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NPCE signs Joint Statement calling for more action on mental health in Europe

Much more discussion and action at European level are needed to underline the importance of mental health as well as the link between mental and physical health. Evidence shows that physical and mental health related problems are closely related. Mental health is central to the lives and well-being of all people, their work, the societies and the economy. 

21 European organisations, including the NPCE, have signed a Joint Statement calling for more action on mental health in Europe. The signatories urge the European Institutions to ensure parity of esteem, the principle by which mental health must be given equal priority to physical health, to take a life-course approach to mental health, to pay stronger attention to mental health in the workplace and to improve mental health treatment in primary care settings. 

You will find the full statement here: Joint-statement on mental health for the EU Health Policy Platform





Proposal for a revision of the Professional Qualifications Directive

There is an ongoing discussion at the European level how Europe can meet the demand for highly skilled people in the health care sector in future and how it can become easier for professionals to find skilled jobs across Europe. The Professional Qualifications Directive sets the framework for professionals to start a new business or to find a job in another Member State. On 19 December 2011 the Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC). The proposal is expected to be agreed by the European Parliament and Council by end of 2012. Deadline for amendments is 15 October 2012.

Key elements of the proposal

  • Introduction of a European professional card. The card aims to facilitate temporary mobility and to provide the possibility to easier and quicker recognition.
  • Reduction of the deadlines for obtaining the recognition of qualifications.
  • Information in one place about the documents required for recognition and online recognition procedure.
  • Possibility of partial access to a profession, where the activities covered by a regulated profession differ from a country to another.
  • Introduction of an alert mechanism between competent authorities to detect and avoid abuse.
  • Introduction of common training frameworks and common training tests.

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Proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on serious cross-border threats to health

On 8 December 2011, the European Commission adopted a legal proposal to better protect European citizens from a wide range of serious cross-border health threats. These can be biological, chemical or environmental in nature. Existing rules on preparing for and managing health emergencies will be strengthened and the Health Security Committee will be given a stronger mandate to react in a crisis. The main measures proposed include to extend the existing co-ordination mechanism for communicable diseases to all heath threats caused by biological, chemical or environmental causes and to agree on European wide emergency cross border measures when a crisis results in large scale mortality and national measures fail to stop the disease from spreading.

Severe cross-border health threats can arise from many sources, but in effect, they have serious psychological consequences on victims, relatives, witnesses, helpers and other persons involved. The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorders vary according to the kind of trauma between approx. 67% after a bombing or terrorist attack and approx. 15% in the case of traffic accidents. Coordinated care of health care professions in such a situation and psychotherapeutic care afterwards is vital and should be part of the preparedness against serious cross-border threats.

The 1st reading in the leading Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament took place on 10th of October 2012.

The ENVI adopted an amendment, amendment 68 to Article 4 - Preparedness and response planning – paragraph 2 – point I with the following extension to the text of the commission: these shall also relate to preparations in the field of psychosocial emergency care.

The first reading in the European Parliament is expected in December.

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