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Environment and health policy update - February 2010

Environment and Health Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more information please contact Anne Stauffer

On 9 February, the European Parliament will vote on the new European Commission, after having held hearings with each Commissioner designate. Click below to read a summary of the hearing of the Commissioner-designates for;

- Climate, Connie Hedegaard’s

- Health, John Dalli.

Article: "Patients first. Consumers first" : Designate Commissioner John Dalli heard by the European Parliament.

- Environment, Janez Potočnik.

Article: New EU Commissioner for Environment,Potočnik, to prioritise green growth and biodiversity.

Official minutes from the EU Consultative Forum on Environment and Health in December 2009 now available which highlight policy priorities and countries commitment for a second Environment and Health Action Plan in 2011.

The final third high-level preparatory meeting towards the 5th WHO Europe Ministerial Conference on Health and Environment took place 13-14 January in Bonn to negotiate the final text for the Ministerial Declaration and Commitment to Act, and finalise the conference agenda. The new designated WHO Regional Director for Europe, Zsuzsana Jakab, highlighted her commitment to the environment and health process as a priority in WHO’s work, as it formed an important part of a wider strategy on making progress in health in other policies.

Cancer is one of the priority diseases in the current EU Action Plan on Environment and Health. The European Partnership on Action Against Cancer held its second meeting in late January. The meeting was to discuss and organise work that will be put in a combined action package, including work on cancer prevention and the package submitted for Commission funding under the EU Health Programme.

HEAL’s action on environment and health

HEAL sent out a joint NGO report with European Eco Forum and Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) on the Bonn third high level meeting, and gathered nominations for the official health NGO delegation to the Parma Ministerial Conference.

HEAL’s Toxics Policy Advisor Lisette van Vliet participated in the second EU Partnership on Cancer meeting. More details can be obtained through our ‘Cancer and Environmental Prevention’ mailing list.

- Recent media coverage on HEAL and environment and health. HEAL in the media

Your Action

Write to your national environment and health focal points to find out what steps your country has taken to implement the Regional Priority Goals for children’s environmental health, which were adopted at the last WHO Ministerial Conference in Budapest in 2004. Please contact Anne Stauffer for more information.

- Let us know if you would like to jointly launch the results of the Second CEHAPE Good Practice Awards on Children’s Environmental Health on March 11 in your country, and join our media efforts with WECF. Please contact Gill Erskine.

Feedback: Are you involved as an NGO in national environment and health action plans? Or development of child specific ones? And how do you think these plans have made a difference to your work? Contact Anne Stauffer.

-  Keep up to date with the latest health and environment news - follow HEAL on Twitter.

Last updated on 8 June 2011

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