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Joint letter to Ministers for Environment with Public Health recommendations for strong NEC Directive
Ahead of the ENVI Council meeting on 16th December, EFA joined a number of charities in sending a joint letter to Health & Environment ministers on 10th December.  The letter urged  ...

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2015 Report on Air Quality in Europe – Considerable Impact of poor air quality on Human Health
A new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) presents an overview and analysis of air quality in Europe, with a focus on 2013. 2013 is the latest year for which there are available  ...

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Webinar on the Future of Vehicle Testing
On the 5th of November, EFA took part in a webinar organised by Transport and Environment (T&E).  Established in 1990, T&E represents around 50 organisations across Europe, mostly enviro ...

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Asthma Society calls on Ireland to adopt World Health Organisation’s Air Quality Standards
The Asthma Society of Ireland highlighted the significant failings in the monitoring of air quality in Ireland at the launch of their 2015 Clean Air Campaign on 23rd November in the College of Medicin ...

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The Campaign for Clean Air, Update on NEC Vote
Over 400,000 people die prematurely each year because of air pollution, and the European Commission estimates that the health-related costs in the EU range from 390 to 940 billion euros per year.  ...

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Health and Environmental Alliance Annual General Assembly
On the 28th and 29th of October, Senior EU Policy Advisor Roberta Savli and Treasurer of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) participated in their Annual General Assembly in Brussels. The two-d ...

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Environmental Determinants Working Group October Update
On the 7th of October, EFA Environmental Determinants Working Group held a teleconference to discuss the unmet needs of people with allergy, asthma and COPD. Members identified actions needed and w ...

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Press Release: Will the European Parliament confirm its commitment to clean air & better health?
Air pollution is often considered as an environmental issue, rather than a health matter when in fact over 400,000 Europeans die prematurely from the effects of air pollution every year. This is 10 ti ...

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Perfume free: new national campaign by Nordic patients
In October EFA Member Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation will launch it's perfume free week, a campaign shared with other nordic sister associations in Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. T ...

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Innovation, air quality and food labelling, the priorities to follow after the summer
It is been one year the Comission and Parliament started their mandates and until the end of 2015 this time will be translated into new policy developments important for patients. We will follow close ...

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World Allergy Association statement on climate change, allergy and asthma
The prevalence of allergic airway diseases such as asthma and rhinitis has increased dramatically to epidemic proportions worldwide. Besides air pollution from industry derived emissions and motor veh ...

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More than 60 NGOs ask for clean air - NEC Recommendations
On 15 July 2015, the European Parliament Commitee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on Julie Girling’s report concerning the revised National Emission Ceilings (NE ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Environment targets should meet health priorities at the European Parliament
The ENVI Committee has a key opportunity to vote for cleaner air Brussels, 13 July 2015 – On Wednesday, the 15th of July, the European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Saf ...

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Clean air is of supreme importance to our health and environment –European Parliament Group on Allergy and Asthma
On the 1st of July, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma met to discuss how air quality affects EU citizens’ health and how allergy and asthma – which are among the top chronic ...

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Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands pursued because of poor air quality
EU regulators are referring Belgium and Bulgaria to the Court of Justice over the quality of their air, which poses a major risk to health. The European Union has also issued a final warning to Sweden ...

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Feasible measures to protect our health and environment from climate change
Climate change is impacting our lives more than we think. The most obvious health impact of a warming climate is, of course, more dangers from extreme heat, to which people with respiratory disease ar ...

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Bulgarian patients ask for clean air for better lung health
EFA Member ABBA (Association of Bulgarians with Bronchial Asthma, Allergy and COPD) was invited to participate on a live show on national TV Channel 7. ABBA’s president Diana Hadzhiangelova talked abo ...

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PRESS RELEASE: International Ragweed Day 2015
[French version below] More Europeans will be allergic to pollen if no measure is taken to reduce exposure Brussels, 24 June 2015, ahead of INTERNATIONAL RAGWEED DAY – Climate change is a result o ...

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ATOPICA Results: The air concentrations of allergenic ragweed pollen could quadruple in Europe by 2050
Early this year, EU-funded Project Atopica presented its final results: were published! The main aim of the project was to further understand how global and regional climate, land use and air quality  ...

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World leaders adopt the first ever resolution on air pollution and health
On the 18th-26th of May, world health leaders gathered in Geneva for the 68thsession of the World Health Assembly (WHA). Delegates at the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to address the heal ...

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