• Smart CAP is triple win for economy, environment and health

  • February 02nd 2018
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    EHN, EPHA and Freshfel Europe ask Commissioner Hogan for concrete mechanisms to support the future CAP’s objective of healthy sustainable diets to achieve a triple win for economy, environment and health

    The European Heart Network (EHN), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and Freshfel Europe have today written to European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan asking for concrete mechanisms and sufficient budget to support the European Commission’s Communication on The Future of Food and Farming’s prominent objective of healthy sustainable diets. In the letter, the three organisations affirm that through a smartly designed future CAP, the EU can address its citizens’ concerns and achieve a triple win for economy, environment and health.

    Representing the European fresh produce industry, as well as NGOs, foundations and groups working to prevent and reduce cardiovascular diseases and give a voice to public health in Europe, the three organisations have called on Commissioner Hogan to ensure that the future CAP has a positive impact on promoting healthier nutrition to EU citizens through sustainable agricultural production. The letter proposes that as the Commission’s Communication on The Future of Food and Farming has clear intentions to include health and nutrition considerations in the future CAP’s regulatory framework, “the EU can only go forward with a CAP that has healthy sustainable diets as a prominent objective” where these intentions are “translated into concrete mechanisms with sufficient budgets”.

    Significantly, the letter to Commissioner Hogan refers to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which the EU has adopted, including the goal to reduce by one third premature mortality from chronic diseases and promote mental health and well-being by 2030. The three organisations state that, “what and how we produce and promote food is decisive to achieve this goal as many of the major chronic diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, are diet related”. Currently chronic diseases impose a high cost to the EU economy – the OECD estimates a cost of at least EUR 115 billion. Yet despite the WHO recommendation for a minimum daily intake of 400g per capita of fruits and vegetables per day, and the EU promotion policy and EU school fruit and vegetable scheme, the average consumption level of fresh fruit and vegetables in most Member States is under 400g.

    EHN, Freshfel Europe and EPHA affirm that by helping EU citizens shift towards a higher level of consumption of plant-based foods, the CAP can help achieve the uptake of healthy sustainable diets across all Member States. This would benefit at the same time the EU economy, address the EU’s environmental challenges and promote health.

  • EHN statement on the future of food and farming

  • November 29th 2017
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    Please click here for the EHN statement on the future of food and farming.


  • Joint statement on simplified front-of-pack nutrition labelling

  • November 29th 2017
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    Please click here for a joint statement by BEUC, EHN and EPHA on simplified front-of-pack nutrition labelling.

  • Transforming European food and drink policies

  • September 29th 2017
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    Despite considerable progress in tackling cardiovascular disease (CVD), it remains the leading cause of death and a major cause of illness and disability for men and women in Europe. Dietary risks are responsible for around half of the death and disability caused by CVD and may cost the economy of the European Union economy €102 billion a year.

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  • EHN support for Romania legislation on trans fats

  • September 14th 2017
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    Please click here for the EHN statement of support for the introduction of a legislative limit on trans fats in Romania.

  • Big Data for Better Hearts

  • July 07th 2017
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    BigData@Heart project is breaking new ground in the development of treatment for millions of patients with heart disease in Europe.

    The objective of BigData@Heart is to develop a data-driven translational research platform of unparalleled scale and phenotypical resolution, with the aim to improve patient outcomes and reduce the societal burden of atrial fibrillation, heart failure and acute coronary syndrome.

    The 19 partners of the BigData@Heart consortium, coming from academia, medical associations, the pharmaceutical industry, SMEs and patient organisations are:


    • University Medical Center Utrecht
    • Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
    • European Society of Cardiology
    • European Heart Network
    • University College London
    • University of Cambridge
    • International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement
    • Fundación para la investigación del Hospital Clinico de la Comunidad Valenciana
    • Karolinska Institutet
    • Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
    • MLC Foundation
    • University of Birmingham
    • Uppsala Clinical Research Center, Uppsala University
    • BAYER
    • SomaLogic
    • Vifor Pharma
    • The Hyve


    Please click here for the BigData@Heart press release on this project. 


  • Air pollution and cardiovascular diseases

  • July 04th 2017
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    In July 2017 EHN adopted a position paper on Air pollution and cardiovascular diseases.  The aim of this paper is to provide information about the impact of air pollution on cardiovascular health; when we refer to air pollution, this is outdoor air pollution unless otherwise indicated.  The paper presents recommendations to policy makers for action to reduce exposure to this risk factor

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  • Open Letter to Ministers on AVMSD

  • May 22nd 2017
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    EHN has co-signed a joint open letter to Ministers presenting suggestions to the ongoing negotiations on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) relating to commercial communications.

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  • Call for urgent adoption of nutrient profiles

  • May 15th 2017
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    Today three health and consumer organisations (including EHN) together with five food companies call for the urgent adoption of nutrient profiles in the context of the EU regulation on nutrition and health claims made on foods (Regulation EC 1924/2006). The nutrient profiles should have been proposed by the European Commission in January 2009 - no proposal has been forthcoming as of May 2017.

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