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HEAL Newsletter March 2010

Environment and health policy update - March 2010

Environment and Health Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more information please contact Anne Stauffer. On 3rd March the European Commission published its 2020 Strategy that sets out a vision of Europe’s social market economy for the 21st century. Five headline targets for 2020 are proposed: meeting the EU’s energy efficiency and climate targets; increasingly employment to 75%; increasing investment for research to 3%, reducing those living in poverty (...)

Eye On Earth — Citizen observatory on air and bathing water quality

Ever wondered if the water in your area is safe to swim in? Or what the air quality is like on your route to work? Thanks to an innovative new communications platform, millions of citizens throughout Europe can access environmental data from their area as well as update the information themselves. Eye on Earth is a two-way communication platform on the environment which brings together environmental data and scientific information with feedback and observations of millions of ordinary (...)

French youth action at Parma

Appel de la Jeunesse (Youth call to action) held the first youth and decision-maker conference on health and environment in the National Assembly in Paris on Thursday 26 February in preparation for the Parma conference. Martin Rieussec and Pascal Conges of the Collectif Appel de la Jeunesse have been part of the Europe-wide development of a declaration that was signed in Parma by the ministers of health and environment present at the meeting. The five associations which make up the Appel de (...)

About us & our members

HEAL Secretariat News March 2010

This month we say goodbye to Alina Bezhenar, our Health and Environment Youth Coordinator. Alina Bezhenar joined us for six months as a CEHAPE youth delegate for WHO. Along with other youth from across the European region, she has helped provide meaningful consultation and contribution by the youth for the 5th Ministerial Conference in March in Parma, Italy. We wish her the best of luck in her future plans. From March, Gill Erskine will take on the newly created post (...)

Promoting green health care

The health system generates thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, not to mention the wider environmental repercussions - all of which increase year on year. Earlier this month the Economist Online ran an article on greening our health care systems. HEAL member, Health Care Without Harm Europe, provided useful input from the NGO community, highlighting the vision of a health care sector that does no harm and promotes the health of people and the environment. Anja Leetz encourage (...)

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

HEAL member, The Association for Research and treatments Against Cancer (ARTAC’s correspondence on environmental causation of prostate cancer was published in the National Cancer Institute (JINCI). The article highlights that increases in incidence of prostate cancer globally are not only due to the improvement of screening techniques but due to environmental factors. Summary - Re: Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment After the Introduction of Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening: (...)

Mercury and health

Mercury and health policy update - March 2010

Mercury and health policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more details, please contact On the 16th March, The European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted on the EC Proposed regulation on the provision on food information to consumers – the Sommer report. The committee rejected a proposed change to the legislation on food information to consumers to ensure that fish and fish products are (...)


Chemicals and health policy update - March 2010

Chemicals and Health, and Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more details, please contact The cocktail effect. The European Commission’s Directorate General on Environment has launched its study on the mixtures of chemicals to which humans, animals and the environment are continually exposed and what is known about ‘cocktail’ effects. This study, which examines the state of toxicological science on mixtures and how they are (...)

Eight more chemicals proposed for REACH ‘most harmful’ list

; As part of HEAL’s ongoing project Chemicals Health Monitor (CHM) Project each month the HEAL newsletter will feature an article from the project. Chemicals Health Monitor is designed to help people understand the new European system for regulating chemical safety (REACH) enable them to give input about key decisions. The project also provides information to the public to support measures to reduce the harmful effects of hazardous chemicals on health and the environment, and to choose (...)


Pesticides and health policy update - March 2010

Pesticides and health Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more information please contact Anne Stauffer, On 23rd February, The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) discussed the draft report on the EU Biocides law by rapporteur Christa Klass (PPE, Germany). In the debate, Members of the ENVI Committee stressed the need to improve the Commission proposal and the rapporteur’s draft report (...)

Pesticides are poisoning Indonesia’s farmers, new research reveals

During the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum last month, the Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PANAP) released its report revealing hazardous pesticide use in many parts of Asia. The report, ’Communities in Peril: Asian Regional Report on Community Monitoring of Highly Hazardous Pesticide Use’ uses information from interviews on pesticide use with over 1,300 peasant farmers and agricultural workers from eight Asian (...)

Week Without Pesticides, 20th - 30th March 2010

The 20th of March saw the start off the International Week Without Pesticides. The campaign, which started in France four years ago, aims to raise awareness of the risks to health and the environment poised by pesticides and to highlight alternative solutions. With the continuing success of the French campaign, the movement expands to new countries throughout Europe every year. There are now actions and events taking place across Belgium, Macedonia, Hungary as well as parts of Africa, (...)

Climate Change

Climate change and communicable diseases

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) last week launched a new handbook for national vulnerability, impact and adaptation assessments. Climate change and communicable diseases in the EU Member States was lunched at a side event at the WHO 5th Ministerial on Environment and Health in Parma last week by Chief Scientist Professor Johan Giesecke of the ECDC. Climate change has already had measurable effects on the varied climates of Europe and further changes are (...)

Climate change and health policy update – March 2010

Climate change and health Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more information please contact Pendo Maro, On 15th March, EU Environment Ministers adopted Council Conclusions on Climate Change, as a follow up to the UN Copenhagen Climate Conference in December. Unfortunately the EU is not considering the health benefits and costs savings of higher carbon emission reductions, and has not changed its position to commit to reducing (...)

Air Quality

Air quality and health policy update - March 2010

Air Quality and health Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more information please contact Anne Stauffer. The European Commission is pursuing infringement procedures against 5 Member States for failure to comply with the Air Quality Standards on PM10. Final written warnings have been sent to Cyprus, Portugal and Spain, while Slovenia and Sweden have been referred to the European Court of Justice. HEAL and HEAL members’ action on air quality and (...)

Health impacts of air pollution need to be communicated more effectively

Reductions in air pollution in European cities significantly reduce the number of premature deaths, according to researchers. However, these results need to be communicated effectively to policy makers in order to have an impact. One of the four main target areas of the EU’s Sixth Environment Action Programme (EAP) is Environment and Health, which includes air pollution. The EU Air Quality Directive has set new air quality objectives for particulate matter 2.5. The EU supported Apheis (...)

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