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HEAL Newsflash - May 2014

In the spotlight: Elections to the European Parliament 22 – 25 May
The upcoming elections for the new European Parliament will allow citizens to vote for representatives who can pave the way for better health in Europe through a healthier environment. Read more…

Proposed plans for US/EU trade deal would weaken health, consumer, worker, environmental protections
Current proposals being floated as part of the TTIP negotiations would grant foreign governments and cooperations an increased opportunity to influence public protections in both the EU and the US warn more than 170 environmental, health, labour and consumer organisations in an open letter. Read more…

HEAL launches social media tools in Poland
On the occasion of World Asthma Day, HEAL launched its own Facebook and Twitter accounts in Polish to build awareness of the alliance’s work in the country. Read more…

Health costs of coal power generation in Austria
HEAL, its member, the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (Austria), and environmental organisation GLOBAL2000 presented a study showing that air pollution from three remaining coal power plants in Austria causes health costs of 194 million EUR per year. Their phase out should now be a public health priority. Read more…

France launches EDC strategy with a clear message for Europe
Ségolène Royal, the new sustainable development minister and former French presidential candidate, recently announced a national strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals (SNPE) in France. France’s move on EDCs is a push for greater action at EU level. Read more…

21 residues of endocrine disrupting pesticides found in samples of French children’s hair
HEAL member Générations Futures successfully launched a report showing that children in a small-scale study in France have an average of 21 residues of endocrine disrupting pesticides in samples of their hair. Read more…

EU extends life of Europe’s biggest polluter while IPCC calls for coal phase out
The EU Commission’s February decision to allow a Polish state owned energy company to continue operating two outdated production units at Europe’s largest coal power plant is being challenged by several public interest and legal groups. Read more…

HEAL at event in Poland on environmental pollution and health effects
In April HEAL participated in a conference at the Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw focusing on the link between environmental pollution and increased rates of heart and lung diseases in Poland. Read more...

Health costs of the planned Czeczott power plant in Poland
HEAL warns that the construction of a new power plant in the region of Silesia-Czeczott - could lead to annual health costs of at least 30 million EUR. A comprehensive health impact assessment should be carried out. Read more...

“Know your air for health” aims to help us breathe more easily
Improving air quality can limit the symptoms of asthma and other breathing problems in children and adults, say HEAL and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) on the joint launch of the “Know your air for health” website. Read more…

Génon K. Jensen receives award for advocacy on air quality
HEAL’s Executive Director has received a Clean Air in Cities Award for a valuable personal contribution to improving air quality in London and elsewhere. Read more…

Analysis: will the EU air package deliver?
A recent article in the Atmospheric Environment Journal examines if the EU Commission’s Clean Air Policy Package will deliver on its promises. The authors urge for the strengthening of some of the EU’s air quality limits to complement more ambitious emission reductions. Read more…

New IPEN Mercury Guide
The International POPs Elimination Network IPEN, a global network working towards a toxic-free future has released a new guide to mercury pollution and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Read more…

Members’ news



May 2014

  • 22, Paris, France: Indoor air quality in kindergardens and schools
  • 22 – 25: European Parliament elections
  • 25: European Week against Cancer


  • 2 - 3 , Royal College of Physicians, London: Children with Cancer UK: Workshop on in utero exposure and cancer in children - More information here
  • 6, Conférence débat Genre et Cancers professionels

HEAL in the media

HEAL tweets

  • @WECF_NL @EDCFree this could be of interest: Dutch agency to study #pesticide risk to local residents RIVM (NL)
  • "World #Asthma Day! ’Know your air for health’ by @HealthandEnv @EFA_Patients aims to help us breathe more easily
  • via @bmj_latest Report shows cutting Europe’s #meat & dairy consumption would benefit #health & #environment
  • Breaking news via @genefutures - 21 residues of #endocrine disrupting pesticides in children’s hair samples #EDCFree
  • @EFSA_EU discusses #BPA comments with #NGOs and industry - @CHEMTrust & @paul_msg quoted in @chemicalwatch @EDCFree

Originally posted on 15 May 2014

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