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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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New European Parliament supports EFA Manifesto

In October 2013, EFA and its Members launched a Manifesto for the European Parliament elections, that reached many and moblised more than 1,000 people from 29 different countries to publicly support EFA’s policy asks. More than 40 candidates to the elections visited the dedicated website (http://manifesto.efanet.org/) signed and 24 were actually elected. EFA wishes to warmly thank all signatories that supported our EFA Manifesto to improve health

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EU Policy update – June 2014

Environment Council discussions on air quality legislation The debates on the clean air package are ongoing. As a background, the European Commission proposed a new package on air quality, in December 2013, including: (1)   a new clean air programme for Europe aimed to ensure that existing standards of air quality are met in the short term, and new objectives are set for the period up to 2030; (2)   a revised National Emission Ceilings Directive

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EFA is growing: AGM 2014

EFA’s Annual General Meeting and Networking Day in Brussels EFA’s 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on the 16th of June in Brussels next to the European Parliament at the Radisson Blu EU hotel. This year’s AGM welcomed three new members to EFA from Croatia, Ireland and Latvia. In addition to these new members, EFA also welcomes back Asthma UK. The members joining EFA in 2014 increase our representation to a total of 38 members in

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EFA’s Strategic Planning Session 2014

During the afternoon of June 16th, we held Strategic Planning Workshop with members to kick-start the process for developing EFA Strategic Plan 2015-2020. Members considered EFA’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), ideal added value of EFA to their organization and developed in three breakout groups EFA’s broad strategic goals and key actions for these goals (1) Access to good quality care, (2) Safe environment and (3) Participation:

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EFA in meetings – June 2014

2014 EAACI Annual Congress On 7-11 June, EFA was actively involved in the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Annual Congress celebrated in Copenhagen. EFA’s vice president Christine Rolland presented the patients’ perspective from an ethical dimension. Enabling patients’ involvement throughout the research process is vital to better understand the impact of research and treatments protocols on their quality of life

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