Policy papers


    05/2017 ECDA Statement on World No Tobacco Day

    On World No Tobacco Day, the ECDA calls for sustained efforts to enhance a smoke-free environment. This is an essential prerequisite if we are to get serious about protecting Europe's citizens from chronic diseases caused by tobacco smoking and generate savings for our economies. Read the full ECDA statement here.

    10/2015 Particulates Matter: why the EU must do more to tackle air pollution

    In anticipation of the imminent vote on the National Emission Ceilings Directive,  ECDA has issued a position paper which provides important information on the link between air pollution and ill health. Click here to read the paper.

    4/2015 The good, the bad and the ugly – why the EU should eliminate industrially produced trans fats

    European Chronic Disease Alliance position on the need for EU regulation to set upper limits for industrially produced trans fats.

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    3/2015 European Chronic Disease Alliance position on the need for EU action to help Europeans reduce alcohol consumption
    Don’t bottle out – why the EU needs a comprehensive alcohol strategy

    The harmful and hazardous use of alcohol has a major impact on public health as it leads to over 60 chronic diseases. It also generates outstanding healthcare and social costs related to the treatment of alcohol-related diseases, public order, labour and productivity. The ECDA calls on the EU to take comprehensive action to help Europeans reduce their alcohol consumption without any further delay. Click here to download the paper.

    2/2015 - ECDA position paper on the need for EU action to help Europeans reduce excessive salt intake

    Don't pass the salt!     Click here to download the document.

    2/2012 - European Chronic Disease Alliance input to the Reflection Process on chronic diseases

    Optimising the response to the epidemic of chronic diseases 
    Click here for ECDA input to Reflection Process on Chronic Disease

    10/2010 - Chronic Disease Alliance - A Unified Prevention Approach

    Click here for Chronic Disease Alliance - A Unified Prevention Approach

Background Information & References

  • 26/06/2015 International Diabetes Federation "Framework for Action on Sugar"

    To read the document, click here.

    18/06/2015 OECD report "Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: Policies for Better Health and Quality of Care"

    Fewer people are dying from stroke and heart attacks than before, but rising levels of obesity and diabetes, particularly among younger people, are going to push mortality rates higher, according to a new OECD report. According to OECD, advances in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases have led to a 60 per cent drop in mortality rates over the past 50 years in the OECD. Click here to download the full report. 

    17/04/2013 – Reflection Process on chronic diseases: DG SANCO published the RIVM report Europeans of retirement age: chronic diseases and economic activity.

    Along with other health organisations, ECDA has been invited to contribute to the review of the report and has provided numerous recommendations.
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    9/04/2013 – European Commission (EAHC) launches Calls for Tenders in the health sector.

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    9/05/2012 – Non-communicable diseases prevention and control in the South-eastern Europe Health Network: An analysis of intersectoral collaboration

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    10/02/2012 - Contribution to consultations on proposals for global monitoring framework and targets for NCDs

    Download Pdf-document – NCD Alliance statement on targets

    15/09/2011 - European Parliament resolution of 15 September 2011 on European Union position and commitment in advance to the UN high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases

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    9/09/2011 – United Nations Political Declaration of the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Non Communicable Diseases

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    26/11/2010 - Addressing non-communicable diseases: major challenges to sustainable development in the 21st century

    UNDESA/WHO Regional High-level Consultation in the European Region on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, with a particular focus on the developmental challenges
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    7/10/2010 - Council conclusions “Innovative approaches for chronic diseases in public health and healthcare systems”

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