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European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) EP2014

EPHA is a change agent – Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health. We are a dynamic member-led non-profit association registered in Belgium. EPHA is made up of public health NGOs, patient groups, health professionals, and disease groups working together to improve health and strengthen the voice of public health in Europe. EPHA is a member of, among others, the Social Platform, the European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium (EPHAC), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), and the EU Civil Society Contact Group.

EPHA introduce their EP2014 election materials with this statement: ‘The last five years have been difficult for many people living in Europe. Unemployment, cuts to social support, lack of access to finance and the impacts of austerity have taken their toll on people, their health and their faith in the political processes and even democracy. In its Manifesto for the European Parliament elections, the European Public Health Alliance calls on political parties and individual Members of the European Parliament (MEP) candidates to ensure that health and well-being in Europe are ranked as high as they are valued.’

 

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EPHA continues saying:

Quote: ‘The 2014-2019 legislative term presents the opportunity for the European Parliament to repeat its commitment to the well-being and health of people living in Europe by pushing these priorities up the political agenda. As we have seen, the European project has been under threat, but bringing the activities of the European Union in line with the priorities of its people is essential for both a democratically accountable Europe, as well as one that genuinely builds an economy which serves its people and the environment they live in.

We need strong leadership and a strong vision to reconnect European citizens to decision-making processes in the EU. Health, including mental health, is consistently identified among top areas of concern for European populations: to demonstrate the relevance of the EU to its citizens, Europe must deliver on the issues that matter to citizens, and not just to markets.’

This is EPHA’s EP2014 page: http://www.epha.org/a/5962

 

Age Platform Europe’s Manifesto EP2014

AGE Platform Europe is governed by the General Assembly composed of all AGE’s members, and by its elected representatives meeting in an Executive Committee and a Council of Administration.

The European Parliament is working on a broad range of issues concerning older people, such as pensions, health, transport or ICT, and the committees are working and voting on reports and opinions regularly.

Ahead of the elections of the European Parliament in May 2014, AGE is running a campaign to raise awareness of the need to take effective overarching measures to promote age-friendly environments at EU level and mobilize seniors’ organisations across Europe to get actively involved in those elections at national levels.

To this end, AGE has drafted a Manifesto for the European Parliament elections 2014 which was officially launched at a European Parliament eventhosted by MEP Claude Moraes on 5 November 2013. AGE EP Manifesto proposes a series of actions in the fields of non-discrimination, social protection, health, accessibility, employment, research and the fight against elder abuse with a view to create an Age-Friendly European Union.

AGE has also launched a blog ‘Towards an Age-friendly European Parliament (towardsanagefriendlyep.com) to support the campaign. This blog aims at becoming a hub on AGE campaign, presenting in greater details AGE Manifesto, gathering commitments from candidate MEPs, testimonies from older Europeans, training material on EU citizenship and news from all over Europe about on-going campaigns for the elections. This blog will serve as an interactive and comprehensive tool to discuss and share information on issues of concern for older persons in Europe.

AGE Platform Europe calls on the candidate MEPs to look to creating an Age-Friendly European Union through ensuring that EU policies and initiatives will:

1- Promote equal opportunities and the realisation of human rights for all
2- Guarantee the adequacy, fairness and sustainability of Europe’s social and health protection systems
3- Ensure universal access to goods and services, in particular to the built environment, ICT, mobility and public services
4- Support the right to grow and age in good mental and physical health
5- Create age-friendly labour markets and economy
6- Involve older persons in all policy and research processes that concern them
7- Protect the right for all to live and die in dignity