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HEAL Newsflash - August 2010

A monthly update for the health and environment community in Europe.

NGOs urge Commission to come forward with a second EU Environment and Health Action Plan

The European Union’s role in protecting health through environmental policy could be enhanced by a visionary second European Union Environment and Health Action Plan, according to Genon Jensen, HEAL’s Executive Director. Read more…

European Commission delays air pollution legislation, yet again

On the 2nd July, the European Commission revealed that critical air legislation will be postponed until 2013, putting the health of millions of Europeans at risk. In an interview with Le Monde, Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said air policies will not be reviewed until 2013 as they are too costly to implement. Environmental and health NGOs argue that this is not the case. Read more…

Health organisations call for European action to combat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD affects 44 million people in Europe and is the 4th leading cause of death worldwide. The WHO predicts it will become the 3rd by 2030. In June, HEAL supported a Call to Action on COPD by the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA). Specifically, the Call urges EU institutions and Member States to develop a strategic and integrated approach to respiratory diseases with a focus on COPD. Read more …

Belgium: the new EU presidency

On July 1st, Belgium took over the European Union’s six-month rotating presidency from Spain. From July through December Belgium will focus on six priority areas, ranging from the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon, which came into force on 1 December 2009, to the pursuit of strong international climate and energy negotiations.

Of particular interest are their health policy priorities which include; tackling health inequalities; the fight against cancer; Determining social factors of health. The presidency is also organising a series of events on Environment and Health issues – these will contribute significantly to raising the political profile of many key environmental health issues, and the ongoing discussions on a second EU Environment and Health Action Plan. Read more….

USEFUL MATERIALS

New Brochure - Chemical Cocktails – harmful mixtures upset our hormones

Scientists around the world believe that increasing rates of cancer, diabetes and infertility could be reduced by removing certain hormone disrupting chemicals from our environment - But to date, political action has been half-hearted.

There are many opportunities to better implement chemicals legislation that protects our health and the environment. Our new brochure, produced by HEAL, WWF and Chem Trust, provides information on how this can be achieved, as well as how to reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals. Download it here

ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH IN THE MEDIA

There has been lots of press coverage over the past few months on environment and health issues – particularly around Chemicals and Pesticides. With increasing international concerns over Endocrine Disrupting chemicals and Bisphenal A, as well as mounting pressure in the EU for stronger national pesticides regulation.

CAN YOU HELP?

Call for Information - toxicity and the assessment of mixtures of chemicals.

The European Commission’s Health and Consumers Directorate-General (DG SANCO) has issued a call for information on on the toxicity and the assessment of mixtures of chemicals. More information…

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Last updated on 7 June 2011

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