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EU Policy Updates

Adoption of a strong Tobacco Products Directive in danger! The European Parliament rescheduled the debate and the vote on the Tobacco Products Directive which should have taken place in September 2013. After several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) complained that they did not have enough time to go through the report and German MEPs declared they had to focus on German national elections, the tobacco agenda was moved to the October session

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Meet & Greet the EU Institutions

EFA Members will Meet & Greet the European Institutions in October! Twelve EFA members will have the opportunity to come to Brussels in October 2013, meet MEPs from their countries and learn more about decision making processes at the European level. With the "Meet & Greet" training, EFA lets its members to dig deeper into the legislative process and understand better current issues in the area of health. EFA secretariat in Brussels has been

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Save the Date

EFA and the European COPD Coalition are preparing a conference on the subject: “What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? – A COPD case study of patient involvement”. The event takes place on the 28 November 2013, 8.30 – 16.00, at the Residence Palace – Brussels. The conference marks the 2013 World COPD Day and under the patronage of the EU Lithuanian presidency. Part of the conference will be a free spirometry test.

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PRESS RELEASE: Discrimination against patients on aircraft!

Fancy going from Paris to Marseilles by plane? As an healthy passenger, you would pay 100 Euro. If you require oxygen on board the plane, the cost of the ticket can go up to 700 Euro! When you are a patient with a severe respiratory disease, even booking an ordinary flight can turn into a nightmare. The rules and prices regarding the use of oxygen on flights vary considerably between airlines in Europe, often leading to confusion for travellers,

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PRESS RELEASE: Ten easy steps to defeat difficult-to-manage asthma

What action would you take to stop 10 jumbo jets crashing every week of the year, to prevent the deaths of nearly 700 people on board each time, when regular systematic checks of each aircraft could virtually eliminate the problem?  Each day nearly 700 people die because of asthma. Most of these deaths are preventable, often related to inadequate long-term medical care. The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) launches today a briefing

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PRESS RELEASE: We need to secure real-time pollen monitoring in Europe!

Pollen emissions are not man-made and hence cannot be reduced by Member States action. That was the Commission’s reply to a question on facilitating real-time pollen monitoring in the EU, asked by the Italian MEP Andrea Zanoni earlier this year. While pollen might not be directly produced by humans, pollen emissions are very much affected by human activities. Therefore, EFA (the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Associations),

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Vote on TPD postponed

The vote on the Tobacco Products Directive was rescheduled for 8 October. EFA, together with other health campaigners, is deeply concerned about the delay tactics of the tobacco industry and what a delay of the Directive would mean for public health in Europe. Check out the joint statement of SFP, ASH, Cancer Research UK, EHN and ERS - here.

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Enabling Air Travel with Oxygen in Europe
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EFA is pleased to present it's publication, Enabling Air Travel with Oxygen in Europe: An EFA Booklet for Patients with Respiratory Disease, in collaboration with the European Lung Foundation (ELF) in September 2013 as a result of the Oxygen Harmonisation Project. The booklet, which has been endorsed by a Member of the European Parliament, Keith Taylor of the Tourism and Transport Committee, offers practical help for people who have to travel by

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EU Policy Updates

The ENVI Committee protected health of EU citizens, not interests of the tobacco industry The ENVI Committee, the leading Committee responsible for the Tobacco Products Directive at the European Parliament, stood up to the strong tobacco lobby and sided with European citizens. In July, the members of the ENVI Committee endorsed amendments introducing the pictorial warnings covering 75% of the cigarette’s pack (both front and back), a ban on menthol

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Priorities of EU Presidency

Tobacco Products Directive, Clinical Trials and Medical Devices - those are the key legislative dossiers Lithuania aims at making progress in during their Presidency of the Council of the European Union. As Lithuanian Ministers of Health and Environment stressed out to Members of the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament, Lithuania wants to follow in the previous Presidency’s efforts and move forward with important legislation before the upcoming

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EFA Member News

ASI Welcomes Minister for Health’s Commitment to Tobacco-Free Ireland by 2025 The Asthma Society of Ireland has welcomed the Minister for Health and Children James Reilly TD’s commitment to a tobacco free Ireland by 2025. Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma worldwide and 470,000 people in Ireland suffer with the condition, meaning everyone in Ireland knows someone who has asthma. Put another way, asthma affects one in ten Irish

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The GAAPP board elections - the new president is a patient! EFA presented the Allergy Awareness Project at GARD EFA attends the EPF’s Young patients’ seminar ‘EMPATHY’ EFA at Workshop on Food Allergies in Milan   The GAAPP board elections – the new president is a patient! On June 22 2013 the Global Allergy and Asthma Patient Platform (GAAPP), of which EFA is a member, Board elections took place during the EAACI-WAO Congress in Milan.

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