Other EU Health-related reports (environment, sustainable development, drugs, food safety)

Environment & health

Human health is intimately connected to the surrounding environment - every day most of us breathe in air pollution, digest artificial chemicals with our food, and experience stressful noise levels, to name just three examples. It is usually very difficult to identify cause-and-effect relationships between, say, noise pollution and heart disease. Identifying these relationships, however, is often worth the effort linking environmental pollution to human health helps to redefine priorities and unlock resources. Reports are produced by the EU's European Environment Agency.

Environment and health, 2006
Public concerns, evidence from research and increasing scientific knowledge are all driving wide-ranging discussions on environment and health problems. The issue of environment and health is characterised by multi-causality, with different levels of association. This report was prepared as a cooperative venture between the European Environment Agency and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

Europe's environment: the third assessment - Chapter 12 - Environment and human health, 2003
This report was prepared by the European Environment Agency for the Kiev Ministerial Conference in May 2003 as part of the ‘Environment for Europe' process under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). It is the third in a series, the first two of which were published in 1995 and 1998 for the conferences in Sofia and Aarhus respectively. This third assessment differs in scope from previous reports by taking a more integrated approach both on environmental issues (e.g. combining inland and marine waterways; assessing health and environment issues) and on the integration of environmental concerns into sectoral policies, reflecting policy developments in these areas.

Mapping the impacts of recent natural disasters and technological accidents in Europe, 2004
This is the first EEA publication to address the impacts of natural disasters and technological accidents across Europe. Focusing on major events between 1998 and 2002, the report adds value to existing studies by bringing together available information on their human and economic costs.

Air pollution by ozone in Europe in summer 2003 - Overview of exceedances of EC ozone threshold values during the summer season April-August 2003 and comparisons with previous years, 2003
Summary of a draft report to the Commission giving a preliminary evaluation of ozone pollution across Europe in spring and summer 2003. The report is based on data provided by countries up to 15 September 2003 in the framework of a Council Directive.

Sustainable development

Sustainable development (SD) can be defined simply as a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. It is a vision of progress that links economic development, protection of the environment and social justice, and its values are recognised by democratic governments and political movements the world over.

See European Commission - Sustainable Development.

Measuring progress towards a more sustainable Europe - 2007 monitoring report of the EU sustainable development strategy , 2007
Measuring progress towards sustainable development is an integral part of the renewed strategy, which foresees in particular that Eurostat produces a monitoring report every second year, based on the EU set of sustainable development indicators (SDIs). Following the mandate arising from the strategy, the Commission carried out a review of the 2005 indicator set in cooperation with the working group on SDIs, which is composed of both statistical and policy representatives at national and EU level. This new report updates and adapts the 2005 edition in the context of the renewed strategy, analysing progress in the implementation of the renewed objectives.

Measuring progress towards a more sustainable Europe , 2005
This Eurostat publication presents a set of 59 indicators based on the methodology proposed by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. The aim of this study, which includes economic, social, health and institutional indicators, as well as environmental indicators, is to show how statistical indicators can be used to measure progress in achieving the objective of sustainable development.

Drugs and drug addiction

The EU agency, EMCDDA (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction), has a comprehensive programme of printed publications targeting a wide range of audiences, including EU, national and regional policy-makers, scientists and academics, practitioners in the drugs field, the media and the general public. The EMCDDA produces two annual statutory publications - the Annual report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe and the General report of activities. It also publishes two periodicals - Drugnet Europe, a quarterly newsletter, and a series of policy briefings under the title Drugs in Focus. The EMCDDA publications include Scientific Monographs, Insights, Manuals and Risk-assessment reports. In addition to these series, the EMCDDA also produces individual titles on an ad hoc basis.

See Publications of the EMCDDA

Food safety

The EFSA's founding Regulation lays down that EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) shall search for, collect, collate, analyse and summarise scientific and technical data in the fields within EFSAs mission. This shall involve in particular the collection of data relating to: (a) food consumption and the exposure of individuals to risks related to the consumption of food; (b) incidence and prevalence of biological risk (see zoonoses webpage); (c) contaminants in food and feed; and .(d) residues.

See EFSA data, documents and scientific reports