Over 230 NGOs join the call for the Europe We Want!

The statement has been instigated by WWF EU, ETUC, CONCORD Europe, European Movement International, European Women’s Lobby and European Youth Forum, and sent to European Commission President Juncker and Vice-Presidents Timmermans, Ansip, Šefčovič, Dombrovskis and Katainen, and High Representative Mogherini; as well as Presidents Tusk and Tajani, and Prime Minister Muscat.

The call for “A New Europe for People, Planet and Prosperity for All“, signed already by 177 organisations.

Please also note that if an individual citizen wishes to sign-on to this statement, it can be done by visiting this page ↗

The full text of the statement can be found here ↗
The joint statement-PDF, with all signatories is available here

A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all

Common statement signed by 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions, ahead of the EU27 Summit in Bratislava on 16 September 2016.

Europe is at a crossroads, and the future of European cooperation and the benefits it brings are at stake. This is about the future of our society and how we want to be viewed by the wider world. The future of our planet and the k ind of Europe our children will grow up in. The current crisis highlights the urgent need to reflect on fundamental questions: how do we ensure that the European project reclaims its promise of peace, democracy and solidarity? How can Europe work for its people?

Too many people across Europe are dissatisfied and disillusioned with the European Union and feel remote from its institutions and policies. But there are groups of committed politicians, trade unions, community groups and non-governmental organisations across Europe who are ready to take action and work for a renewed Europe. Together, we can shape a Europe that is inclusive, open, just, sustainable, and that works for people of all ages, social backgrounds and nations. Where do we go from here to build the Europe we want and need?

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Joint statement to the Council of the European Union

Tuesday 1 December 2009

Innovative incentives for effective antibiotics
EU policy currently focuses on reducing the use of antibiotics by educating citizens and prescribers on the proper use of antibiotic treatment. The second pillar of the policy is the promotion of Research and Development for new and more effective antibiotics. We call on the EU to add a third pillar to the policy, recognising the role complementary and alternative medicine can play in the treatment of widespread infections.

Antibiotic resistance - a global health problem
The European Centre of Disease prevention and Control (ECDC) warns about the threat of antibiotic resistance and calls for antibiotics to be used far more responsibly in the treatment of infectious diseases1. Antibiotics are of no use in viral infections and they should not be used in uncomplicated bacterial infections such as light ear, throat and sinus infections2.

The ECDC and the World Health Organisation (WHO) warn that infectious micro-organisms have become increasingly resistant to existing antibiotics3. Over-use and misuse of antibiotics has caused the development of lethal antibiotic resistant micro-organisms. They are now also suspected of causing cancer4.

Replacement products are proving difficult to find. Governments and researchers across the world are searching for alternatives.

Homeopathy – effective in infectious diseases
Research shows that homeopathy can serve as an effective alternative to antibiotics in a range of infectious conditions for which they have been commonly used5-13.

Out of 500 patients suffering from upper respiratory complaints, 82% receiving homeopathy improved within 14 days, compared to 67 % treated conventionally10. In another study with 169 children, those receiving homeopathic treatment had significantly less symptoms and shorter duration of disease compared to other children11. Their parents also had less time away from work.

Homeopathy is effective in treating recurrent ear infections in children7-8. Over 70% had no ear infections after homeopathy, compared to 57 % percent receiving conventional drugs8. Out of 230 children those receiving homeopathic treatment recovered 2.4 times faster than others7.
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