Global Health Pledge

for Candidates to the European Parliament 2014 Elections

Make a healthy Europe, and a healthy world, your priority as an MEP!

Health is universally recognised as a basic human right, fundamental to individual well-being, and a key precondition to inclusive and equitable growth and development. Achieving the highest attainable standard of health for all is an integral part of thriving societies, a cornerstone of well-performing economies, and a shared principle of European countries and their partners. Protecting human rights and promoting sustainable development are enshrined in the core values of the European Union, and its vision as a global actor. If the EU, as the world's biggest development aid donor and a major player in this field, is to achieve the objectives of its development policy, EU investments in global health and policy coherence – across different sectors– are crucial.

If I am elected an MEP in the 2014 elections, I pledge:

  • To support the aim that everyone, without discrimination on any grounds, such as gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, income and geographic origin, should have access to timely, affordable, acceptable,and integrated quality health services
  • To help ensure that EU support for global health continues by speaking out for more substantial and effective EU investment in global health
  • To support the aim that 0.7% of gross national income be spent on official development assistance (ODA) and to work towards the reverse of cuts in health ODA
  • To explore the potential for innovative development financing mechanisms (such as the Financial Transaction Tax) as an opportunity to increase funding for international development assistance including health
  • To support transparency and accountability within the EU institutions, and in my own country on ODA spending for health
  • To ensure the development of an EU global health strategy, and to assure the implementation of existing EU policies on global health
  • To ensure EU political, legal and commercial agreements do not become barriers to access to lifesaving medicines, diagnostics or prevention technologies
  • To support investments in research and development for new and improved prevention and diagnostic technologies, and treatments to fight urgent global health threats.

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Signatories

Norbert Neuser | Germany | MEP | S&D

A crucial initiative for the people in ACP countries - the basis for development. I am happy to support this!

28.03.2014

Marilena Bertini | Italy | MEP candidate | PD

The Right to Health is essential for all civil society

31.03.2014

Biljana Borzan | Croatia | MEP| S&D

As a medical doctor I fully support this initiative. If elected, universal health care will be one of my priorities.

03.04.2014

Jeroni Vergeer | Netherlands | MEP candidate| GroenLinks

Currently, heath care is not accessible and of the same quality for all people around the world. Health care is a human right and needs to be improved in many places. I support this pledge and will fight for better heath care.

07.04.2014

Glenis Willmott | UK | MEP | Labour, S&D

I will continue my work on the prevention of chronic diseases, health equality and TB prevention and treatment in the next Parliament.

07.04.2014

Iratxe Garcia Perez | Spain | MEP | PSOE, S&D

I totally agree with this important iniciative for health and for equality. Thanks!

08.04.2014

Lara De Brito | Netherlands | MEP candidate | GroenLinks

Health care is a basic human right, we should act according to it.

09.04.2014

Sandrine Bélier | France | MEP | Europe Ecologie (Greens)

In our 2014 manifesto, we, Greens, included health in nearly all the policy areas, mainly in the context of environmental health but also on social protection. An inclusive economy that takes into consideration not only the people, but the environment from where resources are sourced, is important to our society. A new deal is needed for Europe and it has to be based on sustainability, focusing on delivering real and tangible well-being to people living in Europe.
Neoliberal policies have not improved, but rather worsened the situation of many. We strongly believe that changing this has to be the number one priority for the EU Institutions over the next five years. Similarly, this also applies to the way trade policy is being conducted within the EU, which needs to show respect and solidarity to our global partners.

10.04.2014

Benoit Faucheux | France | MEP candidate | Europe Ecologie (Greens)

Health is a fundamental right. My professional and activist experience reinforces my conviction that the improvement of living conditions of populations is multidimensional. Economy, social and environment must be processed together by policies and development programmes strongly associating the public and stakeholders.

11.04.2014

Alain Lamassoure | France | MEP | EPP

I fully support this initiative.

16.04.2014

Ricardo Cortés Lastra | Spain | MEP | PSOE

Urgent and decisive action. This is the healthy Europe we need.

17.04.2014

Christine Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy | France | MEP | Parti socialiste PSE

Yes, I support this initiative.

17.04.2014

Emilie Peeters | Belgium | MEP candidate | sp.a, S&D

Health is a basic human right but unfortunately not always recognized as such. Too often people face huge barriers to access health care. Access to affordable, accessible and quality health care for all is not only a matter of public health but it definitely also has crucial economic and environmental benefits. We need to ensure that Europe takes its responsibility to strengthen its core values of human rights, social welfare, equality and the principle of shared responsibility inside and outside the EU borders. That is why I fully support this global health pledge and promise to take action when elected as MEP.

