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HEAL Newsflash - October 2014

HEAL AGA votes in Executive Committee and welcomes new member organisations

HEAL 2014 Annual General Assembly, which took place from 6 to 7 October, elected a new Executive Committee and welcomed seven new member organisations. Read more…

HEAL’s 2013 Annual Review

HEAL’s Annual Review showcases the successes and collaborations with members and partners in the different policy areas over the last year. This edition highlights HEAL’s 10th anniversary celebrations and includes a new section on HEAL’s work on disease prevention and the environment. Read more…

President-elect Juncker urged to make environmental sustainability a priority

Following the hearings of the EU Commissioner-Designates in front of the European Parliament (EP), the Green10 coalition voiced its strong concern over President-Elect Juncker’s attempt to downgrade the environment in Europe and asks the EP to reject the Commission. Read more…

Substitute It Now! Advance of harmful chemicals list will contribute to better health

HEAL welcomes 28 more chemicals added to the ‘SIN List’ (a list of substances of very high concern), as this advance will contribute to reducing chronic disease. The updated list was launched at a conference organised by HEAL partner organisation ChemSec in Brussels. Read more…

MEPs prioritise EDCs in the Commissioner-designate hearings

Endocrine disrupting chemicals emerged as a key issue for many MEPs who questioned the Commission nominees for Health and for the Environment. HEAL’s reaction to the hearings appeared in Euractiv, a widely read EU online news outlet. Read more…

37th Meeting of European Chemicals Agency Member State Committee

HEAL attended the 37th meeting of the ECHA Member State Committee (MSC) in Helsinki. Representatives participate in several REACH processes and are responsible for resolving divergences of opinions among Member States and on proposals for the identification of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). Read more…

German medical association debates health in energy transition

HEAL co-hosted an expert seminar on health in the German energy transition, together with the German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer), the largest doctors network in Germany; and the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental and Public Health Sciences (GHUP). Read more…

Open letter to UN Secretary General on fracking

On the eve of the international day of action to ban fracking on 11 October, over 250 groups from 40 countries including HEAL, signed a letter urging UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to reject fracking as part of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4AII). Read more…

Green Climate Fund should exclude financing of fossil fuels

HEAL has signed on to a letter asking the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to exclude the financing of fossil fuels and other harmful energy projects or programs. Read more…

Flexibility mechanism on air pollutants will undermine drive towards better regulation

European environmental and health organisations including HEAL have expressed grave concerns over proposals for a trade-off scheme for pollutants in the EU Clean Air Package. They say it risks rendering the National Emissions Ceiling (NEC) Directive completely unworkable. Read more…

Open letter to new Polish Prime Minister on air pollution

In an open letter to the new Polish PM Ewa Kopacz, HEAL, together with leading health and medical experts in Poland, call to protect the health of citizens from harmful air pollution in Poland. Read more…

HEAL in Poland in debate on health consequences of a coal-based economy

HEAL spoke about the negative health consequences of burning coal in a debate questioning if it is possible to live healthy in a coal-based economy. Read more...

Members’ news



  • All month: Breast cancer awareness month
  • 20 - 24, Bonn, Germany: UNFCCC Conference
  • 26 – 29, Boston, US: PPTOX IV, Environmental stressors in disease and implications for health
  • 28 – 29, France: Occupational exposure to pesticides
  • 29, Paris, France: Hormone-dependent cancers and EDCs
  • 30, Geneva, Switzerland: UNECE Session on Environment and Health


  • 4, The Hague, Netherlands: Dutch Parliament hearing on EDCs report of Dutch Health Council
  • 5, Paris, France: French National Assembly organise hearing on the cost of exposure to EDCs
  • 13 - 14, Bonn, Germany: Meeting of WHO Environment and Health Task Force
  • 14, Paris, France: HEAL Vice President will speak at Paris Appeal Congress
  • 14: World Diabetes Day
  • 15: World COPD day
  • 29, Paris, France: Environmental conference on French environment and health action plan

December 2014

  • 1, Brussels, Belgium: EEB celebrates 40 years of environmental action

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HEAL tweets

  • #MEPs played ’Fracking RISK’ Shale gas fails to offer real solution to #climatechange& bad 4 #health #GlobalFrackdown
  • @HealthandEnv quoted in Euractiv overview of #ephearings2014 of Vytenis Andriukaitis #NewCommission
  • #TeamJunckerEU please support #Green10 demand for upgrade of #Energy Union VP to #Climate action & #Energy Union VP #EPhearings2014 #Canete
  • #EDCs public consultation long awaited @HealthandEnv @FoodQualityNews • #worldheartday Latest advice on #airpollution for those who have #heart problems

Last updated on 24 October 2014

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