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Ten pathways for better health 2024-2029

With the elections 6-9 June 2024 and a new policy cycle to 2029, European Union decision-makers can choose the path to better health, by recognising the urgency to act and adopting environmental and climate policies which accelerate the transformation that needs to happen in this decade. HEAL encourages all Europeans to go and vote, for better health for all.
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Addressing air pollution in cities can greatly lessen disease burden and health costs

HEAL and its member Belgian Independent Health Insurance Funds (Mutualités Libres) organised an event under the auspices of the Belgian EU Presidency, on pathways for achieving clean air in cities. he conference took place on the eve of the European Parliament plenary vote on updated clean air standards and brought together over 300 participants. Decision-makers, scientists, NGOs and stakeholders gathered for a lively exchange on how to address air pollution in urban environments, sharing good practices and policy solutions.
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Press release: Clean air in cities for better health

Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to everyone's health across the EU, and one of the leading risk factors for chronic diseases. Today, pathways to reach clean air in cities by 2030 will be discussed by more than 340 participants from 33 countries at an international conference taking place in Brussels.
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Will the Polish government support higher ambitions for improving air quality for health?

In February a meeting of representatives of the Polish health sector and civil society with Secretary of State Krzysztof Bolesta was held at the Ministry of Climate and Environment in Poland, organized by HEAL Poland. Over 25 non-governmental organizations and health experts called on the Polish government to support the preliminary agreement reached last week during EU trilogue negotiations on updating the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive (AAQD).  
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Health sector meeting with Poland’s Ministry of Climate and Environment: say yes to the AAQD deal!

This afternoon, the HEAL Poland team, together with 25+ health experts, health organisations and civil society representatives, met Ministry of Climate and Environment Secretary of State Bolesta, to discuss the ongoing revision of the Ambient Air Quality Directive (AAQD), on which negotiators reached a deal last week. Participants included HEAL partners Prof. Michał Krzyżanowski, Prof. Tadeusz Zielonka, Prof. Bolesław Samoliński, Dr Piotr Dąbrowiecki.  
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Press release: Faced with a public health emergency from air pollution, the EU is one step closer to finally tackling it

Health groups across Europe call for the European Parliament and member states to swiftly adopt the agreement reached in trilogue on updating EU’s clean air standards (revised Ambient Air Quality Directive).  The deal includes updates on maximum levels for the major air pollutants, strengthened monitoring requirements, better information to people including vulnerable groups. The draft law also introduces new access to justice and compensation rules.  
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UBD Policy project continues science to policy consultation with workshop in Zagreb

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) recently hosted yesterday a half day science to policy consultation workshop with representatives of the Zagreb administration and other stakeholders, on how to reduce the urban burden of disease in Zagreb through environmental policies. This consultation workshop was the second in a series of stakeholder engagement activities in various cities in Europe.
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The Polish government is in a key position to ensure an ambitious EU Air Quality Directive

The EU has a unique public health opportunity with the current revision of the Ambient Air Quality Directive, and the newly elected Polish government can help ensure this. Watering the law’s ambition down with delays and exemptions would be a major, unacceptable setback for people in Poland - one of the countries with the highest economic burden to health from air pollution in the EU.
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