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HEAL Newsflash - June 2015

World Health Assembly adopts landmark resolution on air pollution and health
HEAL welcomes the first-ever WHO resolution on the health impacts of air pollution, adopted at the World Health Assembly in May. Read more…

Better regulation watchdog
HEAL teamed up with more than 50 civil society organisations from a wide range of interest groups to watch closely and give input into the Better regulation proposals, recently launched by the EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Read more…

NGOs call for full lobby transparency
Over 100 NGOs including HEAL, and trade unions from across Europe, call on the EU Commission to take strong and urgent action to create a high-quality and legally-binding EU lobby transparency register. Read more…

EU Conference on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)
EU conference draws nearly 300 participants to discuss next steps on-going impact assessment on criteria to identify EDCs. HEAL highlighted how reducing exposure from these chemicals is a chance in Europe to be the first to really enact primary prevention of cancers, infertility, learning disabilities, and other diseases, to achieve a healthier society. Read more...

HEAL signs joint NGO letter on glyphosate
In a joint letter to the EU Commission, HEAL has asked for an informed debate on the use of glyphosate in Europe. There are concerns about the scope of the EU Commission’s request to the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) to investigate the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. Read more…

A Toxic Affair: How the chemical lobby blocked action on EDCs
This recent report by Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and French investigative journalist Stephane Horel examines how concerted industry lobbying delayed regulations on EDCs. Read more…

Civil society groups warn of TTIP risk on EDCs
NGOs called on the Rapporteur of the European Parliament’s Trade Committee to oppose a chemicals chapter in the EU US TTIP agreement because it could undermine future EU action on EDCs. NGOs have also set up an online platform to say no to ISDS. Read more…

Harmful pesticide globally banned
At a UN Chemicals meeting in May, delegates from more than 90 countries voted for a global ban on pentachlorophenol – a proven hazardous pesticide and contaminant in wildlife and human biomonitoring studies. Read more…

Strong support for Paul Francois facing Monsanto
About 50 people joined Paul Francois, President of Phyto-Victimes (HEAL member), in front of the Court of Appeal in Lyon immediately before a second hearing at the end of May. Monsanto appealed a 2012 court decision to compensate Paul Francois for health damage from pesticide intoxication. Read more…

HEAL participates in Paris conference on climate and health Six months before the start of COP21, the French Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights is putting health in the spotlight through a high level conference, Climate, Health, Inequalities: Solutions?” in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. Read more...

Climate commitments of South-Eastern Europe countries
Members and partners of the SEE SEP network including HEAL urged governments of the region to act promptly and put forward ambitious and fair climate commitments for the Paris Climate conference. HEAL’s Vlatka Matkovic Puljic highlighted the unique opportunity to improve health through strong climate contributions. Read more…

The Health Benefits of Tackling Climate Change
Find out how climate action is good for your health in a new article by HEAL’s President Peter van den Hazel of the organisation INCHES - International Network on Children’s Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES). Read more…

How coal power plants in Turkey make us sick

Coal power plant capacity in Turkey is set to almost double over the next four years adding significantly to already high health costs, according to HEAL’s recent report. Read more…

Clean air would promote better health in Serbia

Serbian health professionals and the Ministry of Health launched a statement urging the national government to improve people’s health by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels. HEAL works closely with health professional in Serbia to highlight the health risks from coal. Read more...

Poland: Submission to consultations on national air programme and public health bill
HEAL in Poland urged the government for greater health protection from air pollution in two strategic policy processes – the National Air Protection Programme and the Public Health Bill. Read more…

Members’ news

- ISDE – Call for ban of glyphosate

- IEW – ‘Be Planet’ launched

- ABCF – Book on Helen Muscat’s life

- WEN – What’s disrupting you? ‘Endocrination’ film screening in London

- EFA - Four more MEPs support the EP Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma

- AWHHE - Through Toxic-Free Products to Healthy Generation

- ELF – Link between household air pollution and lung infections

- RES – End to EDCs – it’s possible!

- LSHTM – Divestment from coal companies

- WECF – Film on EDCs and pregnant women


- Statement on air, coal and health in SerbiaEnglish

- The Unpaid Health Bill – How coal power plants in Turkey make us sick – English - Turkish

- New brochure for patients in Poland on health impacts of air pollution

- Launch of Better regulation watchdog



- 15, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council

- 16: CHE Partnership Call - Identifying EDCs for Public Health Protection: The Endocrine Perspective

- 16 – 18, Brussels, Belgium: EU Sustainable Energy Week

- 18, Paris, France: Colloque - Les pathologies neuro-développementales et l’environnement

- 18 - 19, Paris, France: Conference "Climate, Health, Inequalities: Solutions?" - HEAL participating

- 22, Rome, Italy: Conference on the environment, health and economic development (HEAL participating)

- 24, Paris, France: ANSES conference - ‘Health risks, precaution and innovation’

- 25 June, London, UK: Women’s Environment Network screens documentary film ’Endocrination’

- 30 June, EP, Brussels, Belgium: EDCs and Future Generations: Time for the EU to Take Action


- 1 July: Luxembourg EU Presidency begins

- 1 July, EP, Brussels, Belgium: Allergy and Asthma Patients need Clean Air in Europe – organised by EFA

- 6 – 8 July, Picardie, France: Global Conference: All actors of Rupture? HEAL participating

- 7 – 10 July, Paris, France: Our common future under climate change

- 12 – 17 July, Barcelona, Spain: Global Health Summer School on Climate Change & Health

Take Action

- Stop TTIP and CETA – Deadline October 2015

- Call on MEPs to keep ISDS out of TTIP

- The urgent case for a ban on fracking – Food and Water Europe petition

- Avaaz petition: Protect our health, Stop Monsanto

- petition to Chancellor Merkel to maintain Germany’s reputation as a climate leader

- - Tell the G20 to #StopFundingFossils

HEAL in the media

- Šefčovič should talk ‘health’ to make progress in Serbia
Euractiv, 11 June 2015

- Coal in Poland Lowering Life Spans
The New York Times, 7 June 2015

- OPREZ Zagađenje vazduha izaziva kardiovaskularna oboljenja
Informer, 3 June 2015

- Ubi nas vazduh
Mondo, 3 June 2015

- Annual cost of coal to health: 3.6 bln euros
Today’s Zaman, 30 May 2015

- UN calls for air pollution action
ENDS Europe, 27 May 2015

- Turkey’s energy policy is expensive and lethal
Today’s Zaman, 27 May 2015

- “Türkiye’de kömürlü termik santraller bizi nasıl hasta ediyor?” raporu yayımlandı
Yesil Gazete, 20 May 2015

- Turkey to double coal capacity in four years
Euractiv, 20 May 2015

HEAL tweets
- #Cleanair would promote better #health in Serbia say #health professionals @Green_Europe @HealthPollution @EU_COPD
- Europe should keep its hands off #coal says @boell_stiftung @EurActiv
- We believe option 3 WHO def. to identify EDCs+categories best to protect public #health
- Gov’ts @WHO have recognised the need to act against #airpollution. #GetUpAnd phase out coal for cleaner air
- #EWAC2015 Why is #cancer affecting more young people? Environmental exposures are a likely cause via @CHM_HEAL
- Policy recommendations to advocate for better #health and #EndCoal in Turkey & elsewhere

Originally posted on 11 June 2015

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