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How to Become a Member of HEAL

Membership of the HEAL is open to non-governmental organisations and other not for profit organisations and professional bodies, whether local, regional, national, European or international.

Applicants must:

- be legally constituted pursuant to the laws and customs of their country of origin;
- have no profit-making purpose;
- be independent of governments, political parties and commercial interests, and
- support the Health and Environment Alliance’s mission statement: "to protect the European environment as a means of promoting the health of all people living in Europe as well as to ensure the participation of citizens in environment and health-related policy making at the European level".

To join the HEAL, please fill out the membership form (also below with an outline of the benefits) and send it to the Secretariat (info@env-health.org).

The standard HEAL membership fee is 300 per year. For organisations from the Central and Eastern EU Member States (Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Malta, Cyprus, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia) HEAL offers a phased approach to the membership fee, wherein the 2011 fee is 100 and each subsequent year the fee will increase by 50 until the standard fee is reached.

- Individual Membership - If you are not part of an organisation eligible to join as, or you have a personal interest in HEAL’s work we have now opened a category of individual membership. Please email the HEAL Secretariat for more information (info@env-health.org).


Health and Environment Alliance Membership Benefits

What will the Health and Environment Alliance membership provide?

INFORMATION ON ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH ISSUES AND EU POLICY DEVELOPMENTS

- Members’ Electronic Newsletter. An electronic newsletter will be sent by to member organisations. Regular features include recent EU policy developments, secretariat activities, members’ activities and forthcoming events on environment and public health related issues.

- Environment and Health Alerts. Short alerts will be sent to members via e-mail whenever an important development on environment and health-related EU policy takes place.

- Newslists. Special briefings on particular subjects of interest to a certain group of members are provided via an electronic mailing list. As and when requested by members, briefings on other mainstream subjects can be introduced.

COMMUNICATION AMONG MEMBERS

- Working Groups. As the Health and Environment Alliance is a new organisation, the working groups will invariably be adapted as necessary to reflect its member’s priorities and policy developments. Working groups will communicate primarily through email to exchange information, develop joint policy responses and advocacy campaigns.

To begin with, four Working Groups will be established as follows: Aarhus and participation, Children’s environment and health, Environment and health indicators and Chemicals. Working groups can be set up following members’ requests or at the suggestion of the secretariat, contingent upon resources. When requested, the HEAL secretariat can also facilitate the organisation of meetings in Brussels.

- Participation at seminars and training sessions organised by the Health and Environment Alliance.

VISIBILITY IN EU POLICY MAKING CIRCLES

- Health and Environment Alliance website: it provide links to campaigns, NGO activities, EU policies and other sources of information related to environment and health. Member organisations will also be featured to enhance public visibility of their activities and will have access to the Members’ only section of the website.

SUPPORT FOR ADVOCACY WORK

- Access to EU decision makers and major players enhanced by the Brussels expertise of Secretariat.

- Access to the Health and Environment Alliance comprehensive data base.

REPRESENTATION AND PARTICIPATION AT EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL FORA

- Representation by HEAL staff persons and Executive Committee at working groups, conferences, and meetings organised by the EU institutions.

- Membership of European Environment and Health Committee through HEAL’s founding member, the European Public Health Alliance.

- Co-operation with the World Health Organisation.

- Ad hoc collaboration with NGOs involved in other sectors, such as consumers, farmers, women’s groups, transport and so on, in areas affecting environment and health.


HEAL Member application form


HEAL Member benefits outline


Written on 8 October 2010.

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