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20 October, 2014

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EuropeActive/EHFA  ---- Brussels - 16th October, 2014


The European Commission and UEFA sign partnership agreement

The European Commission and UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) will sign a new partnership agreement, covering the next three years. The announcement was made in Brussels on 14th October in the presence of José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner responsible for Sport, and Michel Platini, President of UEFA.
The agreement is intended to strengthen the positive image of sport, in particular football, and to fully exploit its potential in all areas of economic and social life. The areas of cooperation include matters of shared interest such as corruption, match fixing, violence and racism, financial instability, and the important issue of doping.
Following the successful completion of an EU-funded programme to conduct research into the prevalence of doping within the European health and fitness sector in 2012, EHFA is currently running a contract for the European Commission called Study in Doping Prevention with the aim of developing the evidence base for policies designed to combat doping in recreational sport.
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Childhood overweight and obesity on the rise

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. The prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. Globally, in 2010 the number of overweight children under the age of five, is estimated to be over 42 million. Close to 35 million of these are living in developing countries.
Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. The good news is: overweight and obesity, as well as their related diseases, are largely preventable. But prevention of childhood obesity needs high priority. The WHO Member States in the 66th World Health Assembly have agreed on a voluntary global NCD target to halt the rise in diabetes and obesity.
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The new Commissioner for Health and Food Safety stresses the need for greater prevention.

During the European Parliament hearings, the new European Commissioner for for Health and Food Safety, the Lithuanian Vytenis P. Andriukaitis, mentioned that in the area of human health, the tasks given to the EU are relatively limited. The specific exclusion of national health policy and of the management of health services illustrate the importance of respecting the rules on subsidiarity and proportionality.
However, he also mentioned that the EU can clearly help Member States addressing the challenge of increased calls on health services and more complex technological choices at a time of intense pressure on public finances. He committed to ensure that the Commission will always be ready to play its part in supporting the EU’s capacity to deal with crisis situations in food safety or pandemics. Last but not least he stressed it is important the Commission will lead the way as a modern, efficient and transparent public administration.
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Contact EHFA:

If you would like further information on any of these topics, please contact;
José Costa, EU Policy Officer:




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