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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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EFA Members news (April 2015)
This month patients associations have mobilized at national level through a wide variety of activities to raise awareness about allergy (UK), indoor air quality in schools (Sweden), asthma (Finland),  ...

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EU Policy update (April 2015)
Launch of Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma: EFA/EAACI REPORT The European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma was launched on the 25th of March. The event was co-hosted by the Inte ...

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Linking air pollution and health
In April EFA participated at the 18th meeting of the WHO Task Force on Health Effects of Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, a sharing platform that advices the United Nations Economic Commission  ...

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Pollen is in the air (March 2015)
The spring season is back and with it the increase of allergy troubles. Allergies affect more than 20% of the EU population. Today, 150 million Europeans are living with allergies, the most preva ...

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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 ...

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EU Policy update (September 2014)
Fundamental changes in the new European Commissioners College In September the new European Commissioners’ team was designated by the new President of the Commission, the Luxembourgish Jean ...

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EU Policy update (November 2013)
Horizon 2020: the new EU Research Programme On the 21st of November, the plenary of the European Parliament voted on the new EU research and innovation programme for the period 2014-2020. With a bud ...

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