...]

Building a shared environmental information system with Eastern neighbours    europa.eu

The EU's eastern neighbours have achieved progress in developing systems for collecting environmental information, according to a recently published analysis. However, they need to strengthen further[...]

European Citizens’ Initiatives - Stop Vivisection: European Citizens' Initiative public hearing - 11-05-2015 - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - Committee on Industry, Research and Energy - Committee on Petitions    europa.eu

A public hearing on the Stop Vivisection European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) will be hosted by the European Parliament in order to provide a platform for debate for Members, the general public, the E[...]

Poor indoor environments at school    who.int

Many children are exposed to poor indoor environments in schools, with issues including stuffy air, dampness and mould, uncomfortable temperatures and poorly functioning toilets. A new WHO report on [...]

Poor indoor environments at school    who.int

Many children are exposed to poor indoor environments in schools, with issues including stuffy air, dampness and mould, uncomfortable temperatures and poorly functioning toilets. A new WHO report on [...]

Success Stories - Elastic road surface reduces motorway noise pollution    europa.eu

Noise pollution is still an issue on Europe's roads. But thanks to technological advances, it's less down to the sound of the car's engine and more about how tyres touch the road surface. One solutio[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - 10:06 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 177' You may manually download this video in WMV (2Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic reco[...]

Achieving better air quality with the NEC    env-health.org

The European Parliament's Committee on Environment and Public Health (ENVI) has started to discuss their position on further air pollutant reductions under the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Direc[...]

Stronger action required on environmental pollutants    who.int

Children and women of reproductive age remain at risk from exposure to toxic metals and persistent organic pollutants, according to a new report to be presented at the WHO mid-term review of the Euro[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Thursday, 16 April 2015 - 09:17 - Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 189' You may manually download this video in WMV (2.2Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Report - Amendment to Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags - A8-0130/2015 - 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 94/62/EC as rega[...]

Report - Monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport and amendment of Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 - A8-0122/2015 - 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 regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the monitoring, reporting and v[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 14 April 2015 - 09:08 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 217' 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, 14 April 2015 - 12:56 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 150' 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[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 13 April 2015 - 15:15 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 77' You may manually download this video in WMV (909Mb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic rec[...]

A database of the recreational value of European forests - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Design and implementation from recreational valuation studies[...]

Workshops - Organ harvesting in China - 21-04-2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Location : Brussels - ASP 5G3 Further informationDraft agenda Source : © European Union, 2015 - EP[...]

Workshops - Resource Efficiency Indicators - 14-04-2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Location : Brussels - ASP 1E2 Further informationDraft programme Source : © European Union, 2015 - EP[...]

HEAL participates in EU Commission meeting on EDCs    env-health.org

The EU Commission's Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante) has started a series of Roundtables to inform various stakeholders, MEPs and EU country officials of the Impact Assessmen[...]

Midterm review of environment and health progress in the European Region    env-health.org

From 28 to 30 April a HEAL delegation will participate at the mid-term review meeting of the WHO European Environment and Health Process in Haifa, Israel. This WHO high level meeting will bring toget[...]

Fifth symposium of Paris Appeal to focus on chemicals and EMF    env-health.org

The ECERI (European Cancer and Environment Research Institute), in partnership with ISDE (International Society of Doctors for the Environment), is organising the fifth conference of the Paris Appeal[...]

Health impacts of residential heating with wood and coal    env-health.org

HEAL welcomes a new WHO Europe report describing the health effects of and policy options for dealing with residential heating with wood and coal in Europe and the US. Residential heating with wood a[...]

HEAL on Polish Radio programme    env-health.org

HEAL's Coal and Health Adviser Lukasz Adamkiewicz (right) recently spoke about the National Air Protection Program on Polish Radio Station One. Earlier in March, the Ministry of Environment in Poland[...]

Germany's new energy instrument would mean better health    env-health.org

The government's plans to increase efforts to cut CO2 emissions from the power sector, in particular coal, have been met with fierce resistance. In letters to chancellor Merkel, economic minister Gab[...]

Voices of victims of Pesticides website launched    env-health.org

HEAL joined a coalition of national and European NGOs to bring together the voices of victims of pesticides. A new website dedicated to tell their stories was launched by PAN Europe on the first day [...]

