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Advocacy by EUPHA

EUPHA is dedicated to letting the voice of public health professionals be heard in Europe. Join us in our efforts by contacting us. Please find below our latest activities to influence public health policy at European and national level. Please feel free to distribute and support.

25 September 2018

Matching Health Needs and Pharmaceutical Research - How to set the research agenda for public health

Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Vienna 25 September

The Austrian Presidency organised an important conference which sought to raise awareness of the relevance of public funding for innovation in the health sector in Vienna on the 25 September.

Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, represented EUPHA as a guest speaker on the topic of identifying and effectively tackling medical need in research programmes.

Natasha outlined the public health approach to measuring disease burden in the European population using DALYs and identifying the mismatch between disease burden, expected increase in disease prevalence and gaps in pipeline medicines. She highlighted the need to ensure that areas such as central nervous system and mental health are not sidelined in view of their disease burden. She also questioned whether a utilitarian approach however is sufficient in the SDG era which focuses on ‘leaving nobody behind’ and therefore rare diseases should also have their specific pipelines and investment. Nonetheless, she cautioned against ‘orphanisation’ becoming the modus operandi for the bullk of pharm R&D since this would surely be unsustainable.

She also explained how projects such as To-REACH which is dedicated to setting a strategic agenda for health systems research in the European Union by bringing several stakeholders together could be replicated in this area. Finally, the EUPHA President called for a wide consultation on an explicit health research strategy for the forthcoming funding period and reminded participants that many health needs arising from common diseases can be prevented and avoided in the first place by focussing upstream and implementing healthy public policy.


20 September 2018

European Vaccine Action Plan, advancing public health in the European Region, and strengthening the use of evidence for policy-making

Update from the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe: 

The 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe took place 17-20 September 2018 in Rome. One important agenda point was the European Vaccine Action Plan. EUPHA expressed its concern at falling confidence in vaccinations to the Regional Committee. EUPHA and its members highlighted the importance of political support and leadership for vaccination. Achieving a better understanding of political processes and the role they play in determining stances on vaccination policy, is an important avenue to help us communicate and better address genuine concerns as well as tackling organised purveyors of fake news. Further reflections by EUPHA and European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA) can be read in our joint statement on the European Vaccine Action Plan.

Another important agenda point at the 68th WHO Regional Committee for Europe was the advancing public health for sustainable development in the WHO European Region. EUPHA and 15 co-signatories called for investing in public health, not forgetting about mental health, and the need for multisectoral approaches.

The progress report on the ‘Action Plan to Strengthen the Use of Evidence, Information and Research for Policy-Making in the WHO European Region’ provides an overview of the implementation progress of the four action areas. EUPHA and its members expressed support for this Action Plan to strengthen the use of evidence. We see that this action plan can contribute to reducing health inequalities and improve the health status and well-being of individuals and populations within the European region. EUPHA and its members support the WHO Regional Office for Europe in leading this evidence-informed policy-making. We stress that scientific evidence should remain a key input to policy making in a ‘post truth’ world. In addition, we should also assemble evidence on the politics of decision making, as this will strengthen the position to advocate for health. In November 2018, EUPHA will support the publication of a supplement to the European Journal of Public Health on political landscapes and policies for public health.


30 August 2018

EUPHA publishes updated Facts and Fiction on e-cigs

Given the available evidence, EUPHA strongly supports the precautionary approach taken in the EU Tobacco Products Directive and in statements by WHO. It is not possible, at this point, to make any claims about the relative safety of e-cigs compared to traditional cigarettes. The overall effect may well be to worsen the tobacco epidemic first by deflecting smokers from using proven smoking cessation strategies and shifting them to e-cigs, which, for most smokers, reduce successful smoking cessation, and second by deflecting discussion from measures opposed by the tobacco industry. E-cigarettes are expanding the nicotine market by attracting youth who were at low risk of initiating nicotine use with conventional cigarettes, but many of whom are now moving on to those conventional cigarettes.  Even if they do not progress, promoting nicotine use to youth is bad public health policy.


9 July 2018

EUPHA responds to Public consultation on excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco and the possible taxation of novel products

EUPHA responded to the public consultation on excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco and the possible taxation of novel products. In the response the importance of public health is highlighted and the need to discourage the use of tobacco and novel products such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, including vaping and juuling. We invite our partners and members to also respond the this consultation.

