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EFA’s Alignment Meeting with the Maltese Asthma Society On the 28th of September, EFA’s President Breda Flood along with Executive Officer Susanna Palkonen and Membership & Programme Officer David Brennan had the opportunity to meet with the representatives of the Maltese Asthma Society (MAS) in St Julian’s, Malta. Since EFA does not have a member in Malta yet, this meeting served to present both organizations’ goals and objectives in

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EFA Meet and Greet the EU Event

EFA “Meet and Greet the European Union Institutions 2013” Training On 15th and 16th of October, EFA office in Brussels organised the 4th edition of the Meet and Greet the European Union Institutions training. This year’s training was attended by thirteen members from ten countries. The objective of the training is to introduce the European Union – its history, decision making process and health related issues in particular – to EFA members.

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EFA in Meetings

EFA was invited to allergologists’ brainstorming and guidelines committee meetings Our partner, European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology is getting up to speed on involving patient representatives in their planning and activities. EFA President Breda Flood and Susanna Palkonen attended an intensive brain-storming and team building meeting of the EAACI Executive Committee in Malta 27th of September. The following day Susanna presented

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EU Policy Updates

Tobacco Product Directive vote in European Parliament In the last issue of eZine we informed you that the debate and the vote on the Tobacco Product Directive had been postponed. The vote in the plenary took finally place on the 8th October and EU Policy Officer Roberta Savli followed it live in Strasbourg. The Parliament voted in favour of the Commission’s proposal and, especially, gave the mandate to the Rapporteur, the Member of the European

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EFA Manifesto for the EP Elections

EFA Manifesto for the European Parliament election next year EFA launched our Manifesto for the next European Parliament elections to be held in May 2014. The launch took place on the 17th October and already in two weeks time it gained almost 400 signatures. The Manifesto calls on Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to commit themselves to three priority areas that are sub-divided into fourteen actions to improve health and quality of life of

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EFA-ECC event on COPD

EFA/ECC event to mark the 2013 World COPD Day EFA in collaboration with the European COPD Coalition is preparing joint event to mark the 2013 World COPD Day and as a platform to launch the results of our COPD project – minimum standards of care for COPD patients in Europe. The conference will take place on the 28th November in the Residence Palace in Brussels. The event with the name: “What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020?

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EFA/ECC event to mark the 2013 World COPD Day

European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Associations and the The European COPD Coalition   Under the auspices of the The EU Lithuanian presidency   Invite you to celebrate:   World COPD Day 2013:   What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020?   A COPD case study of patient involvement   World COPD Day: it’s not too late…. Or is it?   Residence Palace, Brussels Thursday 28 November 2013     8.30

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EAACI and EFA Joint Statement on EP Written Declaration on allergies

EAACI and EFA Joint Statement: Written Declaration by the European Parliament on allergies Europe’s Leading Patient and Academic Groups urge the EU to Tackle Burden of Allergic Disease Proposed European Parliament Written Declaration calls for coordinated European action 23.10.2013 Brussels, Belgium - Allergic diseases affect over 150 million Europeans, of whom some are affected by severe, debilitating diseases, but these are neglected as a public

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Media Alert: EFA Manifesto for the EP election 2014

Patients with allergy and respiratory diseases ask to vote for health and prevention in EP elections 2014! European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), has today launched its Manifesto for 2014 European Parliament Elections. Aim of the Manifesto is to call on the Members of Parliament to commit themselves to three priority areas which are sub-divided into fourteen actions to improve health and quality of life

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Tobacco Products Directive vote in European Parliament

EFA Policy Officer reporting from Strasbourg Strasbourg 8 October 2013 - The European Parliament plenary voted today on the proposal for a directive on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. The Parliament voted in favour of the Commission’s proposal and, especially, gave the mandate to the Rapporteur, the Member of the European Parliament Linda McAvan (UK, S&D) to negotiate with the Council of the European

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EFA in Meetings

HEAL AGM – Getting Better Health Through a Healthier Environment On September 25 and 26, HEAL (Health and Environment Alliance), an umbrella organisation representing NGOs working in the field of health and environment, has organised its annual general assembly and celebrated its 10th anniversary with an event at the European Parliament. The event, “New horizons for better health and environment-friendly lives”, was co-hosted by four leading

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Enabling Air Travel with Oxygen in Europe

EFA Booklet:  Stop discrimination against patients on board aircrafts! For patients requiring oxygen on board planes, an ordinary flight can turn into a nightmare. The rules and prices regarding the use of oxygen on flights vary considerably between airlines in Europe, often leading to confusion for travellers. These common practices of certain European airlines make travelling by plane stressful, challenging or even prohibitively expensive for

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