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What is the significance of illiberal Viktor Orbán’s victory for Hungary? How will the results impact the institutional renewal in the EU? What changes can be expected in Hungary during the local governments elections later this year? This time we have voted more One year after the April 2018 national elections, the European elections were… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

I had the honour to contribute with the following editorial to the May Newsletter of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) dedicated to ‘tobacco and trade‘. On 31st May, we celebrate the World Health Organization (WHO) initiated World No Tobacco Day which this year focuses on tobacco and lung health. While the health-harmful nature of… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Following my first event building public health capacity in Hungary in October 2012, an event about trans-fats organised by the Hungarian Permanent representation, supported by us in Brussels in April 2016 and a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) focused visit to Hungary in October 2016, this time I am joining forces with the Hungarian Alliance… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Both Europe and Hungary were surprised one week ago by witnessing the third, landslide victory of Viktor Orbán, with unexpectedly high participation, resulting a consitutional supermajority. Were the elections fair and democratic? Is the Hungarian illiberalism democracy or dictatorship? What are the cornerstones of the Orbán regime? What about the weak opposition? What are the… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

In the context of shaping the Future of Europe, the health community can bring the Wind of Change to the EU institutional renewal process by making the case for the added value of EU action on air pollution at European, national and local level, by pointing out the health benefits. Why is air pollution the… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

The EU’s budget line for EU health action (‘the Health programme’) will be either dismantled and mashed into the ‘soup’ of the Single Market with other ingredients such as food safety, animal, and plant health or will remain a stand-alone programme which would be actually better for citizens. Here is why. Cooking a healthy EU… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

It is astonishing that even the current, ‘doing less’ Commission which believes in no regulation and self-regulation, decided to act on countries breaching the air pollution standards. But is it enough to make a difference? How many scandals do we need until policy action on air quality is being seriously considered? Air pollution infrigements on… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Following the White paper of the Future of the European Union, the European Commission plans to make its proposal for the next, 7 year Multiannual Financial Framework in May 2018 with the aim of having an agreed budget before the EU elections in 2019. While the European Commission discussed with high level speakers the different… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

High medicine prices is a key public health challenge in Europe and Trade policy – an exclusive EU competence can improve or exacerbate the situation. Free Trade and Investment agreements can make easier or harder for European governments to change existing policies to curb the costs of pharmaceuticals. Following a civil society dialogue meeting with… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

State of the Union and Health

Genval, 13th September 2017. – Despite the specific demand of civil society to prioritise health and the call of more than 70 MEPs, health did not make it to be mentioned by President Juncker in the State of the Union speech. He expressed himself strongly on equality of opportunities and mentioned that children in Romania… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

(Author: George Thurley, Policy Officer Healthy Trade and Food, Drink and Agriculture at EPHA) Diet is the foremost risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs): the average European consumes too much sugar, too much saturated fat, and too much salt. The share of people who are overweight or obese has steadily increased between 2010 and 2014… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Health is a Big Thing!

Genval, 6th June 2017. – The European Integration is at crossroads, the EU is suffering from many crises, its legitimacy is questioned by populist forces and in order to respond to that what is the best idea President Juncker and his team could come up with? Bingo! Scrap the tiny health programme to alienate even… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

Genval, 14th April 2017 – Harassment of independent and critical NGOs, attempt to close the Central European University, mass anti-European campaign called ‘Let’s stop Brussels!’, violating Human Rights of Asylum seekers and antigypsyism resulting segregated education are the recent scandals in Hungary. If you look at them one-by-one and together, they can be considered as… » read more

  Posted by Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

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