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EUPHA Brussels Gazette - July 2021


We meant to remind you that if you are organising activities , you can send us an email and give us some details so we can share the information in our monthly newsletter (send out at the end of each month) under 'EUPHA members'. This newsletter also exists to share your work, but we cannot follow everyone's activities so please, do not hesitate to be in touch.

Wishing you pleasant reading.

Marie Guichardon, EUPHA Policy officer.




If you wish to learn more about any of the above listed events/meetings, you may contact me at


The European Parliament

European Health Union: better disease prevention and cross-border cooperation
The legislative proposal to strengthen the EU’s crisis prevention, preparedness and response when addressing future serious cross-border health threats was adopted with 594 votes in favour, 85 against and 16 abstentions.

Boosting the EU's capacity to anticipate and response to health crises
At this meeting, MEPs called for stregthened member states' cooperation, for more transparency in EU procurement and purchase agreement, and for a one-health multi-sectoral approach.

Boosting the European Union's defences against cross-border health threats

On 11 November 2020, the European Commission adopted a proposal on serious cross-border threats to health. The proposed regulation aims to strengthen existing structures and mechanisms for better protection, prevention, preparedness and response against all health hazards at EU level. The European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted its report on 13 July 2021.

The new political season starts with the State of the European Union debate when MEPs will question Commission President Ursula von der Leyen about the Commission’s work over the past year and the main priorities and challenges for the coming 12 months. The debate takes place in Strasbourg 15 September. With regards to public health, Parliament has established its negotiating position on reinforcing the mandate of the European Medicines Agency and will be ready in September with its position on two more files: the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and improving preparedness for cross-border threats to health. Then MEPs will hold talks with EU governments to negotiate agreements.

Slovenian Presidency debriefs EP committes on priorities
Ministers outlined the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings.
On 12 July, Health Minister Janez Poklukar told the Environment, Public Health and Food Security (ENVI) Committee that the presidency would promote the implementation of innovative solutions for resilient health systems and EU level cooperation. Two of the main priorities for the presidency are reducing health inequality and advancing towards a fully-fledged Health Union.

Mental health and the pandemic
This briefing addresses the effects of the pandemi over mental health, highlights EU actions and stakeholders views.






Public consultations

Throughout the year, the European Commission opens public consultations on various topics. Some of them are directly labelled as ‘Public Health’ topics, while others focus for example on market regulations (e.g. pharmaceuticals) or on social affairs and have a direct influence on populations’ health (e.g. migrant smuggling). EUPHA is responding to many of these public consultations (see below). EUPHA’s responses are published publicly and are available upon request.
We invite you, public health professionals, to speak up, and reply to these consultations as well. The EUPHA office can assist with organising your reply (write to

Current public consultations that are relevant to public health, in closest deadline order:

Revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive – Proposal for a directive – Step 2/3 – Public consultation – Online questionnaire. Deadline: 21/07/2021.

Food labelling - revision of rules on information provided to consumers for alcoholic beverages - Proposal for a regulation - Step 1/3 - Open feedback. Deadline: 22/07/2021

Digital health data and services – the European health data space – Proposal for a regulation – Step 2/3 –Online questionnaire. Deadline: 26/07/2021

Cross-border healthcare – evaluation of patients’ rights - Report - Step 2/3 - Online questionnaire. Deadline: 27/07/2021

Medicines for children & rare diseases – updated rules – Proposal for a regulation - Step 2/3 – Online questionnaire. Deadline: 30/07/2021.


Click here for a full overview of current public consultations 


EU4Health Civil Society Alliance

July was a busy month in Brussels, the last run before the summer break.

Wemos, the Dutch NGO with whom EUPHA wrote a the statement 'sharing of rights, know-how and technology to maximise COVID-19 vaccine production', joined the Eu4Health CSA. We are glad to have them on our side, as synergies and cooperation are key elements of our success in achieving better health for all in the European region.

On July 30th, the CSA, via the voice of EPHA, EPF, Alzheimer Europe, had a meeting with Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and Matthew Hudson.


Other news

Wemos, the Dutch

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) summarised the evidence on how per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals affect women, pregnancy and human development. HEAL and other health actors call for urgent action to phase them out.
Have a look at the infographic
Read the fact sheet

The European Commission has adopted its main work plan for 2021-2022. This plan agrees to invest invest €14.7 billion from Horizon Europe for a healthier, greener and more digital Europe. Read the document on the WP for health.

The 2021 Work Programme of EU4Health has been adopted. It will provide €312 million for crisis preparedness, disease prevention, health systems and the healthcare workforce, and digitalisation. Funded projects will cover disease surveillance, preventing shortages of medicines, prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, stronger European Reference Networks for rare diseases, testing the resilience of health systems, and preparing a European Health Data Space, amongst others.
Find the full list of calls here

Vote for EUPHA's thematic network proposal on the EU Health Policy Platform!
In June, the EU Health Policy Platform of the European Commission invited organisations to submit proposals for new thematic networks. These temporary networks are set up to produce a joint statement within a year's time in a health policy area of high interest. EUPHA and the EUPHA Migrant and ethnic minority section submitted a proposal focusing on the impact of the coronavirus on disadvantaged migrants and ethnic minorities.
Our proposal is among the five shortlisted, but only the three that have the most votes will officially turn into a thematic network that will then connect stakeholders and inform the Commission.
This is why we are inviting you to register on the EU Health Policy Platform, and to vote for our proposal!

What you can do

  1. Register in the EU Health Policy Platform following this link:
  2. Create/use your EU login and fill in the registration form. You will only be able to vote if your organisation has a transparency number. If you are unsure it has one, you can check the register here.
  3. Once you receive the confirmation email, and only then, you will be able to access the poll and vote.

Do not hesitate to contact us is you need assistance. Thank you for your support!


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