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EPHA position on the European Commission’s 7th Environment Action Programme

In June 2012 EPHA took part in the European Commission public consultation on the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP), to operate from July 2012. In its position statement EPHA emphasized that health and equity-promoting physical and social environments are important determinants of health. It is also important to tackle overconsumption and inequalities in access and distribution of resources considered as public goods.

The long-term vision for Europe’s environment and the priority objectives to be achieved by 2020 needs to foster health and equity-promoting physical and social environments and as such should be sufficiently recognized in Europe’s vision for environment. Consultation-contained listed strategies show a skewed focus on the supply side and little has it to do with the demand side. For more information see the visit and read the 2012 EPHA Policy Position on the EU environment policy priorities for 2020: Towards the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP).

Originally posted on 5 September 2012

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