23 May 2018

EUPHA president at annual conference of the Austrian Public Health Association

The Austrian Public Health Association (ÖGPH) held their annual conference 23 and 24 May 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The theme this year was 'Health in all Societies'. In the afternoon of the first conference day, EUPHA president, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, presented the European perspective on public health.

15 May 2018

EUPHA Statement on proposal for the next EU budget 2021-2027

On May 2nd, 2018, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, presented the proposal for the post-2020 European Union (EU) budget. We believe that European funding for (public) health remains as important as ever and are convinced that it has significant added value. Reflecting on the published proposal, we are pleased to see that the Health Programme will at least be partially continued, even if we are disappointed that the word ‘health’ is almost absent throughout the budget proposal. Read our statement for more reflections on the post-2020 budget proposal.


14 May 2018

EUPHA Statement on migration, ethnicity and health 

The EUPHA statement on migration, ethnicity and health is published concurrently with the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health that is held this week, 17-19 May 2018, in Edinburgh.

Migrants and ethnic minorities (MEM) often face serious inequities concerning both their state of health and their access to good quality health services. These inequities are increasingly being brought to light by public health researchers, but action to tackle them has lagged behind. To ensure that adequate attention is paid to the determinants of MEM health and the problems of service delivery that can confront these groups, health systems need to become more inclusive.


30 April 2018

EUPHA co-signes the UK Faculty of Public Health’s report on the ‘Do No Harm’ amendment 

EUPHA is a co-signatory of the Report stage briefing on Brexit, set up by the UK Faculty of Public Health. The UK Faculty of Public Health has proposed a ‘Do No Harm’ amendment to the Report on the EU (withdrawal) Bill, as they want to ensure that the UK continues to be bound by article 169 of the Lisbon Treaty, which reads “a high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all EU policies”. The ‘Do No Harm’ amendment has been signed by over 40 national organisations and two European organisations. ´The health of the public must remain of paramount importance to this and all future governments – maintaining and improving the public’s health, alongside protecting our nation and our economy must surely be the most important duties of any government.´ This Bill is where our constitutional stability and legal certainty will be determined. By voting in favour of the ‘Do No Harm’ amendment Peers have the opportunity to put the protection of the public’s health clearly at the heart of this and all future good governments. The ‘Do No Harm’ amendment would also be a fitting way to celebrate the NHS in its 70th year. For the statement, please click here.


27 April 2018

Statement by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) on the Sustainable Health Goals in the European region

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aspire to ‘leave no one behind’. These 17 goals are to be achieved by 2030. One of the goals (SDG 3) is dedicated to health i.e. ‘ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages’. In order to find out how Europe and European countries are doing, some 2,5 years after the adoption of the SDGs, we raise the question – how is Europe progressing towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals – or even better – how is Europe progressing towards what we might call the Sustainable Health Goals?


24 April 2018

EUPHA is proud to be a co-signer of the EU4Health statement prepared for the informal EPSCO of Health Ministers in the European Union

The vision for health in the EUropean Union: We believe that a Europe where all people are as healthy as they can be throughout their lives is possible. A Europe that promotes well-being for all people of all ages, and where people can live, work and age in sustainable and healthy environments. A Europe that supports timely access to affordable, high quality healthcare for all.
Our common asks from the European Commission: The Lisbon Strategy includes a target of adding two healthy life years on average across the EU by 2020 - a target that still needs to be met. We need strong political leadership from the European Commission to achieve this goal. This requires a Commission Vice-President and a Directorate General dedicated to health,to ensure that health protection and promotion is guaranteed across all European Commission portfolios. Strong leadership on health will resonate with European citizens1 and bring the EU closer to them, restoring people’s trust in the EU institutions. The Lisbon Strategy includes a target of adding two healthy life years on average across the EU by 2020 - a target that still needs to be met. We need strong political leadership from the European Commission to achieve this goal. This requires a Commission Vice-President and a Directorate General dedicated to health, to ensure that health protection and promotion is guaranteed across all European Commission portfolios. Strong leadership on health will resonate with European citizens1 and bring the EU closer to them, restoring people’s trust in the EU institutions.


18 April 2018

A short overview of the results of the EUPHA members’  questionnaire on threats to public health

A short overview of the results of the EUPHA members’  questionnaire of October 2016 are now available on this website. Members of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) were asked what they believe the major public health threats in Europe in the next decade will be. They were invited to identify the main public health issues that, in their opinion, could pose a threat to children and young persons (0-19 years), adults (20-60 years), and the elderly (60+ years). This allowed EUPHA to gain a better insight into future public health issues allowing us to advocate for a more effective and well-founded (re)distribution of resources for primary and secondary prevention. The results also clearly emphasize the importance of a European approach to public health, as many – if not all – of the listed threats can be targeted through supranational policy measures, exchange of good practices and sharing of knowledge of evidence-informed interventions.


