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Highlights 2014

This year has been of special important for EFA, not only our membership grew with three new members from Croatia, Ireland and Latvia, but also we welcomed new faces in our team. 2014 has been a year of significant developments at the European arena. The biggest change is related to the election of the new European Parliament and the new European Commission for the term 2014-2019. To ensure the needs and asks of asthma, allergy and COPD patients

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e-Cigarettes policy guide

As the Tobacco Products Directive will be soon implemented at national level, EFA and ENSP we have developed a guide for EU Member States with recommendations on the regulation of electronic cigarettes in their countries. Do not miss it! Earlier this year, the European Union adopted the new directive on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products (2014/40/EU). Article 20 of this directive regulates electronic cigarettes in the European

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EU Policy update (December 2014)

Despite many positive concerns showed by the European Union on the matter of public health and patients’ safety, the biggest and most worrying news of December is that the National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive aimed to improve air quality in Europe has been withdrawn from the European Commission’s agenda for 2015. A new Start for Europe: jobs and employment but not health [caption id="attachment_6438" align="alignright" width="300"] EC Vice-President

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EFA Members news (December 2014)

Irish patients ask for stronger smoky coal legislation EFA Member Asthma Society of Ireland organized an event to urge the Irish government to adopt a smoky coal ban to ensure clean air for all. According to the European Environmental Agency estimates, 1,229 lives were lost prematurely in Ireland because of poor air quality. However, since the Irish capital Dublin adopted a smoky coal ban in 1990, up to 9,000 have been saved from coal polluted air.

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EU Projects update (December 2014)

MyAirCoach, new EU research project on asthma and COPD We are happy to announce that next January EFA will be involved in a new EU research project funded by Horizon 2020, the newest and biggest European Commission Research and Innovation programme. The project is called MyAirCoach and stands for “Analysis, modelling and predictive simulation of both physiological and environmental factors for the customized treatment optimization of Asthma and

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EFA in Events (December 2014)

Tackling socio-economic inequalities in smoking On the 8th of December, the SILNE project’s results were presented at the European Parliament. This three-year Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project accounts for “Tackling socio-economic inequalities in smoking: learning from natural experiments by time trend analyses and cross-national comparisons” and aimed to generate new empirical evidence on the effectiveness of strategies to reduce socio-economic

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Press Release: EU Air Quality policy withdrawal

Patients and doctors urge to put EU air quality policy back on the agenda Brussels, 17th December 2014 – The European Commission presented yesterday at the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg, its 2015 working plan. The new plan withdraws the proposal for the revision of the National Emission Ceilings Directive, a key EU legislative file aimed at regulating air quality by setting maximum emission levels for six main pollutants - PM, SO2,

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World COPD Day 2014

"Air travel for patients requiring oxygen should be facilitated, not hindered", says EFA President Breda Flood More than 3.5 million people need medical oxygen in Europe and many are advised by their doctors to move to regions with temperate climates that will ease the symptoms of their disease. However the free movement of people around the EU Member States is a nightmare for severe respiratory patients. EFA has documented that air travelling with

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EU Policy update (November 2014)

European Commission structural changes affecting public health The new European Commission has started its work as from the 1st November launching the final decision on the organisation of responsibilities of the Members of the Commission. According to this decision, the Directorate General Health and Consumers (SANCO) will be led by the Health and Food Safety Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, who will be responsible for relations with: The Community

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EFA in Events (November 2014)

Meetings with the European Medicines Agency On the 25th November, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) organised a training session for patients and consumers involved in EMA activities. EFA was represented by Junior EU Policy Officer Jelena Malinina and EFA Member and President of the Association of Parents of Asthmatic Children of Zagreb Silvio Šanko. The training provided a comprehensive overview of the EMA activities, patients’ involvement

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EFA Members news (November 2014)

As part of our Membership strategy, in October and November we met with potential members in Hungary, associations representing people with allergy and respiratory diseases in the United Kingdom, and had the opportunity to discuss patient representation in Turkey. The purpose of these meetings is two-fold: expand EFA’s representativeness an thereby the allergy, asthma and COPD patient voice at the European level and aligning at the national level

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Capacity Building Project update

Meeting with RESPIRA, Portuguese EFA Member On November 15, EFA representatives travelled to Lisbon to meet with 14 members of EFA’s member organisation RESPIRA, including recently appointed EFA Board Member Isabel Saraiva. RESPIRA is the national Portuguese Association of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other Chronic Respiratory Diseases that is run by 10 volunteers. This young organization, founded in 2007, aims

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