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EFA Patients took the floor at the ERS Congress 2014

Among the 22,000 delegates that assisted to the latest European Respiratory Society Congress (ERS) that took place from 6 to 10 September in Munich, 28 European and national patients’ organisations participated, represented by 44 individuals, many of them were patient representatives from the EFA network. As in past editions, the ERS proved to be a perfect occasion to share patients’ views with other international organisations, healthcare professionals

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EU Policy update – September 2014

Fundamental changes in the new European Commissioners College In September the new European Commissioners’ team was designated by the new President of the Commission, the Luxembourgish Jean Claude Junker. Before the new Commissioners’ College start sworking from 1st of November, the designated candidates will go through the European Parliament’s hearings and approval procedure. The new Commission present essential changes of interest for EFA’s

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EFA Member news – September 2014

EFA met with the German Allergy and Asthma Association On September the 10th, EFA met with representatives of the German Allergy and Asthma Association - Deutscher Allergie- und Asthmabund e.V. (DAAB) to share current activities and explore potential collaboration in the future. The organization is the eldest European patient organization focused on allergy and asthma, already existing since 1897 and has developed a wide collection of successes over

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EU Projects update – September 2014

EARIP in action More than 20 partners’ representatives gathered during the ERS Congress to present Work Packages evolution of European Asthma Research Innovation Partnership (EARIP) and several workshops held by EARIP on fundamental issues in asthma care, such as diagnosis and self-management tools. EFA’s Susanna Palkonen presented in the partners meeting on the status of the literature review on national asthma programmes, which has been drafted

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EFA in events – September 2014

EMA Patients’ and Consumers’ Working Party In the last Patients’ and Consumers’ Working Party meeting that took place in London on September 16, EFA, represented by Lina Buzermaniene, was pleased to witness that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will  involve patients into the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) work after several formal requests from patient organisations. For the time being, patients involvement into

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Press Release: Better food labelling is key to save lives

Better food labelling is key to save lives from food allergy reactions in Europe EU measures on food labelling will improve allergen information but challenges remain Brussels, 2nd October 2014 –Ahead of the entry into force of the new EU food information to consumers regulation, key representatives from the EU institutions, national food safety and health authorities, healthcare practitioners, food industry and patients met at the European Parliament

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EFA 2013 Annual Report published

"United we are stronger", EFA President Breda Flood The year 2013 was a milestone for EFA as both the team and EFA Members set up the basis for future work. On the policy side, EFA launched its own Manifesto for the 2014 European Parliament elections, in an effort to bring to the political scene more visibility to EFA’s asks and fields of activity. In that sense, our advocacy initiatives were inspired by the guidelines presented on the Manifesto,

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EFA in Events – Summer 2014

EFA’s activity at the ERS Congress in Munich EFA will be active during European Respiratory Society Congress that will take place in Munich from the 6-10 September 2014. Apart from participating in the meetings concerning the EU projects where we are partners, namely EARIP, U-BIOPRED and AirPROM, we will hold: -         An EFA Alignment meeting with respiratory patient groups, on Monday 8 September, from 13h00 to 15h00, in room 2.251 (ICM 2nd

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EFA Projects update – Summer 2014

COPD Project Update EFA has included future actions for the 2013 Oxygen Harmonisation Project within its 2014 COPD Project. As a result, this project update presents developments and progress on all actions concerning the COPD Project this year. EFA to Present Conclusions of Oxygen Harmonisation Project at ERS Congress 2014 EFA’s Fundraising and Project Manager, Dr. Antje-H. Fink-Wagner, will present the findings of our 2013 publication ‘Enabling

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EU Policy update – Summer 2014

New leaders of the European Institutions We left you before the summer break with updates on the composition of the new European Parliament coming out from the elections of May 2014. As from July, interesting developments took place at the European Parliament. Martin Shultz (Socialists and Democrats, Germany) was re-elected as the European Parliament’s President for the next 2.5 years. In addition, 20 Committees were formed and their chairs elected. 

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EFA Members news – Summer 2014

Annual EFA training for members on the EU coming up in October “Meet and Greet the EU Institutions” is EFA’s annual training available for members on the functioning of the European Union and its policies that affect people with asthma, allergy and COPD and how to use EFA membership on getting involved and having impact. This year, the training will take place on the week of 13th-17th October (the exact days to be confirmed) and will focus

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MEPs, it’s time for cleaner air!

Pollution in Brussels EU quarter Air pollution is a huge problem across Europe. Every year 400,000 people die prematurely because of poor air quality. Sensitive and vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, children, the elderly and those already suffering from respiratory and other serious illnesses or from low income groups are particularly affected. The European Parliament has the power to change that and limit our exposure to air pollution. This

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