18.04.2014

Argyrios Panagopoulos | Italy, Greece | MEP candidate | L'Altra Europa con Tsipras

The policies of the European Commission, the European Council and of most national governments destroy public health, and the rights of citizens for public assistance. Already in Greece more than three million people have no right to public health care because those who lose their jobs and the right to lead a dignified life also lose the right to be taken cared for. In Spain, Portugal and Italy public health is fragmented to offer places to be tested. I support your appeal with the belief that building a healthy world must start first of all by our European societies, without exclusions.

18.04.2014

Clarisse Heusquin | France | MEP candidate | EELV

Yes, health is a priority. It is more than a right, it is a necessity. Health is a necessity because for humanity and the planet it must be at the heart of any social project.

22.04.2014

Sophie in 't Veld | Netherlands | MEP | d66/alde

1.To support the aim that everyone, without discrimination on any grounds, such as gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, income and geographic origin, should have access to timely, affordable, acceptable,and integrated quality health services.

23.04.2014

Isabelle Thomas | France | MEP | Parti socialiste

I support this initiative.

24.04.2014

Tanja Fajon | Slovenia | MEP | S&D

I pledge for more protection against unequal treatment in healthcare!

25.04.2014

Sergio Cofferati | Italy | MEP | Partito Democratico, S&D

I strongly support this initiative.

25.04.2014

Marie-Paule Prost-Heinisch | Luxembourg | MEP candidate | ALDE

Having been the CEO of the Luxembourg Cancer Foundation for 20 years and as board member of the Luxembourg Red Cross, I pledge to make health in Europe and in the world one of my priorities.

25.04.2014

Eric Andrieu | France | MEP | PS, S&D

I fully support this initiative for a healthy Europe and a healthy world.

28.04.2014

Lammert Van Raan | Netherlands | MEP candidate | Partij voor de Dieren

The future will be green, the future will be sustainable. Our slogan is: The planet offers enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.'

29.04.2014

Catherine Trautmann | France | MEP | Parti Socialiste, S&D

Access to health services is essential for all people. I fully support this initiative.

30.04.2014

Terry Reintke | Germany | MEP candidate | Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen

The Right to Health is being challenged in many different ways at the moment. Thanks for this pledge for sending a strong sign for the right to health!

05.05.2014

Violeta Vajda | United Kingdom | MEP candidate | Green Party of England and Wales

The Green Party's comitted not only to supporting continued investment in health, but most crucially to ensuring that this investment reaches everybody and helps tackle global inequality. We have championed the FTT as a crucial instrument in creating the financial basis for our commitments and are opposed to the TTIP and other trade agreements that would allow corporate interest to hold governments hostage to the priorities of big business rather than the health of their citizens.The Green Party is also the only party that is fully committed to environmental principles when it comes to economic growth, firmly opposing nuclear power, fracking and other exploitative energy policies that have a detrimental effect on human health.

05.05.2014

Aldo Mussi | United Kingdom | MEP candidate | Green Party

As a Green, I am enthusiastic about this pledge - and as a public health specialist, I am very aware of its relevance. Best wishes for the campaign.

05.05.2014

Rubio Milagros | Spain | MEP candidate | Izquierda-ezkerra

Equal rights for everyone, especially in the field of health, is essential to have a minimum floor for social justice.

05.05.2014

Catherine Stihler | Scotland | MEP | Labour Party

I will continue my work on the prevention of chronic diseases, health equality and TB prevention and treatment in the next Parliament.

05.05.2014

Niko Koffeman | Netherlands | MEP candidate | Partij voor de Dieren (animal rights party)

We support the aim that 1 % of gross national income be spent on official development assistance (ODA) and we work towards the reverse of cuts in health ODA.

06.05.2014

Jean-Louis Cottigny | France | MEP | PS France, S&D

I fully support this initiative! Thank you! Merci!

07.05.2014

Mark Ereira-Guyer | United Kingdom | MEP candidate | Green Party

Fully endorse this and all the aspirations within.!

07.05.2014

Nicolas Gaborit | France | MEP candidate | Parti Socialiste

I support this initiative.

08.05.2014

José Ramón Jáuregui Atondo | Spain | MEP | PSOE, S&D

09.05.2014

Kamel Djebbar | France | MEP candidate | parti socialiste

Yes, to making health a priority!

09.05.2014

Marc Tarabella | Belgium | MEP | Parti socialiste

I support this action.

