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Where is Health within Bulgaria’s Council Presidency?
From the 1st of January 2018 Bulgaria is holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The Presidency rotates between different EU member states and gives Bulgaria the opportunity  ...

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EFA calls for a better access to employment of people with chronic diseases
EFA signed the Call to Action to enhance labor opportunities for people with chronic diseases. EFA not only endorsed the Call to action but also contributed to draft it together with a Framework paper ...

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EFA Patients at BBMRI-ERIC Stakeholder Forum
EFA's Roberta Savli participated on the 25th of January in the Stakeholder Forum meeting of the BBMRI-ERIC. The meeting served to identify the priorities of action and to organize and agree on the wor ...

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European Commission proposal on HTA: good news for patients
On the 31st of January, the European Commission published a new proposal for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) cooperation in the European Union (EU)  beyond 2020. EFA welcomes this announcement ...

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Air quality: Many Member States not complying, EU softens pollution targets
Pollution is the largest health inequality in Europe and is one of EFA’s main concerns, as airways diseases patients are particularly affected by dirty air. According to the World Health Organisa ...

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EMA will organise a workshop on digital health
We wish to report on the second TC of the Digital Health Topic Group that was held by the European Medicines Agency organised in January. As Members of the group, EFA will be contributing to the task  ...

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New European Tobacco Cessation Guidelines are published
Smoking causes a great deal of respiratory diseases. It is source of nuisance and exacerbation for people with asthma, allergy; and is the main cause for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  ...

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Air pollution is everywhere, but in what form? – ERS Masterclass
Whilst the air we breathe has immediate effects on our health, the quality and control of the air depend on many factors, sometimes unknown to patients because too technical. We thank in advance the E ...

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Juncker replies to health community concerns about the future of the EU
Since before the summer, EFA together with other health non-for-profit stakeholders at European level, has been calling on the EU to do more on health as a response to the debate around the future of  ...

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Build Up Webinar: Health performance of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
EFA continue to raise awareness on indoor air pollution and the need to improve Indoor Air quality (IAQ). This time, EFA's Roberta Savli explained ‘The importance of good IAQ and ventilation’ at the B ...

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New call for projects on health for Horizon 2020
 The European Commission is committed to guarantee better health for all, and therefore every two years the DG Research and Innovation provide funding opportunities for responding to Health, Demo ...

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On World COPD Day EFA COPDMoves into political spotlight
As representative of patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), we marked the World COPD Day on the November 15th with several publications, including a political video within  ...

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Meet&Greet the EU training - Empowering EFA members on Health Technology Assessment
In November we welcomed our Member representatives to a thematic Meet&Greet the EU training that this year focused on patients’ involvement on Health Technology Assessment. The meeting gathered 10 ...

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EFA calls for the right to good indoor air quality at REHVA conference
EFA Director of Strategy and Policy Roberta Savli participated on the 14th November at the “Delivering healthy & energy efficient building with Energy performance on Buildings Directive (EPBD)” su ...

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Europe beyond coal campaign at COP 23
According to a new health impact modelling, in 2015 the EU’s coal fleet alone was responsible for an estimated 19,500 premature death, 10,000 cases of chronic bronchitis in adults and 458,000 asthma a ...

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Amsterdam will be the European city for the evaluation of medicines
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will move from London to Amsterdam (The Netherlands) by March 2019. The EMA is the EU agency in charge of medicines evaluation and safety monitoring.  The relo ...

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Patients’ empowerment in the spotlight at the European Parliament
The Politico’s Spotlight: “Prevention and patient empowerment: who, when and how?” that took place at the European Parliament on the 20th November focused on how to improve patients’ empower ...

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Indoor Air Quality vaguely covered in the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings directive
The ITRE committee of the European Parliament (Industry, Energy and Research) voted last 11th of October not to include binding provisions to improve the quality of the air in indoor spaces. The ITRE  ...

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Timid health activities planned for 2018 by the European Commission
The European Commission (EC) adopted on the 24th of October the Work Programme 2018, which sets up the EC’s priorities for next year activities. Unfortunately, health appeared not to be an immediate c ...

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The EU Public Health programme evaluation
The EU Health programme was subject of mid-term evaluation during the 20th European Health Forum Gastein that took place the 4th-6th of October. During the evaluation, Martin Seychell, Deputy Direc ...

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