17 April 2018

Statement of EUPHA President at WHO high-level meeting ‘Health Systems Respond to NCDs: Experience in the European Region’

On 16 April 2018 the EUPHA president, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, presented a statement at the high-level meeting of the World Health Organisation European Region ‘Health Systems Respond to NCDS: Experience of the European Region’, in Sitges Spain. At the plenary session ‘towards people-centred integrated services’ she talked about how we implement strategies to accelerate making health services more people centred and which challenges need to be overcome. Read her speech here.


17 April 2018

British American Tobacco replies

In March 2018 we wrote to British American Tobacco and Philip Morris, following court orders in the USA requiring them to issue corrective statements to inform the American public about how these companies had misled them for decades. BAT has now replied, rejecting our request. We publish its letter here. We make observations:

First, BAT makes no attempt to respond to the specific concerns that led to the US judgement, relating to misleading the public. It seems that we are to believe that, even if the tobacco industry sought to undermine the evidence on smoking-related harm and the addictive nature of nicotine in the USA, it did not do so in Europe.

Second, despite seeking recourse when possible to international trade agreements as it seeks to circumvent national laws on tobacco control, it relies on the territorial limitations of American jurisprudence to reject our request.

In both cases, our members can judge these arguments for themselves. Our view is that they provide more evidence on why, as set out in Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the tobacco industry and those it funds should always be excluded from discussions on any aspect of tobacco control.


27 March 2018

European Public Health Association asks British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International to take measures to tell truth about tobacco

In 2017 leading tobacco companies were required to tobacco companies publish corrective statement advertisements in the U.S.A. telling the American people the truth about their lethal products and related issues, including the adverse effects of smoking, the addictiveness of smoking and nicotine, lack of health benefits from products marketed as being less harmful than regular cigarettes, the true harms of second hand smoke, and their record in intentionally designing cigarettes to make them more addictive.

EUPHA believes that the citizens of Europe are equally entitled to be told these facts. Consequently, we have written to both British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International to ask them to take the same measures in Europe. Our letters are published below.


16 March 2018

Statement by the European Public Health Association on the Philip Morris International  "Foundation for a Smoke-free World"

In a paper in The Lancet medical journal, Dr Derek Yach, President of the Philip Morris International Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, expressed a wish to work with others to create a new cadre of tobacco control researchers. EUPHA recognises that, especially for those in countries where funding for health research may be limited, such an invitation from an organisation that will be spending $1 billion over the next 12 years may seem attractive. However, we join with many health organisations, including the World Health Organisation, to declare that we will not engage with or collaborate with the Philip Morris Foundation in any way and call upon all European public health organisations to do the same. Read the full statement here.


9 March 2018

Consultation for the next EU Research and Innovation Programme Statement on behalf of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) section ‘Health Workforce Research’

EUPHA and the EUPHA section on Health workforce research have reacted to the EU public consultation asking for input for the next EU Research and Innovation Programme. EUPHA proposes to develop a research-based vision on health workforce that is able to balance the interests of different Member States as well as the principle of a common market and free movement with the European Union and the national/regional need of a sufficient density of health professionals to provide universal healthcare coverage for all citizens. An integrated theory-driven program on health workforce research in the European research agenda adds value especially in the following areas: health workforce migration, conditions for an open health labour market, the investment in Europe-wide availability of both quantitative and qualitative data, and the coordination of health human resources models.


22 February 2018

Statement by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) on the European Union's (EU) Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) post 2020

On 22 February 2018, EUPHA submitted its response to the Public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market. This consultation on EU funds specifically concerns the area of public health, where EUPHA argues strongly that European funding remains necessary and has added value.


19 February 2018

EUPHA statement on proposal for a regulation on health technology assessment of the European Commission

EUPHA welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s “Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on health technology assessment and amending Directive 2011/24/EU”. Please click here for the statement.


29 January 2018

EUPHA publishes e-collection on vaccination

Today the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) is publishing its E-collection: ‘Facing the facts: challenges in vaccinating Europe’. This E-collection reflects on challenges in vaccination in the European region and includes a selection of scientific peer-reviewed articles recently published in the European Journal of Public Health. The E-collection is accompanied by an editorial written by the president of the EUPHA section on Infectious diseases control, Dr Aura Timen, and colleagues.


