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Economic policies must address the real impact of crisis on people living in Europe by EPHA

The 3rd Annual Growth Survey (AGS), which sets out what the European Commission believes must be the EU’s priorities for the coming 12 months in terms of economic, budgetary policies and reforms to boost growth and employment, was released on 28 November 2012.The EPHA welcomes the survey as it recommends moving away from austerity policies which are difficult for European populations and economies, and places an emphasis on poverty reduction and investment in youth. However, EPHA urges more efforts to further invest in health and social services, promote equality, and achieve sustainable development and fair taxation.

EPHA encourages the Council of the EU and the European Commission to engage civil society and other health actors to ensure initiatives

  • Develop guidelines so that budget consolidation does not remove our ability to recover from the crisis by negatively impact on social protection and health systems, and is consistent with social objectives such as affordability and availability of quality services and educational achievement of disadvantaged groups;
  • Create jobs in the health, social and care sector to put Europe on the right path to sustainable development;
  • Improve accessibility and prioritise prevention in health system reform;
  • Introduce measures that reduce poverty and social exclusion, and not only mitigate their effects;
  • Take bolder action fight against tax havens, corruption and tax fraud;
  • Implement a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) in all EU countries who have agreed to move forward with this.

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The Annual Growth Survey 2013 presented on 28 November 2012.

Originally posted on 11 December 2012

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