The European Parliament will vote tomorrow whether to give its consent to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA for short.

We ask MEPs to demand a renegotiation of this bad deal in order to ensure policy coherence between trade and health.

Join us, and demand #CETA4health !


In this issue

EPHA Updates


Members updates and featured events


We’re already getting stuck into an eventful European year for health, with some exciting proposals heading our way.  As the articles in this edition make clear, issues on the horizon aren’t short of controversy. The challenges for Europe’s decision-makers are unprecedented. Against the tumultuous background of global social, economic and political upheaval, Europe will have to set course for 2020 and beyond, and win back its credibility in the process.

After the year that the voters bit back, it doesn’t seem yet that politicians have learned any lessons. The race to the bottom – cutting taxes, cutting loopholes in environmental standards, cutting investment in health, cutting ties across borders, cutting back on human rights – was lost by almost everyone.

Rumour has it that the Commission plans to put the Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of their post-2020 vision. Considerably how pitifully un-seriously the SDGs have been taken so far, that’d take everyone by surprise.  

Will the principles of international trade deals be reconsidered to put public interests first? Will Europe respond to the Panama Papers and LuxLeaks by finally pushing through tax justice measures?  Will our agriculture and pharmaceutical policies go beyond industrial policy to deliver nutritious food and affordable medical innovation?  Europe, as a region rich in education, science and ideas, has the most to gain from all of this and can only lose further from trying to run the race to the bottom.

We’ll find out very soon, with a White Paper from the European Commission on the Future of Europe coinciding in March with the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome.  It’s an opportunity to reassert European values and our true competitive advantage in our collective talents. Europe desperately needs to outline an inspiring vision of a brighter, inclusive and healthier future.  

Nina Renshaw
Secretary General

EPHA Updates






The conference will catalyse change for health and break down barriers to tackle chronic diseases.

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A round-up of EPHA's latest press releases, statements and calls for action 

On Trade for Health 
CETA gets the INTA Committee's Approval amidst Concerns of Legal Uncertainty
EPHA calls on members of the European Parliament Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) to reject CETA
ENVI Committee gives green light to CETA

On Food, Drink and Sustainable Diets
Call on @EP_Environment to support 3 Steps Towards Healthier Marketing 

EPHA highlights new evidence on how alcohol policies are failing youth  

On Healthy Economics
EPHA Joins Call for EU Actions on Health and Equity

On Antimicrobial Resistance
EPHA co-signs letter urging European Commission to reduce pharmaceutical pollution

On Access to Medicines
EPHA response to the Public Consultation on strengthening EU co-operation on Health Technology Assessment

Members updates and featured events

Royal College of Physicians
Free Seminar: Keeping Patients Safe - Medication Errors: Reading from the Wrong Script 
29 March 2017 | 17:30-1900 London Read More          

 Course on Leadership for Public Health in Europe (LEPHIE) 
A new Problem-Based Learning and Blended Learning course from March until May 2017 with face-to-face lectures at the Maastricht University Campus Brussels and on-line lectures via an E-learning platform, designed for professionals who wish to enhance their leadership skills and advance in their career, operating under the framework of the ASPHER's Public Health Training Academy (PHTA), which aims to strengthen, clarify and expand Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training in Public Health in Europe. For more information, contact Fèlix Ruiz Cabré at

European Alliance for Mental Health,which promotes mental health and well-being in the workplace has launched its new website. Visit the site to find the latest news, publications, information and events organised by the Alliance.

SAVE THE DATE | FEANTSA Policy Conference |  The Fight Against Homelessness: Solidarity in Action Gdansk, Poland  18-19 May 2017 >>Read More

EUROCARE How is your country doing on alcohol policy? The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) together with partner organisations compiled existing data on alcohol policies across Europe. The aim was to present information in easy and accessible format.

Consumer survey on communication of alcohol associated risks In the context of the European Union Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RARHA) project, Eurocare gathered a snapshot of consumers’ perceptions and understanding of communication about alcohol related risks.

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