09.05.2014

John Howarth | United Kingdom | MEP candidate | Labour

If elected I will take an interest in global health issues alongside my other responsibilities. I would intend to use my position where I can to assist a number of charitable causes in the health field within the UK to further medical research.

09.05.2014

Daniela Padoan | Italy | MEP candidate | L'Altra Europa con Tsipras

I agree strongly to the demands of the Global Health Pledge for Global Health.

12.05.2014

Nathalie Griesbeck | France | MEP | UDI-MODEM

Every day, hundreds of thousands of men and women face a dilemma: to get better - but poorer - or waive their access to health services. We must act, and do more, because access to health is a universal right. I support the Manifesto for Global Health, and agree to work and continue to act for access for all to affordable and quality health services. We Europeans (Alternative UDI-MoDEM) also urge the EU, which leads the fight against extreme poverty, to devote a substantial part of the proceeds from a financial transaction tax to development policies.

12.05.2014

Isabella Cirelli | Italy | MEP candidate | L'Altra Europa con Tsipras

Access to health care should be a right for all. Health care is a human right but unfortunately it is not accessible for all people around the world. Neoliberal and austerity policies have worsened the situation of many in the EU. Changing this has to be the number one priority for the EU Institutions over the next five years to ensure that Europe takes its responsibility to strengthen its core values of human rights, social welfare, equality and the principle of shared responsibility inside and outside the EU borders. I endorse the global health pledge and promise to take action to improve it.

12.05.2014

Felice Roberto Pizzuti | Italy | MEP candidate | L'Altra Europa con Tsipras

I've been already working on these topics and I will for sure continue support any kind of iniciative in favour of a public and efficient health system.

12.05.2014

Patrizia Toia | Italy | MEP candidate | Partito Democratico - S&D

I have always been interested by the close partnerships around this initiative, and I am therefore very happy to support your campaign.

12.05.2014

Gina Dowding | United Kingdom | MEP candidate | Green Party

Thank you for highlighting the important goals for health improvements. As a former public health worker I am fullly supportive of your campaign for greater investment in global health. This weekin my current role as a Green party County Councillor I am bringing to my local council a request for them to support the FTT as a way of increasing finance avaiable for public spending on services which will bring greater health benefits.

12.05.2014

Amaury Caprasse | Belgium | MEP candidate | Parti Socialiste

Fully in favour of quality health services for all !

15.05.2014

Andreas Papadopoulos | Greece | MEP candidate | Democratic Left (S+D)

I support the aim of universal access to quality health services both on EU and global level.

15.05.2014

Effie Chalatsi | Greece | MEP candidate | PASOK

I agree with all the 8 points. Good luck.

15.05.2014

Paul Berettoni | France | MEP candidate | Parti Pirate

Current health politics are rather unsatisfying. Many conditions can nowadays be treated properly, but pharmaceutical patents are still a major obstacle as the costs they induce prevent many people from being actually treated.Let's build a better and healthier world: let's share the science!

20.05.2014

Niki Tzavela | Greece | MEP candidate | New Democracy (European People's Party)

Congratulations on this noble initiative. I will support it in every way I can.

20.05.2014

Gilles Pargneaux | France | MEP candidate | S&D

I fully support this initiative. Everyone should have access to timely, affordable, acceptable,and integrated quality health services!

20.05.2014

Elena Valenciano | Spain | MEP candidate | PSOE

Access to health care is an universal right. You have my commitment and support for this initiative.

20.05.2014

Tommaso Fattori | Italy | MEP candidate | Un'Altra Europa con Tsipras

L'Altra Europe are committed to taking responsibility for meeting their obligations at the international level and commit resources to ensure the right to health of all people - but Europe must be ready and willing to deal with the extraordinary global health crisis, focusing its efforts on the health of the poorest. Health is a fundamental human right, a commitment to justice, an essential contribution to poverty reduction, social development, and human security.

21.05.2014

Emer Costello | Ireland | MEP candidate | Labour/S&D

I am fully commited to achieving a more coherent EU approach to health, both within the EU and globally.

21.05.2014

Jordi Sebastià Talavera | Spain | MEP candidate | Coalició Compromís

As an MEP, I support and agree to defend your demands.

22.05.2014

Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero | Spain | MEP | Grupo Parlamentario Socialista

Right to health

23.05.2014

Andrea Zanoni | Italy | MEP | Partito Democratico

I give my full support to the Global Health Pledge for a healthy Europe.

23.05.2014

Carlos Valero Martinez | Spain | MEP | Podemos

We will continue the fight...

27.05.2014

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