Don't pass the salt! ECDA position paper on the need for EU action to help Europeans reduce excessive salt intake

The ECDA supports the EU’s efforts to reduce Europeans’ salt consumption, but insists on the need for a more rigorous and concerted action plan which engages stakeholders and the public in salt reduction initiatives, and is bolstered by regulatory measures to stimulate the reformulation of food, provide clear and meaningful information to consumers and is followed up by an adequate monitoring system of salt intake.

Reducing salt intake from the present norm of 8-12 grams toward the recommended level of 5 grams per day would significantly improve public health by preventing many chronic diseases, thereby reducing mortality and saving healthcare costs.

Click here to download the document (revised version September 2017).


Don’t bottle out – why the EU needs a comprehensive alcohol strategy

The harmful and hazardous use of alcohol has a major impact on public health as it leads to over 60 chronic diseases. It also generates outstanding healthcare and social costs related to the treatment of alcohol-related diseases, public order, labour and productivity. The ECDA encourages the EU to take comprehensive action to help Europeans reduce their alcohol consumption. Click here to download the paper (revised version September 2017)


The good, the bad and the ugly – why the EU should eliminate industrially produced trans fats

European Chronic Disease Alliance position on the need for EU regulation to set upper limits for industrially produced trans fats. Considering the substantial evidence on the negative impact of TFAs on human health, ECDA recommends that the European Commission adopts a proposal for an EU-wide regulation to virtually eliminate industrially produced TFAs in food products marketed in the EU no later than 2018.

Click here to download the document (revised version September 2017).


Particulates Matter: why the EU must do more to tackle air pollution

While some progress is being made, the reality remains that the majority of EU citizens are exposed to air pollution levels which are actively harmful to their health. In this context, the ECDA has issued a revised position paper with further information on the link between air pollution and ill health, and policy recommendations for change. Click here to read the paper (revised version September 2017).


“Move it - some is better than none”: Stepping up initiatives to increase physical activity in Europe

In the context of the European Week of Sport 2017, ECDA has issued a position paper on physical inactivity, which provides important information on the links between health and regular physical activity, and encourages Member States and the European Commission to step up initiatives to increase physical activity in Europe, taking further steps by 2020 to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 of reducing by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 2030. Click here to read the paper.


“Move it - some is better than none”: Stepping up initiatives to increase physical activity in Europe

In the context of the European Week of Sport 2017, ECDA has issued a position paper on physical inactivity, which provides important information on the links between health and regular physical activity, and encourages Member States and the European Commission to step up initiatives to increase physical activity in Europe, taking further steps by 2020 to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 of reducing by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 2030. Click here to read the paper.