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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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Last word of the European Parliament on the tobacco products directive

Today, the plenary of the European Parliament has 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) have accepted the compromise reached last December by the rapporteur of the directive in the European Parliament, Mrs McAvan MEP, with the then Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. No further amendments were proposed and therefore

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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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EFA Events

Baltic Alignment Meeting in Vilnius On 15 February, the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius will be hosting EFA’s meeting with patient associations of Baltic countries representing patients with allergy, asthma and COPD. The objective is to establish or renew relationship between EFA and these organisations from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The EFA will be represented by Board Member Lina Buzermaniene, David Brennan and Jan Meissner. The agenda will

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EU Project Update

EARIP Consortium Meets and defines steps towards European Asthma Research and Innovation Partnership On January 21st, EFA Executive Officer Susanna Palkonen along with EFA Programme and Membership Manager David Brennan attended a meeting in London at the Asthma UK headquarters with other consortium members of the European Asthma Research and Innovation Partnership (EARIP). At the meeting, each Work Package (WP) presented its current progress and

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EFA in 2014

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters of EFA, I am happy to inform that this year EFA is receiving an operational grant from the European Commission Health Programme, covering 60% of our core activities as an organisation. We are very grateful and take it as a recognition that it is important to represent people with allergy, asthma and COPD at the European level, and the participation of national patient groups in EU policy making. At the same

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Member News

FENAER’s Activities in December On Thursday the 5th of December, FENAER participated in a meeting along with other members of the Spanish Patients Forum to advise on the consequences of budget cuts brought by the government of Mariano Rajoy in Spain and how it could affect patients with chronic diseases. It was agreed the measures are provoking “many sick people” to abandon their treatments as they can no longer cover their costs. For example,

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EU Policy Updates

EU Ministers of Health discussing patients’ safety and health  On December 10, in the framework of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) configuration of the Council of the EU, the Health Ministers of the 28 European Union Member States reviewed the state of play in on-going legislative dossiers, namely the package on Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices, the negotiations between the co-legislators

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