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HEAL Newsflash - March 2014

Mid-term review of WHO Environment and Health process, November 2014
Later this year, health and environment ministers from 53 countries will come together to assess how far countries have progressed in reaching the ambitious targets set in the 2010 Parma Declaration. HEAL will contribute as a member of the EHTF and through outreach with the health community. Read more…

EU Summit on chronic diseases
In April, the EU Commissioner for Health Tonio Borg will host the first EU Summit on chronic diseases, a follow up to the 2011 UN political meeting and declaration on this issue. Read more…

Health at Paris’ environmental film festival HEAL successfully co-hosted a series of health and environment documentaries and debates at the 31st International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) to promote the recognition of the links between health and environmental issues, especially related to chemicals. Read more…

Global Health and Justice in a changing environment Julia Huscher, HEAL’s coal and health officer recently participated in Healthy Planet UK’s landmark conference ‘Global health and justice in a changing environment’ in London. Read more…

New evidence on chemicals and children’s stunted neurological development
Two leading experts on how children’s health is affected by environmental pollution recently published a major review of the evidence about chemicals contributing to a ‘global, silent pandemic’ of disorders of brain and nervous system. Read more…

Call for action on EDCs by the European Parliament and member states
The Swedish minister for environment, Lena Ek, threatened to sue the EU Commission for the delay in identifying EDCs. This announcement echoes concerns from the S&D party in the European Parliament, who called on the Council to act. Read more…

Time to act: protecting children from hormone disrupting chemicals
Executive Director Génon K. Jensen participated in a debate organised with policy makers in Brussels to discuss the need to speed up EU action to protect children’s exposure to harmful EDCs. Read more…

French report on EDC strategy calls for urgent action from EU
HEAL joined French member NGOs, Générations Futures (GF) and Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) in welcoming a French report calling for urgent action from the EU on EDCs. Read more…

First EDC Expert group meeting, Helsinki
HEAL is an observer of the EU Endocrine Disruptor Expert Group that recently met in Helsinki. This group which focuses on substances with endocrine disrupting properties, provides informal and non-binding scientific advice on questions related to identification of EDCs. Read more…

Pesticides Action Week – save the date!
During the 9th edition of Pesticide Action Week, HEAL and its members will be raising awareness about the impacts of pesticides on our health and the environment through a number of events. Read more…

First time screening of ‘La Mort est dans le Pré’ in Brussels
On the occasion of Pesticide Action Week, HEAL brings together pesticide victims and EU policy makers to discuss how to prevent impacts of pesticides on our health. On 27 March, HEAL co-hosts a screening of the French documentary La Mort est dans le pré (Death is in the Meadow)at the European Parliament with MEP Hiltrud Breyer. Read more…

EU decision to allow greater pollution of Polish power plants puts health of citizens at risk
Health groups expressed concern after a recent EU Commission decision granting Polish power plants more time to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants. Read more…

Joint contribution to Energy Community Treaty revision consultation
Civil society organisations urge decision-makers to consider better environmental and public health impacts when integrating energy markets. The revision of the Energy Community Treaty, which brings together the Western Balkans, Ukraine and Moldova is an opportunity to rectify this problem. Read more…

The return of coal: German TV documentary
HEAL’s coal and health officer recently appeared in a German TV documentary on the health impacts related to coal-fired power plants. Read more…

New patient information leaflets: Air quality and heart and lung health
HEAL and the EU ESCAPE project recently launched a series of information leaflets aimed at providing individuals, health professionals and heart, lung and asthma patient groups with the latest science-based guidance on how air pollution affects health in Europe, and prevention tips. Read more…

New coal power units in Opole, Poland raise health concerns
Following lively discussions, the Polish government recently gave the official go ahead for the construction of new coal power units in Opole, in southern Poland. Read more…

EU Commission launches legal action over UK air quality
HEAL welcomes the EU Commission’s recently launched legal proceedings against the UK for failing to deal with air pollution. Nitrogen dioxide, mainly from diesel engines can lead to major respiratory illnesses and premature deaths. Read more…

Members’ news


HEAL and EU ESCAPE information leaflets:



  • 6, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA launches manifesto for EP elections - More information here
  • 7, London, UK: British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM) conference on electromagnet radiation and health - More information here
  • 17, Brussels, Belgium: Hearing: Clean air for Europe – HEAL participating - More information here
  • 27, EP, Brussels, Belgium: Screening of ‘La mort est dans le pré’ with Hiltrud Breyer MEP - For more information please contact


  • 3- 4, Brussels, Belgium: EU Chronic Diseases Summit - More information here
  • 7, World Health Day - More information here
  • 23: EFSA Stakeholder meeting on BPA opinion, Brussels, Belgium - More information here


  • 2 - 3 , Royal College of Physicians, London: Children with Cancer UK: Workshop on in utero exposure and cancer in children - More information here

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  • French report calling on #EU to react urgently on #EDCs welcomed by @genefutures @ReseauES @HealthandEnv @EurActiv
  • @Reuters_Health Study suggests that receipts may be a source of #EDCs linked to reproductive & neurological problems
  • Swedish #Chemicals Agency Proposes Taxation on Hazardous Substances and Textile Chemicals #EDCFree
  • @kellyrigg #Health of citizens at risk as @EU_Commission’s decision allows greater pollution of Polish power plants
  • @CleanAirUK Are you concerned about how #airpollution affects your #health?HEAL & #EU ESCAPE has new info leaflets!

Last updated on 7 March 2014

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