Author Archive of Jan

Press Release: EFA Calls for Strategy at Chronic Diseases Summit

Patients with asthma, allergy and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease call for an EU strategy on chronic diseases European institutions must take the lead to tackle respiratory diseases affecting more than half of EU citizens The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) participates today and tomorrow in the first-ever EU Chronic Diseases Summit to call on the EU institutions to adopt an EU strategy on

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Tobacco Products Directive

Last word of the European Parliament on the tobacco products directive On February, 26 the plenary of the European Parliament (EP) voted on the text of the revised directive on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) accepted the compromise reached last December by the rapporteur of the directive in the European Parliament, Mrs McAvan MEP, with the then Lithuanian Presidency

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EFA Manifesto for EP Elections

The European Parliament elections are fastly approaching and through this information channel, we call on all the readers of our Newsletter to take a piece of responsibility into their hands and contact the current Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and future candidates to present EFA’s Manifesto to help to ensure that the needs and concerns of people with allergy, asthma and COPD are put on the top of the political agenda. EFA, in collaboration

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EFA Training on EMA

EFA training for patient experts on allergy, asthma and COPD on getting involved with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) As we informed you in the last issue of our eZine, EFA planned to host on 18th of February the first edition of what we hope to be annual event for patient experts on allergy, asthma and COPD on getting involved with the European Medicines Agency (EMA). 15 patient experts from 11 European countries were present in the beautiful

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EFA Baltic Alignment Meeting

On the 15th of February EFA organised an alignment meeting with patient associations representing people with asthma, allergy and COPD in Latvia and Lithuania. Despite their interest, Estonian patient associations were unavailable to attend this meeting, which took place in Lithuanian capital – Vilnius. The main objective of the meeting was to renew the relationships between EFA and its member organizations in Lithuania as well as to establish

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EFA in Meetings

EFA Board and Officers Annual Meeting with Sustainable Funding Partners On 19th February, the EFA Board and EFA Secretariat met with the sustainable funding partners of EFA to discuss its achievements and activities in 2013 but more importantly the future of EFA from both the short term and long term perspectives. Since EFA received an Operating Grant from the European Commission Health Programme for 2014 which brings changes to EFA’s funding structure.

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Member News

Electronic food handbook from Norway As part of the efforts to keep up to date with the technological development, our Norwegian member Norges Astma- og Allergiforbund (NAAF) has launched the Allergy Phrasebook as application to your smartphone. The application is ideal for people who have food allergies and are travelling. The app allows you to communicate your allergies to restaurant staff or shop assistants. See the app on Google Play >>

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EFA training on involvement with the EMA

Rationale: 12 patient experts from EFA member associations will have the opportunity to discover what the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is and especially how patients can be involved in its activities. Through EFA, patient experts on allergy, asthma and COPD across Europe can be involved in the important work that EMA is doing throughout the process of evaluating and communicating about medicines. This will be the first training of this type organised

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Press Release: EFA’s position on Alpro precautionary warnings

Leading brand soya products no longer guaranteed safe for people with nut allergies EFA, the umbrella organisation representing people with food allergy in Europe, is deeply concerned about the latest developments on the use of precautionary labelling by Alpro, one of the biggest suppliers of soya products in Europe, which could result in decreased quality of life and life-threatening consequences for many people with allergy. The company has decided

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EU Policy Update

Greek Health Minister visited the ENVI committee On January, 22nd the Greek Minister for Health Adonis Georgiades presented the priorities of the Greek Presidency of the European Union to the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. EFA followed the presentation online and even though not all the topics that are essential for people with allergy, asthma and COPD were mentioned or answered, we are happy to see that some of the dossiers

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Member News

EFA activities in asthma presented in Tuscany, Italy Last year in Helsinki EFA hosted training for patient representatives coming from 3 different European countries, to give an overview of the current Finnish Allergy Programme. The Italian member organization of EFA was inspired by the Finnish Asthma Programme, which was a 10 year programme prior the current Finnish Allergy Programme, that they decided to apply some of the knowledge gained during

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EFA in Meetings

EFA advising on how to tackle socio-economic inequalities in smoking On January 17th, the Advisory Board of the SILNE project met for the second time in Amsterdam. SILNE – Tackling socio-economic inequalities in smoking is a three-year research project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP 7) of the European Union. EU Policy Officer Roberta Savli represented EFA in the Advisory Board whose aim is to advise the project partners

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