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HEAL Secretariat News March 2010

Staff changes

This month we say goodbye to Alina Bezhenar, our Health and Environment Youth Coordinator. Alina Bezhenar joined us for six months as a CEHAPE youth delegate for WHO. Along with other youth from across the European region, she has helped provide meaningful consultation and contribution by the youth for the 5th Ministerial Conference in March in Parma, Italy. We wish her the best of luck in her future plans.

From March, Gill Erskine will take on the newly created post Campaign and Communications Officer. Gill will be the first point of contact for HEAL members and will be coordinating HEAL’s communication services - such as the newsletters, the websites and publications. Gill will also provide support to our campaigns and projects.

HEAL is recruiting!

HEAL has two openings for internships this summer.

1. Research and Policy Intern - Chemicals The successful candidate will work closely with the HEAL Toxics Policy Advisor, on EU chemicals policy. For the full job description click here

2. HEAL is recruiting a Research and Policy Intern – Climate Change The successful candidate will work closely with the joint HEAL/Health Care Without Harm Senior Policy Advisor on EU Climate change and health policy. For the full job description click here

Press releases

11/03/2010 Competition rewards environmental projects that save children’s lives Also available in French , Russian, Dutch.

10/03/2010 Lung health under threat from climate change and deteriorating air quality

08/03/2010 HEAL takes part in ministerial talks on children’s health in Parma

12/02/2010 Study charts path for better protection from harmful "chemical mixtures"

Open Letters and position papers

To: Members of the European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI Committee) Concerning: Proposals to amend the European Parliament draft report on the “Commission White Paper: ‘Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action’ (2009/2152 (INI)).”

Joint NGO Position on Draft report of European Parliament – Rapporteur Christa Klaß (EPP) in view of the Commission proposal for a regulation concerning the placing on the market and use of biocidal products.

To: ENVI Committee: Environment and Health NGOs’ comments on labelling of foodstuffs: Environment Committee’s report on the proposed regulation on food information to consumers.

To: The President of the European Commission Concerning: Europe’s emissions reduction target to the UNFCCC Secretariat..

To: Spanish Presidency of the EU Concerning: Europe’s emissions reduction target to the UNFCCC Secretariat.

Response by the EU Civil Society Contact Group to the EC Consultation on the Green Paper on a European Citizens’ Initiative


HEAL brochure: Better health through a healthy environment. Also available in Russian, Italian, German and French.

CEHAPE Awards 2010

Pesticides and Health E-News - February 2010

Chemicals Health Monitor Bulletin

Conference and meetings

2 – 3rd February Lisette van Vliet participated in the Competent Authorities for REACH and Classification, Labelling & Packaging of Hazardous Substances. This group meets around 3 times per year to discuss REACH implementation issues. In this meeting, HEAL attended to receive information about developments on the criteria for PBT chemicals which will be used under REACH to identify chemicals of very high concern; developments on the regulatory treatment of Deca BDE; phthalates; Cadmium and the combination effects of chemicals.

10th February – NGO Management Board Representative, Dr. Martin Fuehr, attended the meeting of ECHA Management Board Working Group on Data Dissemination, in Helsinki. This Working Group is looking at how ECHA deals with the dissemination of information submitted to ECHA for chemicals registered under REACH, particularly how that data will be made easily available to the public on the ECHA website, and under what criterion a registering company’s request for confidentiality of some of the data will be accepted.

23rd February – Anne Stauffer attended a dinner in the European Parliament “Health and Environment – Preparing for Parma” organized by the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea of Italy, in collaboration with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe.

25th February - Genon Jensen gave a presentation on NGO involvement in children’s environment and health during the seminar, “Parme un enjeu pour les jeunes” organised by the Appel de Jeunesse in the French National Assembly. Diana Smith also attended the press conference.

26th February Gill Erskine and Pendo Maro attended as lunch time session hoseted by the European Climate Foundation entitled, ‘Using social surveys and behavioural economics to address climate change: Uncovering trends in public opinions’.

4th March Lisette attended the Health Questioning expertise - conflicts of interest and deficient evaluation conference at the European Parliament. She gave a presentation entitled: Bisphenol A: a perspective from a European environmental health NGO.

10th – 12th March The HEAL secretariat participated in the WHO 5th Ministerial conference on environment and health in Parma, Italy. HEAL lead a delegation of NGO representatives, participated in side-events and had a exhibition stand displaying all HEAL and members projects.

Last updated on 8 June 2011

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