Zoltán Massay-Kosubek

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Tobacco, a weapon of mass destruction. The most significant, avoidable health harmful product – which will kill you if you use it as it is intended, is still responsible for 7 million deaths worldwide (as much as air pollution) – and 700.000 in Europe. Since I stopped active campaigning in 2014 on tobacco until when… » read more

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7 Health actions to make a difference – Open Letter to the new Commission President-elect Brussels, 25th June 2019 Subject: Suggesting 7 actions to your next five years plan to re-launch Europe by improving health Dear Commission President Elect, By the time of writing this, it is not known to whom that letter will be… » read more

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Myth No.1 is that health is a national competence in the EU. This is not only a defensive and counterproductive statement but also legally and factually untrue: there are many policies, projects and initiatives, linking health relevant local, regional, national policies with European policies. The Economic Governance and the European Commission assessing national healthcare policies… » read more

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Yesterday, I gave support to a new initiative, dedicating a week to public health in Europe. Today this initiative shifts its focus on healthy environment so I am exploring why air pollution does matter for me, as a public health advocate. I'm glad to join the @EUPHActs #EuropeanPublicHealthWeek – watch my supporting video #EUPHW statement… » read more

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2018 was a crucial year for the public health campaign to improve European air quality, with the devastating health impact of air pollution dominating to a large extent the public debate. As well as the ongoing fitness check of European air quality legislation, new EU-level standards have been negotiated to limit not only CO2 emissions… » read more

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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 (MFF) 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 including… » read more

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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

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Genval, 18th December 2016 – According to the tiny human health case studies of an independent impact assessment, TTIP will not harm our health at all. I am wondering: how can an independent assessment come to that conclusion? According to the authors of the study, its impact on the trade of unhealthy commodities (alcohol, tobacco,… » read more

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(author – Adolfo Costantini) Rome, 2 May 2016. – The recent leak of confidential Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) documents by Greenpeace did not cover the planned Sustainable Chapter and it is worth to reflect upon if increased transparency will help making Trade agreements sustainable. The adoption of Sustainable Development Goals in New York… » read more

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Genval, 30 March, 2016. – Disclaimer: This is the English translation of an interview made by Mihail Călin and originally published on 25 September 2015. The authentic Romanian version is available at the euro-health.ro News/Media website. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the EU are surrounded by fierce controversy… » read more

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Genval, 8th March 2016. – The European Parliament is about to vote tomorrow on a tobacco agreement between the EU and Philipp Morris International (PMI) and it is at least questionable that the EU’s intention is legal, ethical or politically correct. At the same bed with the ennemy? From a legal point of view, according… » read more

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