10 January 2018

EUPHA president speaks on keeping health at the core of the European agenda

During the 5th Annual scientific conference of the European Association of Personalised Medicine (EAPM) in June 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the EUPHA president, Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, was interviewed on the importance of keeping health at the core of the European agenda.
The interview can be found here.


13 December 2017

EUPHA fully supports the European Commission’s Roadmap to strengthen cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA), a network of national associations of public health, representing around 20’000 public health professionals, wholeheartedly welcomes the European Commission’s roadmap on vaccine preventable diseases. Vaccination is one of the most powerful and effective public health interventions known. It has saved millions of lives and brought huge benefits to public and individual health. As a direct result, many infections that used to affect the most vulnerable, including children, have disappeared or are extremely rare. Scientific evidence of the beneficial effect of vaccines is overwhelming; there is unequivocal evidence going back decades that vaccines have been one of the major drivers of the decreasing burden of infectious diseases. Yet we in Europe cannot be complacent. Vaccination coverage with MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) is already too low in several countries in Europe, leading to outbreaks of measles, with cases in children needing hospitalisation or even dying.  Everywhere, vaccine hesitancy threatens the achievement of sufficient vaccine coverage to protect populations from infections.


1 December 2017

EUPHA immediate past president reacts to Austrian discussions NOT to implement a general ban on smoking

Prof. Martin McKee, immediate past president of EUPHA, has reacted in the Austrian newspaper "Der Standard" to plans of the new coalition NOT to implement the general ban on smoking. Austria was, in 2015, one of the last European countries to decide to adopt a general ban on smoking, to be implemented in 2018. With the discussions of coalition partners to set up a new government, this general ban on smoking is back on the discussion table. McKee states: "the evidence on the huge advantages of a general ban on smoking cannot and should not be ignored".

Irland hat im März 2004 als erstes europäisches Land das Rauchen an öffentlichen Orten verboten. In den 13 Jahren, die seither vergangen sind, ist ein Land nach dem anderen dem irischen Beispiel gefolgt. Und nur wenige Länder haben sich der überwältigenden Beweislage verschlossen, mit der die Vorteile eines Rauchverbots belegt werden können. Eines davon war Österreich. Aber selbst Wien folgte im Jahr 2015 den anderen Ländern und beschloss für 2018 ein generelles Rauchverbot. Genau das wird nun in Zweifel gezogen, da die Parteien über eine neue Regierung verhandeln. Denn die FPÖ hat im Wahlkampf versprochen, das Verbot abzuschaffen. - hat im März 2004 als erstes europäisches Land das Rauchen an öffentlichen Orten verboten. In den 13 Jahren, die seither vergangen sind, ist ein Land nach dem anderen dem irischen Beispiel gefolgt. Und nur wenige Länder haben sich der überwältigenden Beweislage verschlossen, mit der die Vorteile eines Rauchverbots belegt werden können. Eines davon war Österreich. Aber selbst Wien folgte im Jahr 2015 den anderen Ländern und beschloss für 2018 ein generelles Rauchverbot. Genau das wird nun in Zweifel gezogen, da die Parteien über eine neue Regierung verhandeln. Denn die FPÖ hat im Wahlkampf versprochen, das Verbot abzuschaffen. -


28 November 2017

EUPHA publishes e-collection on alcohol

"Alcohol consumption, and with it the burden of alcohol-related disease, is higher in Europe than anywhere in the world" write the authors of the latest e-collection from European Journal of Public Health.

This fascinating e-collection includes a special introduction and was created as EUPHA's support to its Estonian member, the Estonian Health Promotion Union. During the second half of 2017, Estonia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Alcohol is a topic high on the agenda of the presidency and this e-collection serves as a robust evidence-base and valuable resource for public health researchers, advocates, and policy makers across Europe.


27 November 2017

‘I Pledge for a future EU Roma Framework which delivers’

EUPHA supports the statement by European Public Health Alliance - EPHA ‘I Pledge for a future EU Roma Framework which delivers’. The statement to the European Commission on the public consultation on the evaluation of the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies up to 2020.
Please click here for the statement.


30 October 2017 (updated on 22 January 2018)

EUPHA and Swedish Association for Social Medicine publish the Stockholm Declaration

The Stockholm Declaration on sustaining health and resilient communities is published at the Stockholm 2017 conference. This Declaration was set up by the European Public Health Association and the Swedish Association for Social Medicine and invites other NGOs to fully engage in collaboration across professions to promote sustainable and healthy communities throughout Europe and beyond.

