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EFA Manifesto for the EP Elections

EFA Manifesto for the European Parliament election next year EFA launched our Manifesto for the next European Parliament elections to be held in May 2014. The launch took place on the 17th October and already in two weeks time it gained almost 400 signatures. The Manifesto calls on Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to commit themselves to three priority areas that are sub-divided into fourteen actions to improve health and quality of life of

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EFA-ECC event on COPD

EFA/ECC event to mark the 2013 World COPD Day EFA in collaboration with the European COPD Coalition is preparing joint event to mark the 2013 World COPD Day and as a platform to launch the results of our COPD project – minimum standards of care for COPD patients in Europe. The conference will take place on the 28th November in the Residence Palace in Brussels. The event with the name: “What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020?

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EFA in Meetings

HEAL AGM – Getting Better Health Through a Healthier Environment On September 25 and 26, HEAL (Health and Environment Alliance), an umbrella organisation representing NGOs working in the field of health and environment, has organised its annual general assembly and celebrated its 10th anniversary with an event at the European Parliament. The event, “New horizons for better health and environment-friendly lives”, was co-hosted by four leading

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Enabling Air Travel with Oxygen in Europe

EFA Booklet:  Stop discrimination against patients on board aircrafts! For patients requiring oxygen on board planes, 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. These common practices of certain European airlines make travelling by plane stressful, challenging or even prohibitively expensive for

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EU Asthma Projects

EFA Partners in the New Project (EARIP) that Kicks off in September 2013 An exciting new European Asthma Research and Innovation Partnership (EARIP), led by Asthma UK and funded by the EU Research Programme FP7, has EFA excited after its successful kick off meeting in Barcelona on Monday, September 9th which brought together consortium members for the first time to discuss the project and its aims. EARIP seeks to lay foundations for a coordinated

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EFA Members News

Cecilia masters her asthma The Spanish association FENAER is preparing an English edition of the story "Cecilia masters her asthma". This story is written for boys and girls with asthma, as well as for their parents and caregivers. It teaches a simple breathing and relaxation technique via a children’s story; in order to make learning this technique easier. The book is accompanied by a CD that includes a recording of the story; in order to make

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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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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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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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