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EFA organises first event at European Parliament

Patient involvement is a key for the success of EU innovative research for allergy and respiratory diseases Patients’ representatives from more than 25 European countries participated in the very first stakeholder event of the new European Parliament, co-hosted by Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Catherine Stihler (United Kindgom, S&D) and Petru Luhan (former MEP from Romania, EPP) with the participation of Karin Kadenbach (Austria,

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Press Release: World No Tobacco Day 2014

Tobacco continues killing 700,000 Europeans every year Raising tax on tobacco, an effective solution to prevent tobacco deaths Brussels, 31 May 2014 (World No Tobacco Day) – The European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) promote support for smokers that take the important step of quitting smoking to improve the length and quality of their

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‘Know your air for health’ website

EFA and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) have launched a website to sheds light on how air pollution is implicated in the development and rise of asthma, and provides tips on reducing exposure. Launched in the World Asthma Day, The “Know your air for health” website is written in English, German and Italian and primarily seeks to benefit vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women, children, patients and the elderly, because they are

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EU Policy update – May 2014

Currently the European Union institutions are carrying out several consultations that are relevant to EFA’s activities. In this section, you will find information about the consultations on (1) fragrance allergens, (2) primary care definition, and (3) air quality, (4) allergenic foods and food ingredients for labelling purposes’, as well EFA’s position on the mentioned issues, prepared in close collaboration with our members. In addition, EFA’s

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EFA in meetings – May 2014

European Summit on Hospital Pharmacy The European Summit on Hospital Pharmacy, organised by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) took place in Brussels on May, 14th-15th. The event brought together representatives of the hospital pharmacy profession, patients and healthcare professional groups from 34 countries around Europe. EFA was represented by Roberta Savli, EU Policy Advisor, and Jelena Malinina, EU Policy Assistant. The

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EFA Patients will discuss at the European Parliament

Benefits of EU research on allergy, asthma and COPD On June 17th 2014, EFA invites all stakeholders interested in ongoing EU-funded research initiatives for allergy, asthma and COPD to the European Parliament for the event “Does innovative research for allergy and respiratory disease in the European Union benefit patients?”. The event will be hosted by Catherine Stihler, Member of European Parliament underscoring the importance of innovative

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EFA Members’ News – May 2014

In May, EFA’s Members led allergy and asthma related activities during the World Asthma Day 2014. [caption id="attachment_5239" align="alignright" width="300"] Boxes from the Finnish Pieni Ele fundraising campaign[/caption] The Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation participated in the “Pieni Ele” (a small gesture in Finnish) fundraising campaign. The campaign, organized in parallel to the European elections, was a result of a collaboration

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New European Parliament!

The new European Parliament will have 751 seats compared to the 766 existing in the old Parliament. The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) will remain the largest group with 214 seats, ahead of the 191 for the centre-left Socialists & Democrats, according to the latest count. The rest of the groups present varying degrees of success in the election, as shown in the chart below. This might be one of the most important elections to date

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New Tobacco Measures from 2016

New Tobacco Measures from 2016 The EU has finally published the Tobacco Products Directive After being formally adopted last March by the Council of the European Union, the executive institution at EU level, the Tobacco Products Directive has finally been published and will enter into force in May. It grants Member States a two-year transposition period to implement the provisions contained in the directive in their respective countries. Given that

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European Parliament Elections

The new and the old: past European Parliament achievements and elections polls European Parliament achievements in public health during 2009-2014 During the last 5 years, 766 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) representing 28 countries have adopted decisions in 25 European Parliament (EP) specialised committees and sub-committees, organised 2,819 meetings and adopted 952 legislative acts. There were many discussions, debates and attempts to

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EU Public Health and Chronic Diseases

First ever EU Summit on Chronic Diseases On April 3 and 4, the European Commission organised the first ever EU Summit on Chronic Diseases. The World Health Organisation estimates that chronic diseases are the leading cause of mortality in the European region, accounting for 86% of all deaths. The EU health systems annually spend 700 billion Euros on treating chronic diseases, which amounts to 70-80% of all healthcare costs in the EU. The need to

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World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day 2014 Asthma is a disease characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing, which vary in severity and frequency. An asthma attack is the result of an inflammation of the air passages that reduces the flow of air in and out of the lungs. Despite the growing use of asthma medications, asthma control remains poor with around 10% of people with asthma suffering from severe asthma. As representatives of patients of asthma,

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