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HEAL Newsflash - January 2012

  • Opportunities for health & environment under Danish EU presidency

HEAL welcomes the health and environment priorities set to be addressed by Denmark in their presidency of the EU for the first half of 2012. All are exciting policy opportunities for health and environment. Learn more...

  • Proposal for new EU Health programme could strengthen environmental prevention opportunities

The Commission proposal for the EU Health programme 2014-2020 underlines that a healthy population is key for Europe’s economic growth and prosperity. However, the current proposal misses out on fostering opportunities for health through environmental protection, especially for reducing chronic diseases and for promoting climate measures which produce the greatest gains for public health. Learn more...

  • How fracking threatens public health

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called for a study of the public health effects of fracturing of shale rock for natural gas, commonly known as fracking. HEAL strongly supports the call having already been long coordinating advocacy efforts on fracking and health at the European level. Learn more...

  • EU biocides law considered a “standstill” by NGOs

The new EU biocides regulation adopted at the European Parliament’s plenary vote on Biocide Regulation on 19 January 2012 sounds ambitious but represents a standstill for health and environmental protection according to HEAL and other health and environment groups. Learn more...

  • Pesticides Alternatives Week: phasing out the use of hazardous pesticides

Pesticides Alternatives Week is coming up - 20 to 30 March - with many opportunities to raise awareness on reducing the use of pesticides and promoting non-chemical alternatives. HEAL is especially concerned about the continued use and potential re-authorisation of Metam, a soil fumigant. Learn more...

  • Commission’s Staff Working Paper is good news for climate, health and the economy

The long awaited Commission impact assessment of going beyond 20% emission reductions is now out. HEAL’s reaction is that good news on health benefits and savings boosts the case for stronger EU climate target. Learn more...

  • Energy efficiency and indoor air quality: ENVI opinion highlights health concerns

With their vote on the proposed EU Energy Efficiency Directive, Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) have underlined the centrality of health concerns for energy efficiency decisions. Health impacts should also be taken into account when deciding on energy efficiency management plans and in energy audits. Learn more...

  • HEAL signs onto joint statement sent to Japanese government about mercury-contaminated sites

HEAL has signed on to a joint statement by civil society organisations which calls on the Japanese government to incorporate the lessons learned from Minamata into the Global Mercury Treaty. Minamata community residents and Japanese NGO colleagues are concerned about how the mercury treaty negotiation will address contaminated sites, particularly because many of the Minamata remediation and compensation issues have not yet been resolved. Learn more...


Indoor air quality: Radon Prevention and Remediation Workshop - 23 February
Pesticide Action Week - 20 to 30 March
Climate Change and Health Effects Workshop - 1 to 2 March
European Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Coalition Launch - 21 March

Take Action

• Support a Strong Mercury Treaty

The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), a global network working towards the elimination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), recently asked for sign-ons to a civil society organizations joint statement calling for stronger mercury treaty provisions. Learn more...

• Urge Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli to propose a full ban of the pesticide metam

Join HEAL, PAN-Europe and others who are concerned about the health and environment effects of the pesticide metam and contact EU Commissioner John Dalli in support of a full ban on metam, a pesticide that is listed as an endocrine disruptor. Learn more...

Media coverage

EuroNews, the EU’s multi-language television station, broadcast an interview with Lisette van Vliet, HEAL Toxics Policy Advisor on health and fracking in an item reviewing the Polish presidency.

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Members’ News

• RES film recommendation: “The nine months that made you”

In a 4 part series, the film “The nine months that made you” by Horizon explores the secrets of what makes a long, healthy and happy life. Learn more...
• PAN Europe reports on EFSA

A new Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe report reveals that 10 out of 13 members of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) working group on TTC (Threshold of Toxicological Concern, a method to decide on the health impacts of chemicals), have a conflict of interest. Learn more...
• Natural England provides joint methodology on health economic assessment tools for walking and for cycling

The World Health Organization (WHO) just released a booklet supplying tools and guidance for facilitating the methodology of economic assessment of transport infrastructure and policies. One of HEAL’s Executive Committee Members, Dave Stone of Natural England, was a co-author. Learn more...
• WECF warns women and children at greater risk of leukaemia if in vicinity of nuclear power plants

In the light of findings from the International Journal on Cancer published this January 2012 Sacha Gabizon, international director of Women in Europe for a Common Network (WECF), is calling for an immediate action to protect the population. Learn more...
• EPHA Briefing on EU Policies and their Impact on Children’s Health

HEAL member The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has just produced a Briefing on Children’s Health that aims to provide an overview of this important policy where actions urgently need to be taken to deal with the social determinants of health inequalities in European societies. Learn more...

Last updated on 9 March 2012

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