Joint stakeholder statement on the employment of people with chronic diseases

ECDA is coordinating the production of a joint stakeholder statement on the employment of people with chronic diseases, via a thematic network on the EU Health Policy Platform.

The present initiative aims to enhance a collaborative work by interested EU organisations from the health, social or employment sector to share their perspective on the current situation for people with chronic diseases on the employment market and underlying issues with EU policy-makers and provide policy recommendations for change.

Involvement can take the form of drafting part of the statement, or providing input and adding to the paragraphs produced by other stakeholders.

The paper aims to be a living document until a final version is agreed upon in late October 2017.

Organisations interested in partnering with the ECDA in this work can join the thematic network on the EU Health Policy Platform, or email at 

14 Health NGOs ask MEPs in the CULT committee to reduce child exposure to unhealthy foods and alcohol

On the 10th of April, 14 EU health organisations wrote an open letter to the members of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education, in light of the committee's draft report on the European Commission's proposal to revise the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

The proposal includes provisions governing commercial communications for foods high in fat, sugar, and salt (HFSS food) and alcoholic beverages to children and minors.

However, the Committee's draft report weakens the provisions, proposing in particular to delete the one article that explicitly addresses the marketing of HFSS food.

The full open letter is available here.