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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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EFA Members’ News – June 2014

Allergy awareness campaign in Copenhagen To engage public interest prior to the EAACI Congress, Astma-Allergi Danmark launched the campaign “Trapped by Allergy”, where two individuals were trapped in a box placed in front of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. The ‘prisoners’ attracted attention and handed out flyers to passers-by with information on allergy. EAACI made a presentation of the campaign. [caption id="attachment_5407" align="aligncenter"

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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: EFA event on EU innovative research

Patient involvement is a key for the success of EU innovative research for chronic diseases EFA event at the European Parliament Brussels, 23 June 2014 – 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

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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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