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World COPD Day 2014

"Air travel for patients requiring oxygen should be facilitated, not hindered", says EFA President Breda Flood More than 3.5 million people need medical oxygen in Europe and many are advised by their doctors to move to regions with temperate climates that will ease the symptoms of their disease. However the free movement of people around the EU Member States is a nightmare for severe respiratory patients. EFA has documented that air travelling with

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EU Policy update (November 2014)

European Commission structural changes affecting public health The new European Commission has started its work as from the 1st November launching the final decision on the organisation of responsibilities of the Members of the Commission. According to this decision, the Directorate General Health and Consumers (SANCO) will be led by the Health and Food Safety Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, who will be responsible for relations with: The Community

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EFA in Events (November 2014)

Meetings with the European Medicines Agency On the 25th November, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) organised a training session for patients and consumers involved in EMA activities. EFA was represented by Junior EU Policy Officer Jelena Malinina and EFA Member and President of the Association of Parents of Asthmatic Children of Zagreb Silvio Šanko. The training provided a comprehensive overview of the EMA activities, patients’ involvement

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EFA Members news (November 2014)

As part of our Membership strategy, in October and November we met with potential members in Hungary, associations representing people with allergy and respiratory diseases in the United Kingdom, and had the opportunity to discuss patient representation in Turkey. The purpose of these meetings is two-fold: expand EFA’s representativeness an thereby the allergy, asthma and COPD patient voice at the European level and aligning at the national level

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Capacity Building Project update

Meeting with RESPIRA, Portuguese EFA Member On November 15, EFA representatives travelled to Lisbon to meet with 14 members of EFA’s member organisation RESPIRA, including recently appointed EFA Board Member Isabel Saraiva. RESPIRA is the national Portuguese Association of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other Chronic Respiratory Diseases that is run by 10 volunteers. This young organization, founded in 2007, aims

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EU Air Quality at stake

 Latest developments on the Clean Air Package negotiations While the process of preparation of the European Commission work plan for 2015 is taken place now, EFA, together with its long-standing partners Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS), has addressed a public health letter to the President of the Commission Juncker, to the First Vice-President Timmermans and to the Commissioners for Health, Andriukaitis,

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Press Release: World COPD Day 2014

Air travel for patients requiring oxygen should be facilitated, not hindered On the World COPD Day, EFA calls on European air travel authorities to rule on the use of medical oxygen on airports and plane cabins November 19, World COPD Day, Brussels – More than 3.5 million people need medical oxygen in Europe (1) and many are advised by their doctors to move to regions with temperate climates that will ease the symptoms of their disease. However

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EFA members Meet and Greet the new European Parliament

This year 2014 has been earmarked with the European Parliament’s elections and the nomination of the new College of Commissioners. To discuss these changes, as well as the new challenges and opportunities they represent for people with allergy, asthma and COPD, EFA organised the fifth Meet and Greet training for members. On the 13th and 14th of October 2014, 11 representatives from 7 EFA member organisations and Lung Cancer Europe (Luce) gathered

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EFA Capacity Building Project update

In October 2014 EFA launched a brand-new own project called EFA Capacity Building Project aimed at bringing its members  into a position to contribute to run their own projects and organizations more effectively at national level while improving their ability to become involved in EFA projects. Capacity Building Meeting in Florence The first Capacity Building meeting took place in Florence, Italy (October 4-5), where EFA met FederASMA and ALLERGIE

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EFA Members news (October 2014)

The Finnish Pulmonary Association Heli launches a video with healthy tips A few days ago, European clocks felt back an hour to mark the end of the European summer time: with the change, we can enjoy an extra hour of the morning light. For EFA Member the Finnish Pulmonary Association Heli this hour should not only serve to save energy, but also to invest in our health. The association has launched a nice campaign encouraging respiratory patients

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EFA at the European Health Forum Gastein (October 2014)

With its three-day programme, the European Health Forum Gastein is the leading annual event for  EU health policy serving as a platform for policy-makers and stakeholders to discuss about needs and latest developments in the field of health. As 2014 is a crucial year for European politics in general and for health policy in Europe in particular due to the European Parliament elections and the nomination of a new College of Commissioners, the topic

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EU Policy Update (October 2014)

October was busy in Europe! The new European Commission was approved by the European Parliament, the discussion on the Clean Air Package is getting more intense, the European Medicines Agency improved the database on reporting adverse drug reactions, and EFA together with European Network for Smoking and Tobacco prevention published a guide on e-cigarettes addressed to the EU Member States.   The European Commission 2014-2019 is confirmed! On

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