If you are interested in joining the Stockholm Declaration, contact us at


14 October 2017

EUPHA immediate past president publishes on tobacco industry in The Lancet

Prof. Martin McKee, immediate past president of EUPHA, was one of the co-authors of a comment in The Lancet entitled: "Towards a smoke-free world? Philip Morris International’s new Foundation is not credible". The authors end their comment with a call for action: "Health organisations should continue to press for action and expose the aims and activities of the tobacco industry. Scientists should reject the siren songs of involvement in tobacco industry promotions. And the public should be aware that Big Tobacco remains as it was, the main cause of premature death and disability from the world’s most preventable pandemic." For more information, click here.


7 September 2017

Statement: Towards a sustainable workforce in the European region: a framework for action 

EUPHA has joined up with EHMA and ASPHER to produce a statement Towards a sustainable workforce in the European region: a framework for action, presented to the Regional Committee Meeting of WHO Europe in week 37, 2017, in Budapest, Hungary.


9 June 2017

Statement EUPHA, EuroHealthNet and EPHA on the continued need for public health research in Europe

On the 9th of June 2017, the EU’s Scientific Panel for Health is organising its second annual conference on: ‘Health research in a connected and participative society’. The European Public Health Association – EUPHA, EuroHealthNet and the European Public Health Alliance - EPHA, welcome this conference, and especially the priority it will give to participative and collaborative research. However, having read the programme, with its focus on health technology, digital innovation and health care, it risks missing an opportunity to promote research that could bring major benefits to the health of Europe’s citizens. Specifically, we are concerned that there is insufficient attention to public health research. Such research, seeking to develop population-level responses to the growing burden of diseases, and especially of multi-morbidity, can offer innovative means to prevent and protect health by tackling some of the major drivers of the overall burden of disease. Please click here for the full statement.


20 May 2017

EUPHA launches report on Healthy and Sustainable diets for European countries

Today, 20 May 2017 – European Obesity Day – EUPHA is proud to present its report on Healthy and Sustainable Diets for European Countries. This report – set up by a working group within the EUPHA section on Food and nutrition – calls for all European states to establish a statutory Sustainable Nutrition Task Force, that considers and includes the wider aspects of food.
Please click here for the press release.


29 March 2017

EUPHA comments on European Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe

EUPHA welcomes the Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe as an opportunity to reflect on the direction that the European Union might take in the coming years. EUPHA calls upon the EU institutions to ensure that public health and health systems research are given due importance in order to enable European solutions, informed by evidence, to assist policy making in these challenging times.

Read the full statement here


21 October 2016 (updated on 2 June 2017)

EUPHA and ÖGPH publish the Vienna Declaration reiterating their commitment to the principles of the Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion

EUPHA and ÖGPH have set up the Vienna Declaration to reiterate their commitment to the principles of the Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion, taking into account new and emerging threats to public health that have arisen in the three decades since the adoption of the Ottawa Charter. The Vienna Declaration calls on all parts of the public health community, in Europe and beyond, working at all levels, local, national, regional and global, to recognise the multi-tiered determinants of health and opportunities for action. 

Click here for the Vienna Declaration and the supporting organisations

How to support the Vienna Declaration

EUPHA and ȪGPH are actively looking for organisations to support the Vienna Declaration and acknowledge the Ottawa Charter. Please join us!

As an international/European NGO: 
As a national NGO/public health or health promotion institute:
Please send us an email (to stating your support and include your logo. We will include this in our list of supporting organisations.

Spread the Vienna Declaration: we invite you to distribute the Vienna Declaration within your networks.


27 October 2016

Public health groups call for EU target and action on serious road injuries

The European Union should urgently come forward with a new target and measures to cut serious road injuries, according to public health and medical experts from across Europe in a letter sent today to the president of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker.  

The full letter can be found here and has been coordinated by the European Public Health Alliance in cooperation with the European Transport Safety Council and is co-signed by EUPHA.


