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EPHA – EU Parliament to bring on health concerns to European Semester

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) has urged Members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee in the EU Parliament to consider health in their report on the 2015 Annual Growth Survey, part of the EU’s macroeconomic oversight programme known as the European Semester.

The original text of the ECON Committee report does not make any reference to health. The opinion adopted by the Environment Committee makes a number of suggestions including:

  • The danger of short-term savings for mid to long terms costs and the future development of high quality and high efficient healthcare systems;
  • The role of the European Semester as a tool for strengthening and safeguarding healthcare system and;
  • The importance of investing in health, as a sector which represents 85 of the workforce and 105 of EU GDP.

EPHA asked the Rapporteur, MEP Rosati (EPP, PL), along with the shadow rapporteurs in the ECON committee to give greater consideration to health. Unfortunately the Committee rejected almost all of the health-related paragraphs suggested by the ENVI Committee when it voted on the report on 23 February. The few they did adopt were mostly related to the energy market.

EPHA Letter to MEP Rosati, Rapporteur

Here you can find the adopted text

Originally posted on 11 March 2015

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