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HEAL Secretariat News July - August 2009

Staff changes

In July we said goodbye to Monica Guarinoni, HEAL Deputy Director. Monica is moving to work on environmental projects with the European Commission. Having been with HEAL since our beginnings, Monica’s hard work and cheerful outlook will be missed very much. We wish her the best of luck for her new position, and are very thankful that her new office is only 100 meters from HEAL!

From September, Gill Erskine who joined the HEAL team in March as an intern, will be starting as our Policy and Information Officer. Gill will be the first point of contact for HEAL members’ and will be coordinating the newsletter and HEAL members’ projects. She will also be following the policy areas of pesticides and air quality.


Guidance: Damp and Mould Health risks, prevention and remedial actions Report: Green 10: European Commission environmental progress report & lessons for the next commission Open letter: 17th July – HEAL, the European Federation for Transport and Environment and the European Environmental Bureau sent a letter to President Barrosso regarding possible postponement of the entry into force date of Euro VI air pollution standards for heavy goods vehicles

Press Releases

31/07/2009 Respiratory doctors call for EU action on climate change

25/06/2009 EU says cancer prevention needs to address environmental factors

18/06/2009 Green groups: European Commission off target

Conferences and Meetings

10th June - The Green 10 held a press conference for the launch of their Commission End of Term review. Both Monica Guarinoni and Gill Erskine->] attended.

12th June – Gill Erskine presented the joint HEAL and European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients Association (EFA) project Know Your Air For Health->] at the EFA AGM in Rome.

15th – 16th June- Lisette attended the 2nd Meeting of the Competent Authorities for REACH and Classification, Labelling & Packaging of Hazardous Substances. The meeting chaired was by the European Commission, with representatives of Member State Ministries responsible for chemicals management, of the European Chemicals Agency, and stakeholders, concerning the implementation of REACH & CLP.

16th – 17th June - Genon attended the WHO European Environment and Health Committee (EEHC) meeting in Andorra in preparation for the Fifth Ministerial Conference to be held in Parma, Italy, in 2010.

17th June – Lisette participated in a steering committee meeting to guide the joint environment & health NGOs’ representative on the European Chemicals Agency Management Board. 18th June - Lisette represented HEAL at the press conference in Paris to launch the new HEAL and MDGRF Victimes des pesticides.

22nd – 23rd June – Gill attended the European Environmental Bureau’s (EEB) Clean Air Working Group in Brussels, proving updates on HEAL’s joint air quality projects with the European Respiratory Society European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients Association.

2nd – 3rd July Lisette participated in the bi-annual meeting of the European Environmental Bureau’s Chemicals Working Group in Brussels. Lisette gave policy updates on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals; REACH and Consumer Right to Know, and Pesticides.

5th July – Pendo attended the Ecosphere Environmental Enforcement Round-table. Discussions focused on EU environmental law implementation with presentations by Commissioners. Pendo presented our HEAL and Healthcare Without Harm Europe (HCWH E) climate change work.

6th July- Lisette attended a Roundtable with European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) stakeholders (industries, health & environmental NGOs, European Parliament). This meeting discussed ECHA’s plans & policies to make the newly available information on chemicals from the registration dossiers available to the public, which must be on the internet and free of charge according to the REACH law. Lisette gave an oral presentation of a joint NGO comments paper.

8th July – Gill and Lisette hosted a workshop with young people on climate change and chemicals and health. The workshop was organized as part of the European Commission’s Youth and Health Conference (9th – 10th July). Gill also attended the conference which was held in Brussels.

Last updated on 10 June 2011

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