12 September 2016

EUPHA Statement on: 5(i) Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health - towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe – leaving no one behind
66th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

The European Public Health Association congratulates the WHO Regional Office for Europe on the development of the new Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health - towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe – leaving no one behind. The guiding principles of the Action plan are in line with our four pillars: research, policy, practice, training and education. We cannot invest in future generations while ignoring the sexual and reproductive health needs of all people – young and old, rich and poor.
Including sexual and reproductive health in the Agenda 2030 confirms the importance of this aspect of health. Public health activities in the European Region must create the conditions under which people can improve their health and wellbeing, as set out in this Action Plan.
EUPHA supports the vision, goals and objectives of the Action Plan, which are consistent with a public health approach to the entire spectrum of health and wellbeing and not only sexual and reproductive health.
EUPHA calls on European Member states to:

  • work towards achieving consensus so as to endorse without delay the Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health - towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe – leaving no one behind,
  • ensure broad cross-sectoral collaboration in its implementation.

EUPHA offers its full support for making the vision of the Action Plan a reality.


14 July 2016

EUPHA support UK public health following Brexit referendum

EUPHA wishes to express its solidarity with public health practitioners and researchers in the United Kingdom following the outcome on the Brexit referendum. EUPHA calls upon political leaders to ensure that during ensuing negotiations, safeguarding the health of citizens in the UK and in the rest of the European Union is considered as a priority. 

Read the statement here.


9 June 2016

Mexico Declaration for circulatory health

The Mexico Declaration is a historic circulatory health declaration that was signed by leading global organisations at the World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health 2016.

The Declaration, reproduced in full below, is a firm commitment to tackle cardiovascular disease (CVD), the world’s leading cause of premature death, recognizing that global action, national plans and a common vision are needed to achieve this.

EUPHA has co-signed a letter to the editor of the Times newspaper in the UK on 9 June 2016, adding further support to the Mexico Declaration. You can read the letter by clicking here.


31 May 2016

World No Tobacco Day -  We Care

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, and EUPHA and EUPHAnxt would like you to contribute to build a smoke-free world. 

To do so, we would like to ask you to talk at least to one smoker (a friend, a relative, or even a stranger) and: 

  • inform him/her how important he/she is for future society; and 
  • suggest him/her to stop smoking.

Spread the voice, we need your help!

You can check out the WHO website here.


22 May 2016

WFPHA General Assembly

EUPHA joined the WFPHA general assembly in Geneva on 22 May 2016.

In de picture from left to right:
Carlo Signorelli, Italian Society, Ildefonso Hernandez, Spanish Society, Bettina Borish, World Federation of Public Health Associations, Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA, Stefan Buttigieg, Maltese Association, Jorid Grimeland, Norwegian Association, Mika Gissler, Finnish Association


21 March 2016

EUPHA calls for the widespread adoption of sugar taxes in Europe

EUPHA enthusiastically welcomes the decision by the United Kingdom government to implement a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, adding to the welcome already expressed by our member organisation, the UK Faculty of Public Health. EUPHA calls upon European governments to follow the approach taken by the UK government, as part of a comprehensive strategy against obesity and encourages the European public health community to learn from those activists in Berkeley who were so successful in standing up to powerful vested interests.

Read the Press Release here. We encourage our member associations to distribute the press release in their own countries.


16 March 2016

EUPHA calls upon institutional investors to disinvest from the tobacco industry

The tobacco industry manufactures a product that will kill half of those who use it in the way that is intended. Many institutional investors continue to invest in the tobacco industry. EUPHA believes that such engagement with the tobacco industry is futile. We see no evidence that the industry has changed its ways. Following the success of Tobacco Free Portfolios in Australia, we call upon institutional investors in Europe to follow the lead of a growing number of investors in Australia and publically disinvest in this disreputable and ultimately doomed industry.

Read the Press Release here. We encourage our member associations to distribute the press release in their own countries.


27 January 2016

EUPHA joins European Health Information Initiative (EHII)

EUPHA has joined the Steering Group of the European Health Information Initiative (EHII). EHII is a multi-stakeholder WHO network aimed at creating an integrated, harmonized health information system for the entire European Region by fostering international cooperation.

EUPHA will be represented by the President of the EUPHA Section on Public Health Monitoring and Reporting, Dr Nicole Rosenkötter from the NRW Centre for Health in Germany. Other members of the EHII Steering Group are Member States, WHO-collaborating centres, multi-country information networks. In addition, the European Commission and OECD participate in the Steering Group. The Steering Group is chaired by Annemiek van Bolhuis, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands.

Click here for more information about EHII.


19 November 2015

Letter on EU Data Protection Regulation published in The Times

The letter signed by Martin McKee, President EUPHA, and more than one hundred European researchers on the Data Protection Regulation was published in The Times on Thursday 19 November. The letter is behind a pay wall, but it is also published in full here.