UK faces European court over coal plant emissions    env-health.org

Figures released from HEAL on the health costs of coal power in the UK have been used with regards to a plant in the UK which faces the European count over its emissions. The figures from HEAL releas[...]

Poland: future Czeczott coal plant on hold    env-health.org

Following the overturn of an environmental permit to build the new coal power plant, the Polish investor has now put the project on hold. HEAL together with local citizens and other groups have repea[...]

7. Nina Renshaw    env-health.org

Organisation: European Public Health Alliance EPHA (Belgium) Nina joined EPHA as Secretary-General in November 2014 after eight years at the Brussels-based environmental group Transport & Environ[...]

Workshops - Resource Efficiency Indicators - 14-04-2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

The aim of the workshop is to discuss resource efficiency indicators in connection with the ongoing work on the own-initiative report on `Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy' Locat[...]

New EP Group on Asthma and Allergy    efanet.org

MEPs Sirpa Pietikainen and Nessa Childers, patients and doctors have joined forces in an Interest Group to take actions on allergy and asthma in Europe, launched on 25 March at the European Parliamen[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 15:09 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 184' 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[...]

EFA Members news (March 2015)    efanet.org

EFA Board meeting was hosted by the Asthma Society of Ireland: Thank you! EFA Board had their meeting in preparation of our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the offices of the Asthma Society [...]

Video of a committee meeting - Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 10:48 - 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[...]

Scientific guideline: Questions and answers on 'Guideline on the environmental risk assessment of medicinal products for human use' , draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The aim of the current question-and-answer document is to provide clarification and to harmonise the use of the 'Guideline on the environmental risk assessment of medicinal products for human use' (E[...]

HEAL reaction: Rankings of European cities' actions for cleaner air    env-health.org

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) welcomes the second edition of the city ranking on air quality activities by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND)[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 30 March 2015 - 15:04 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 225' You may manually download this video in WMV (2.6Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic re[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 09:13 - 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[...]

Environment: Commission refers Germany to Court over coal power plant in Moorburg    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 March 2015 The European Commission is taking Germany to Court over its failure to apply the requirements of the Habitats Directive in relation to the [...]

Environment: Commission refers Slovenia to Court for failure to clean up highly flammable waste tyres    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 March 2015 The European Commission is taking Slovenia to Court for its failure to comply with the requirements of EU waste legislation. The case conce[...]

Environment: Commission takes the United Kingdom to Court over power plant emissions    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 March 2015 The European Commission has referred the United Kingdom to Court due to the absence of a reduction in emissions by the Aberthaw coal-fired [...]

Environment: Commission refers the United Kingdom to Court over poor waste water collection and treatment    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 March 2015 The European Commission is referring the United Kingdom to Court over its failure to ensure that urban waste water is adequately treated in[...]

Press Release: EP Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma    efanet.org

Launch of new European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma Brussels, 25 March, 2015 - Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), patients, doctors have joined forces in an Interest Group [...]

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

Multi-sectoral civil society coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers We strongly oppose the hasty push by the European Commission a[...]

Joint position paper: Cutting mercury emissions, improving people's health    env-health.org

This joint position paper by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), HEAL, WWF, Greenpeace, Client Earth, AirClim and Change Partnership focuses on the need to cut mercury emissions and improve peop[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Wednesday, 18 March 2015 - 09:08 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 178' You may manually download this video in WMV (2Gb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic reco[...]

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[...]

HEAL Newsflash - March 2015    env-health.org

HEAL Newsflash - March 2015 Originally posted on 12 March 2015 Become a member or an individual supporter The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation[...]

Nineteen endocrine disrupting pesticides found in samples of women's hair    env-health.org

To what extent are women in the child bearing age group exposed to endocrine disrupting pesticides? The fourth part of a study series by HEAL Member Générations Futures' in France provides results of[...]

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

Published on: 12 March 2015 Over 97% of foods in EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits[...]

New publication: Residential heating with wood and coal: health impacts and policy options in Europe and North America    who.int

The report describes the health effects of and policy options for dealing with residential heating with wood and coal in Europe and the United States.[...]

Initiativ Lieuwensufank - Climate change discussed at recent executive board of the World Health Assembly    env-health.org

IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network is a member of HEAL through the Luxembourg IBFAN group Initiativ Liewensufank. As IBFAN has observer status with the WHO, it attended with several de[...]

