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Opportunities for input of regions at EU level: Advocating for healthy public policies Caroline Bollars European Week of Regions and Cities 10 October.

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1 Opportunities for input of regions at EU level: Advocating for healthy public policies Caroline Bollars European Week of Regions and Cities 10 October 2007,

2 Outline of presentation EPHA and its members What does the health community stand for The role of the health community Opportunities to input

3 About EPHA A network of more than 98 non governmental and not-for-profit organisations across Europe working on health and health-related issues EPHA's mission is to promote and protect the health of all people living in Europe and increase the participation of citizens in health-related policy making at European level.

4 EPHA members Health advocates Disease specific patient groups Academic researchers Health professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses and pharmacists) Consumer groups Environment organisations Development organisations Complete list of EPHA members:

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6 Why be involved ? Article 152 in Treaty: 'EU legislates on public health' Implementation: Member States AND Regions BUT the legislative process does not involve regions (as an adviser) Who makes decisions: European Commission, European Parliament, European Council

7 Other people involved ?? 15,000 to 20,000 lobbyists in Brussels: 20% represent regions and cities 10% NGO's Networking and alliances are the ONLY way to make our voice heard - You are unlikely to succeed alone. Use other existing resources.

8 EU and Health – What is advocacy Monitor, analyse and inform - overview of EU institutions, tracking policy and political events Awareness raising policy-makers (EU-local) Networking - engage and consult (today) Visibility - raising the profile of your organisation, ensuring that your voice is heard Lobbying - getting your viewpoints across and providing detailed expertise (amendments for legislation, data and statistics, writing reports)

9 Conclusion: Lobbying and the role of NGOs in Brussels – Defining lobbying Grass roots lobbying:

10 Conclusion: Lobbying and the role of NGOs in Brussels – Defining lobbying Direct lobbying:

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