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|Title:||EC Actions on Indoor Air Quality|
|Authors:||KEPHALOPOULOS STYLIANOS; GALLO Giulio; FUCHS Manfred; KARJALAINEN Tuomo; VAN TORGELEN Birgit; ELSBERGER Martin; BOWIE RANDALL|
|Citation:||The 1st EnVIE Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Health for EU Policy p. 25-40|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||In the Sixth Environment Action Programme the European Commission's commitment to provide "an environment where the level of pollution does not give rise to harmful effects on human health and the environment", is clearly stated. The European Commission, with strong support from the Member States and the European Parliament, has put forward the European Environment and Health Strategy (the Strategy) in June 2003. This integrated Strategy for Environment and Health, known as the ¿SCALE initiative¿, had the ultimate objectives to reduce the disease burden caused by environmental factors in the EU, to identify and to prevent new health threats caused by environmental factors and to strengthen EU capacity for policymaking in this area. SCALE meant to be incremental in scope and to be implemented in consecutive phases. It is based on Scientific evidence, focused on Children and other vulnerable population groups, meant to raise Awareness, improve the situation by use of Legal instruments and ensure a continual Evaluation of the progress made. The European Environment and Health Strategy was jointly issued by: the Directorates-General of Health (DG SANCO), Environment (DG ENV), Research (DG RTD) and the Joint Research Centre (DG JRC). It has a long-term vision seeking to address the links between poor health and environmental problems. The European Environment and Health Strategy will be implemented in cycles, initially focusing on four priority diseases: childhood respiratory diseases, asthma, allergies neuro-developmental disorders childhood cancer endocrine disrupting effects An Action Plan for 2004-2010 has been acknowledged for the implementation of this strategy during the first cycle. The preparation of this Action Plan was based on full stakeholder involvement. More then 300 experts were involved. Nine technical Working Groups (TWGs) and a Consultative Group were set up, consisting of environment experts and health experts from Member States (Ministries of Health and Environment), academia, industry and major stakeholder organisations. On 9 June 2004, the Commission adopted the EU Environment & Health Action Plan 2004-2010 (EHAP) (2). The action plan, which is based on the general orientations, set out in the Commission¿s June 2003 Communication, also served as the Commission¿s input to the Budapest European Environment and Health Ministerial conference (23-25 June 2004). This work was lead by the Commissioners for Health, the Environment and Research and is being taken forward by the relevant Directorates General in the Commission (Health and consumer protection, Environment, Research and the Join Research Centre). The Action Plan has been developed in close cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is in line with their work on environment and health issues. After the action plan was issued (June 2004) this was followed by a European Parliament report and resolution (rapporteur: Ms F. Ries, France MEP), which has been adopted early 2005. Please see the attachment for the following part of the abstract.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Health and Consumer Protection|
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