We invite our members  to share the letter with their relevant ministries and government institutions. Ask them to urge the European institutions to ensure that the Regulation strikes an appropriate balance that protects the interests of individuals while enabling research that benefits us all. 

The initiative has reached nearly 6,000 signatories on the public petition.


17 November 2015

EUPHA President Martin McKee reacts to the Paris attacks 

Martin McKee, EUPHA President, reacts to the Paris attacks of 13 November in his column for the European Journal of Public Health. Read the full column here (European Journal of Public Health, 2015, Vol 25, No. 6)


14 September 2015

EUPHA welcomes call by WHO EURO 

EUPHA welcomes the call by Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, for Europe to ensure that refugees can find safe, hospitable environments and access to high quality health care , free from discrimination. We again call upon the governments of Europe to make this a priority at this challenging time, working individually and together to find an enduring solution to the crisis that has affected so many vulnerable people.


28 August 2015

EUPHA concerned about TTIP negotiations

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) has previously noted its concerns about the secrecy surrounding negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This week, following a freedom of information request by the Corporate Europe Observatory, the European Commission published an almost completely redacted set of documents relating to its discussions with global tobacco companies. The story is reported in detail in the UK newspaper The Independent.

The European Commission argues that this redaction is necessary to protect its negotiating position. While there may be a case for withholding internal Commission documents, this argument is simply not credible in relation to correspondence with the tobacco industry.

EUPHA regards the Commission’s actions as unacceptable and calls for the full release of this correspondence as soon as possible.


31 July 2015

Climate change is a public health issue: Global Summit (COP21) Paris

EUPHA supported a petition of the French Public Health Association (SFSP) urging the French government to explicitly include health in the final negotiations and commitments of the Conference on Climate Change (COP21) which will be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015. Health professionals should take an active role in preparing society for these challenges as well as helping to tackle the consequences. The official COP21 agenda must therefore increase the focus on health challenges and increase the involvement of health professionals.

The petition of the SFSP can be downloaded here. Health colleagues in other countries are encouraged to lobby with their governments to include health consequences in their preparations for the Summit later this year.


28 July 2015

EUPHA President Martin McKee on the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean in the PHAME Newsletter

Resolving the crisis requires a coordinated process across governments, addressing both pull factors in migration, for example by investing in training for those without skills in the existing European population, thereby reducing the need for migration, but also the push factors, working with renewed vigour to achieve peace in war-torn countries.

Read the full article and Newsletter here.


12 May 2015

EUPHA welcomes OECD work for action to tackle the health consequences of heavy and overall alcohol consumption

EUPHA welcomes the work that OECD has done to assemble the evidence base for action to tackle the severe health consequences of alcohol. In particular it strongly endorses the call for a combination of policies addressing both individual heavy drinkers and the overall level of consumption in the population.

[Read the press release here]  


7 May 2015

EUPHA calls on European governments to do more to respond to the humanitarion crisis in the Mediterranean

EUPHA is calling upon European Governments to demonstrate leadership in committing to meaningful sustainable development aid since this is the only manner in which desperate mass migration can be addressed in the medium to long term. 

[Read the press release here


15 April 2015

EUPHA joins large-number of European-based health organisations to congratulate WHO EURO on developing a nutrient profile model for the purpose of restricting food marketing to children.


25 March 2015

EUPHA has concerns about the proposed EU Directive on Trade Secrets

EUPHA calls upon the JURI Committee to make major changes to the proposed directive along the lines proposed by the Corporate Europe Observatory, Medicines in Europe Forum, and the International Society of Drug Bulletins.


13 March 2015

EUPHA joins the UK Faculty of Public health in expressing concerns on the negative impact on health of the Translatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

The UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) are calling on the EU to oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and United States.

Professor Martin McKee, President of EUPHA, said: "TTIP will take the power to make decisions away from democratically elected politicians and put it in the hands of a mechanism that is beyond public scrutiny and outside the UK court system. EUPHA and FPH are calling on the European Union to put health before profit and reject TTIP. We need healthy communities for economic growth."


22 January 2015

EUPHA publishes EUPHActs 2015-1 expressing concerns about the rapid and uncontrollable uptake in 'vaping'


2 December 2014

EUPHA calls on European governments to move rapidly to implement standardised packaging for cigarettes

EUPHA believes that the case for introducing standardised packaging for cigarettes is now overwhelming and calls on Europe’s governments to implement it without delay as part of their tobacco control programmes.

