AGE supports the EU4Health Campaign

70% of Europeans want the EU to do more for health, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey. This is why a pool of European organisations, under the leadership of the EPHA (European Public Health Alliance) and EPF (European Patients Forum) came together to ensure that the European institutions will continue to guarantee health protection and promotion.

Started as a reaction to the Future of Europe white paper presented in 2017 by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, which included, in the 5 outlined scenarios, the option to “do less” on some policy areas, the EU4health campaign aims to ensure that EU action on health remains strong after 2020. EU4Health brings together organisations that share the vision of a Europe where all people are as healthy as they can be throughout their lives.

The 7 key asks to the European Commission are outlined in a joint:

  1. Dedicated Health Commissioner and Vice-President for Sustainable Well-Being
  2. Adopt EU-level actions to prevent diseases and promote healthy lifestyles
  3. Develop a framework for tackling non-communicable diseases
  4. Support national health systems with expertise and evidence
  5. Empower citizen and patients
  6. Assess the impact of health in EU policies
  7. Establish strong leadership with a European Global Health.

For more information: https://eu4health.eu/


European Medicine Agency: Keeping it safe

Did you know that the brightest medicine experts with diverse specialised knowledge in the world work to keep medicines safe across the European Union? On 7 May 2019, the European Medicine Agency (EMA) launched a social media campaign to highlight how the European medicines regulatory network keeps medicines available in Europe safe and effective.

EMA’s visuals describe the added value of European cooperation in keeping medicines safe, from the pooling of resources to better monitoring and analysing safety information across the EU, to raising safety standards and allowing patients to directly report side effects and identify legally operating online pharmacies and retailers.

‘Keeping medicines safe’ is a priority for EMA, the European Commission and the network of national competent authorities which provides the Agency with the best-available scientific expertise in the EU for the regulation of medicines.

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Inclusion Europe: What about the right to vote?

More than seventy years have passed since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and still, some people cannot enjoy their right to vote.

How is the disability movement addressing the European elections? Many common points exist between persons with disabilities and older persons: older persons are more likely to have a disability and issues of legal capacity, accessibility and access to information are important to many older people. Inclusion Europe is an organisation who fights for the rights and the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. We present their manifesto for the 2019 elections.

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