UPDATED – Draft Council Conclusions on A New EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work: Enhancing the implementation of Occupational Safety and Health in the EU

Update: the initial Presidency proposal has been updated, with a view to the meeting of the Social Questions Working Party on 21 November 2019.

Agenda: Working Party on Social Questions (21 November 2019)

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Press Release: AAL Programme – Launch of the Smart Ageing Prize

The Active and Assisted Living (AAL) Programme has launched a European-wide bi-annual competition, called the Smart Ageing Prize. This 50,000 EUR challenge prize is seeking solutions that support, empower and inspire older adults to engage in entrepreneurship, for example through the creation of intergenerational teams and skills-sharing, or digital solutions to help bring to life the entrepreneurial ideas and energy of the 60+ age group.

Stakeholder Press Release: Marseille statement: Building bridges for solidarity in public health

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At a Glance: Study in Focus on EU Public Health Policies – State of play, current and future challenges

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UPDATED – Draft Council Conclusions on “The key role of lifelong learning policies in empowering societies to address the technological and green transition in support of inclusive and sustainable growth”

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OPP Meeting Summary: Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council – Lifelong learning policies (8 November 2019)

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UPDATED – Draft conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council on safeguarding children in sport

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Press Release: Have your say on the future of the Active and Assisted Living Programme

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of the Council Recommendation on promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors

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Agenda: WHO Europe Experts Meeting on Dietary Patterns for Health and Sustainability in the WHO European Region (31 October – 1 November 2019)

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Stakeholder press release: MHE’s response and recommendations on the Council conclusions on the Economy of Well-being

By Mental Health Europe

On 24 October, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) adopted the Council conclusions on the Economy of Well-being. These conclusions are a part of the commitment of the Finnish Presidency to the Council of the European Union (EU) to put the economy of well-being at the centre of all policies.

Press Release: EU cities – the young and the old

In the European Union (EU), the young-age dependency ratio stood at 35% in 2017. In other words, there was on average one young person (aged 19 or less) for three people of working age. The old-age dependency ratio was a little lower (33%), representing the ratio of the number of elderly people (aged 65 and over) compared to the number of people of working age.

At city level, Brussels is the youngest capital city in the EU with a young-age dependency ratio of over 40%, closely followed by Paris and Dublin (39%). In contrast, Lisbon, with an old-age-dependency ratio of over 41%, is the capital city with oldest citizens, ahead of Rome (36%) and Valletta (34%).

On the occasion of World Cities Day, we take a look at the demographic diversity in cities of the EU.

Event: European Conference on Tobacco or Health (Berlin, 19-22 February 2020)

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Event: 1st NCD Youth Conference (Portorož, Slovenia, 6-9 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (24 October 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Social Questions (7 November 2019)

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Press Release: EU Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs discussed Economy of Wellbeing and skills needed in the changing labour market

The topics for the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council in Luxembourg on 24 October 2019 included the economy of wellbeing and workers’ skills in the changing labour market. This was the second EPSCO Council meeting during the Finnish Presidency.

OPP Meeting Summary: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council – Economy of wellbeing (24 October 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available

OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – High-level UN political declaration on Universal Health Coverage (23 October 2019)

A summary of the Commission and Council statements and reactions from the political groups is now available.

Event: Breakfast debate on an holistic approach of health policy (Brussels, 18 November 2019)

Two years ago, the Tartu call was launched at EU level to strengthen cooperation between various stakeholders on an holistic approach to promote healthy lifestyles. This commitment is going forward with its renewal in June 2019. Going beyond traditional route, the Tartu call claims for further cooperation across the health, sports, education and nutrition angles. It also innovates while inviting the civil society and private sector to contribute to such a challenge.

The next Policies and Practices’ session will focus on: The role of a whole range of stakeholders while displaying a common public action towards healthy lifestyles and the importance to build up a joint action on the field of health promotion; The presentation of some PPPs good practices in this field.

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