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HEAL Newsflash - September 2016

A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all
As EU member states gathered in Bratislava on 16 September, leading environmental organisations including HEAL called for genuinely transformational change in the wake of the UK referendum. Read more…

Trade ministers discuss TTIP and the ratification of the CETA agreement
Trade ministers gathered in Bratislava recently to discuss the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada which many civil society groups including HEAL called on trade ministers to reject. Read more…

Children’s rights and the environment – new UN report argues countries have obligation to prevent childhood exposure to toxics
HEAL members and partners contributed environmental health expertise to the Committee on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) meeting on 23 September to discuss Children’s Rights and the Environment. Read more…

Banning toxics: the untapped opportunity
HEAL starred as a guest blogger in Breast Cancer UK’s prevention week blog. Both organisations call for better regulations of chemicals and a wider recognition of the need for changes in environmental policy to breast and other cancer prevention. Read more...

The case for flame retardant free furniture
Earlier this month HEAL joined a coalition of NGOs to stress concerns about the implications from the presence of harmful flame retardants chemicals in furniture products. Read more...

EDCs: EU member states will take major decision affecting our health
Experts and official representatives of EU-28 met recently to discuss the Commission’s proposed scientific criteria to identify EDCs. Under the Pesticides law, the EU countries in the Pesticides Standing Committee will vote on the Pesticides proposal in a future Committee meeting. Under the biocides law, no vote on the biocides proposal is required. Read more...

HEAL comments on draft UNEP report by International Panel on chemical pollution
This draft report, in particular the listing of EDCs and potentials EDCs constitutes an important part of the implementation of the joint UNEP-WHO-OECD work plan on EDCs. HEAL believes it would be valuable for health groups, companies, academic and scientific research and local authorities working on health impacts of EDCs. Read more...

Delay in phase out of health-harming fossil fuel subsides as G20 leaders meet
At their summit in early September, the G20 failed to agree on a timeline to phase out inefficient health-harming fossil fuel subsidies, missing an opportunity to prevent ill health and meet the COP21 Paris climate goals. Read more…

HEAL joins coal and health working meeting in Russia
On 8 September HEAL participated in a working meeting organised by Pacific Environment on the issue of coal and public health in Vladivostok, Russia. Read more…

Health costs of coal presented in Balkan sustainable energy portal
HEAL’s Health and Energy Officer for the Balkan region highlights the health impacts of coal power in the Western Balkans in the Balkan Green Energy News Portal, an online platform covering sustainable energy stories from the region. Read more…

New subsidy scheme for Turkish coal power plants
A new law has been published in Turkey promoting a subsidy scheme that could threaten health of its citizens and the energy future and environmental regulations of the country. Read more…

News from Turkish DOSAB coal plant planned to be built in Bursa
A new law has been published in Turkey promoting a subsidy scheme that could threaten health of its citizens and the energy future and environmental regulations of the country. Read more…

Members’ news

- INCHES - 8th International conference on children’s health and the environment

- RES - New book on how to end the breast cancer epidemic

- ERS- International Congress 2016

- Générations Cobayes - Evaulating aspirations of young people

- EFA - Join us to stop asthma now! Sign the Malaga-London Declaration

- EPHA - 7th Annual Conference

- PAN Europe - Court victory increases transparency for Europeans

- Wemos - Seminar on EDCs

- Community Hygiene Concern - EDCs in treatment for head lice

- IBFAN - SDGs and World Breastfeeding Week 2016

- EFA - European Aerobiology Symposium - Is pollen a pollutant?


- NGOs express support for restriction of chemical PFOA to REACH committee

- HEAL submissions to public consultation on pesticides and biocides

- Summary of EP workshop on glyphosate

- Briefing on fossil fuel subsidies (FFS) and health (EnglishTurkish) and Q&A (EnglishTurkish)

- IPEN and the Endocrine Society’s Introduction to EDCs – available in new languages!

- Healthy Energy Initiative showcases HEAL’s work



- 26: World Environmental Health Day

- 26: AIM working group meeting on EDCs - HEAL participating

- 28 - 29: ECHA EDCs expert committee

- 28 - 30: Gastein Health Forum

- 30: World Heart Day

- 6 - 7, Belgium: Expert meeting of member states on EDC criteria

- 13, Belgium: EP Environment Committee vote on Manimata Mercury amendments

- 18, London, UK: ’A breath of fresh air’ event, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

- 19: Global Frackdown Day

- 20 - 21: HEAL General Assembly

- 20 - 21, Belgium: EU Heads of State Summit

- 22: Global day of action against coal

- 23 - 29: 4th International lead poisoning prevention week of action

- 24 - 27, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 25, Zurich, Switzerland: Food Packaging Forum workshop


- 7 – 18, Marrakech, Morocco: UNFCCC COP22 - HEAL delegation participating

- 9 – 12, Austria, Vienna: European Public Health Conference

- 14: World Diabetes Day

- 14 - 18, San Francisco, USA: IPEN Global meeting and toxic-free future forum

- 16: World COPD Day

- 21: ENVI Working Group on Health - "Exchange of good practice in the field of health promotion and primary prevention"

- 21 – 24, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 28-29: Vienna, Austria: WHO, 6th meeting of European Environment and Health Task Force, Negotiation of the Conference Declaration/outcomes

Take Action

- SumOfUs petition to European governments to reject Commission proposal on EDCs criteria

- Non à la proposition scandaleuse de la Commission européenne sur les perturbateurs endocriniens!

- Petition to German federal government on EDCs - Hormongifte stoppen!

- WeMove.EU - Petition to EU to ban glyphosate

HEAL in the media

- Fire safety chemicals ‘threaten’ public health, alliance warns, Euractiv, 19 September 2016

- Polskie elektrownie węglowe w czołówce największych trucicieli Unii, Gazeta Wyborcza, 30 August 2016

- Scientists follow NGOs, Nordic states in criticising EU EDC criteria, Chemical Watch (subscription), 19 July 2016

- Coal power plants cause deaths in neighbouring countries, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 11 July 2016

- Air pollution – crossing borders, The Lancet, 9 July 2016

HEAL tweets

- Dear #G20: 22,900 people die in EU due to coal #pollution. #StopFundingFossils to save lives!

- Let’s keep our health #EDCFree – Say NO to hormone disrupting chemicals!

- Please protect consumers! EU should exclude chemicals & pesticides from #TTIP

Originally posted on 29 September 2016

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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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