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HEAL Newsflash - September 2014

Grave concerns on the future of environmental health in Juncker’s new Commission

HEAL, the Green10 and other Brussels-based health and civil society organisations continue to express their concern about the future of environmental health protection and the protection of future generations from environmental threats under the new EU Commission. Read more…

Environmental protection important for vast majority of Europeans

According to a new Eurobarometer poll, 95% of the 28.000 citizens interviewed said protecting the environment is important to them personally and many think more can be done. Read more…

Joint letter on the position of Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the EU Commission

A coalition of 27 international and national NGOs including HEAL sent a new letter to Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker with regards to the Chief Scientific Advisor. Read more…

Public consultation on EDC criteria

The European Commission DG for Health and Consumers has opened the public consultation on the criteria to be used to identify EDCs in the EU biocides and pesticides legislation. Read more...

Threshold of Toxicological Concern – EFSA meets stakeholders

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a stakeholder event in December on specific questions on the science and concept of Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC). Read more…

HEAL at UN Climate Summit

On 22 and 23 September, HEAL joined health groups, civil society and world leaders in New York for a landmark UN Climate Summit. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming. Read more…

Civil society call to action at WHO Health and Climate Summit

The Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) and its members including HEAL, congratulated the WHO on their vision and leadership in convening the Health and Climate Summit in August, an historic event which brought together policy makers, health professionals, academics and civil society representatives from around the world. Read more…

Want to know more about the air we breathe in Europe and how it affects your health?

Air pollution is one of Europe’s gravest environmental and health threats. A group of organisations including HEAL have launched a toolkit including a video and 12 factsheets on air pollution calling on Members of the European Parliament to make the right decisions on the air we breathe. Read more…

HEAL participates in World Spirometry day

HEAL in Poland highlighted why air quality is important for lung health, and encouraged patients to take part in a free Spirometry test, as part of World Spirometry Day. Read more…

EU consults on new mercury controls

The EU Commission is asking whether the EU should go further than the Minimata convention on mercury in a consultation on the treaty’s implementation. Read more…

Members’ news



September 2014

  • 29 - 7 October: EP hearings of Commisson nominees

October 2014

  • 6 – 7, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL AGA
  • 14, Lyon, France: Symposium on breast cancer, women’s reproductive health and EDCs
  • 16, France: Health crisis of chronic dieases, WHO
  • 19: Global Frackdown day
  • 19 – 22, Berlin, Germany: World Health Summit
  • 22: Global day of action against coal
  • 26 – 29, Boston, US: PPTOX IV, Environmental stressors in disease and implications for health

November 2014

  • 14: World Diabetes Day
  • 15 : World COPD Day

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HEAL tweets

  • @WWFEU’s Director Tony Long gives speech on behalf of #Green10 coalition at our reception now with #MEPs #Green10atEP @Europarl_EN
  • Thanks @JanezPotocnikEU "#EDCs are a serious story. They deserve’s important that future steps be taken” See @chemicalwatch
  • History is being made at the #Climate2014 Summit in New York. Follow @Climate2014Live for live updates
  • Dear Pres @JunckerEU New @EU_Commission sidelines #health protection of citizens from env threats.Read the G10 letter #Chemicals:Top env #health worry of Europeans.
  • Check out the Healthy Lungs for Life FB group to see our #BreatheCleanAir photobooth pics
  • Improving #airquality in Europe is essential for #health protection. Consult toolkit

Last updated on 1 October 2014

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The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


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