Pollen is in the air    env-health.org

HEAL and member EFA were panellists at the final conference of ATOPICA, an EU funded research project on atopic diseases in changing climate, land use & air quality. The final conference brought [...]

European environment – state and outlook report 2015 – evidence and trends to guide policy action    env-health.org

The European Environment Agency has launched its five-yearly assessment of the European environment in a global context. HEAL's Executive Director presented an evaluation on what this means for healt[...]

Improving indoor air quality in EU schools    env-health.org

HEAL and several of its members were partners of SINPHONIE, an EU-funded research project on indoor air quality in EU schools and its impact on children's health. The results of the investigations ar[...]

Air Protection as a priority for Polish Ministry of Environment in 2015    env-health.org

Protecting and improving air quality will be one of the main priorities of the Ministry of Environment in 2015, according to Polish Environment Minister Maciej Grabowski. Earlier this year, the Minis[...]

Research Headlines - Red alert for ragweed allergy    europa.eu

Pollen season is a difficult time for many. In Europe, Ambrosia artemisiifolia L., a.k.a. common ragweed, could soon be adding to the plight of allergy sufferers, and many more people could develop s[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 9 March 2015 - 19:06 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 119' 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[...]

Nature watch - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

The flight of the cranes[...]

Report on the implementation of EU water legislation: there is progress, but still work to do    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 09 March 2015 The first Communication and the two reports published today by the new Commission show how water policies can be a source of green and blue[...]

Press Release: Beware of Allergy campaign    efanet.org

FOOD ALLERGY: a burden carried by more than 17 million of Europeans In Europe, 1 out of every 20 children has one or more food allergies In the last decade, the cases of food allergies have doubled a[...]

Main results of the Environment Council    europa.eu

The Council discussed the preparations for the UN climate change conference that will take place in Paris in December. Ministers also discussed the environment related aspects of the Annual Growth Su[...]

Report - Establishment and operation of a market stability reserve for the Union greenhouse gas emission trading scheme and amendment of Directive 2003/87/EC - A8-0029/2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

REPORT on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the establishment and operation of a market stability reserve for the Union greenhouse gas emission trad[...]

European countries to meet in April to review progress on environment and health    who.int

On 28-30 April 2015 in Haifa, Israel, countries in the WHO European Region will evaluate the status of environment and health in the WHO European Region at the mid-term review of the European environ[...]

Shoring up Europe's flood defences    europa.eu

From Pakistan to the Balkans and from Mozambique to Western Europe - images of the misery caused by flooding are a regular feature in the media. While eliminating all risk is impossible, understandin[...]

Joint letter: For a TTIP resolution that puts people, the environment and democracy before short-term    env-health.org

HEAL has joined other civil society organisations from across Europe to call on Members of the European Parliament to protect the environment and health of its citizens as it drafts its opinion on th[...]

Environment report shows benefits of EU action    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release 03 March 2015 A new report published today shows that a coordinated EU environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past five years.[...]

New air quality guidelines (February 2015)    efanet.org

Air quality is an increasingly worrying topic both at EU and global level. The World Health Organisation prepares a resolution that takes stock of air pollution's harm to human health, the European U[...]

Report - Amendment to the fuel quality directive and the renewable energy directive (Indirect Land Use Change) - A8-0025/2015 - 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 98/70/EC relatin[...]

Workshops - Novel Foods - 07-10-2014 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

This report summarises the presentations and discussions during the Workshop on Novel Foods, held on 7 October 2014. The aim of the workshop was to allow an exchange of views between MEPs, the Europe[...]

Europe's environment 2015: Future prosperity depends on bolder steps in policy, knowledge, investments and innovation    europa.eu

Europe's environment and climate policies have delivered substantial benefits, improving the environment and quality of life, while driving innovation, job creation and growth. Despite these gains, E[...]

Workshops - Workshop on ETS market stability - 05-11-2014 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Location : European Parliament (Brussels), József Antall (4Q2) Draft agendaWorkshop documentStudy on Market Stability Source : © European Union, 2015 - EP[...]

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

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 26 February 2015 The European Commission is taking Greece to Court over a failure to ensure that waste water is properly treated. In the EU, Member State[...]

Commission takes Slovenia back to Court for failure to issue industrial permit for a major cement factory and asks for fines    europa.eu

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 26 February 2015 The European Commission is referring Slovenia back to Court for its failure to license industrial installations that are operating witho[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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