[Read the press release here]


28 November 2014

EUPHA calls on Europe’s governments to do more to respond to the humanitarian and health crisis facing Ukraine

EUPHA calls on all European citizens to recognize the scale of the crisis on their doorstep and for their governments to act urgently in ways that reduce the massive toll of suffering.

[Read the press release here]


2 October 2014

EUPHA joins European health organisations in call on European Governments to reverse decision to move DG Health’s competence for medical products to DG Internal Market

To Heads of State and Government of the European Union Member States on Pharmaceutical Policy in the Public Interest

Brussels, 2 October 2014 - We are writing to support Member States who have already expressed their concerns [1] on the decision of European Commission President Elect Jean-Claude Juncker to move the competence for medicinal products and health technologies from the Commissioner in charge of Health to the Commissioner in charge of Internal Market and Industry within the new Commission. We would like to ask for your full support to have that decision reversed. [Read the full letter here]


18 September 2014

EUPHA shares concern on decision to decrease DG Health portfolio

EUPHA shares the widespread concern that has been voiced by civil society organisations at the decision to transfer responsibility for drugs policy and the European Medicines Agency back to the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, reversing the 2009 transfer of these responsibilities to the Directorate-General for Health. We regard this as an alarming and retrograde step with potentially profound implications for public health, quality of medicines, and the security of European citizens. EUPHA believes that these proposals are bad for health, bad for trust in politics, and bad for Europe.


10 September 2014

EUPHA welcomes new EU Commissioner for Health

EUPHA welcomes the nomination of Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis as the next European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. Dr Andriukaitis has a very distinguished career as a physician and politician and, as Lithuanian Health Minister, has been a powerful advocate for public health. EUPHA looks forward to working with him during his tenure in the Commission.


5 September 2014

EUPHA supports WHO evidence-based publication on electronic cigarettes

Press release: EUPHA strongly supports the evidence-based position taken by the World Health Organization (WHO) following publication of its report on electronic cigarettes. EUPHA shares the concerns expressed by the WHO about the safety of these products and endorses the WHO's call for regulations.


September 2014

EUPHActs 2014-1: Health monitoring and information


20 August 2014

EUPHA supports the joint WFPHA - AFPHA statement regarding the current Ebola situation

On 20 August, the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and the African Federation of Public Health Associations (AFPHA) issued a joint statement regarding the current Ebola situation emphasizing the need to mobilize public health resources and revitalize primary health care for a sustainable response to the public health emergencies. EUPHA is fully supporting this call for action.


5 August 2014

Letter to Elsevier re: Gaza letter in The Lancet by Dr Richard Horton

Dear Sirs,

I write as President of the European Public Health Association, representing over 17,000 public health professionals across Europe. We understand that a complaint has been made against Dr Richard Horton in respect of a letter he recently published in the Lancet on the situation in Gaza. I write on behalf of the association to offer our full support for Dr Horton. We do not take a collective view, as an association, on the situation in Israel and Gaza. However, we are very concerned at any threat to Dr Horton who, in our view, has led the Lancet to a position where it is now the most respected international medical journal and the premier forum for discussions on global health. We know Dr Horton to be someone of the highest integrity, committed to the welfare of humanity. We note that the Lancet has published online many responses to the letter in question, many of which take a contrary view, something we regard as prima facie evidence of balance. To lose him would, in our view, cause the Lancet inestimable damage as it would signify that the publishers were giving in to what, in our view, is an entirely unjustified attack on editorial freedom.

Yours faithfully
Walter Ricciardi
President, EUPHA


20 March 2014

EUPHA supports manifesto: From public to planetary health

In a recent commentary in the Lancet (8 March 2014), several renowned public health researchers – including our President-elect – call for a social movement to support collective public health action at all levels of society – personal, community, national, regional, global and planetary. “The role of public health professionals as the independent conscience of planetary health fits perfectly within the future strategy of EUPHA, where investing in a future generation of connected and engaged public health professionals is one of the priorities”, says Walter Ricciardi, EUPHA President.


27 February 2014

EUPHA Press Release: EU Tobacco Products Directive, accepted but more to be done!



EUPHA Factsheet on the EU Data Protection Regulation (18 December 2013) 

EUPHA's response to the Report by the European Parliament's Committee on the proposal for the EU Data Protection Regulation (21 February 2013)



Joint statement EUPHA/IEA/ISEE on Horizon 2020, the European Commission's Research Programme for the period 2014-2020.

Comment in The Lancet by EUPHA and other European public health organisations and networks (The Lancet, 18 March 2013)