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Enough : Now is the Time for EU Action on NCDs

In light of the United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), which will take place on 27 September in New York, the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) are launching today a set of recommendations with achievable steps to advance action on the prevention and control of NCDs in Europe.
The recommendations are addressed to the European Union Institutions, and drawn to the attention of Austria which will hold the EU Council Presidency as of July 2018, and the Italian Government in its capacity as co-facilitator of the UN High-Level Meeting.
“The prevalence of preventable chronic diseases is unacceptably high in Europe while we have solid evidence on the benefits of prevention and on how prevention can be applied efficiently. We now need political will to act from Governments and leadership from the EU — not only to support Member States but also to implement EU-wide measures where it has the competency to do so”. Prof. Em. Raymond Vanholder, Chairman, ECDA
“The EU is lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to policies to protect and improve our health. There is much more European governments and EU institutions can do, starting with living up to the aspirations of leadership for health, by sending Heads of State and Government to the UN High level meeting in September. Italy, as a co-facilitator of the meeting, has a leading role as well as Austria, as the EU Presidency. NGOs will be watching closely to see if the governments of both countries put people’s health ahead of vested commercial interests.” Nina Renshaw, Secretary General, EPHA
Read the full paper here.

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