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Council adopts conclusions on chronic respiratory diseases

The Council of the European Union, which represents EU Member States, has unanimously adopted conclusions at ministerial level on “prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic respiratory diseases in children”. These conclusions are now translated in all the 23 official languages of the European Union and available here, by following the link and selecting the language required.

Although the conclusions are not legally binding they represent a political milestone for the recognition of chronic respiratory diseases as a crucial health problem.

This political recognition at the EU level of the burden caused by chronic obstructive diseases is of fundamental importance for EFA. By inviting MSs to take into consideration chronic obstructive diseases in national, regional and/or local health programmes and with the objective of increasing public awareness, these draft conclusions address EFA’s concerns and will help to achieve its aims.

The draft conclusions are a consequence of the experts’ conference organised by the EU Polish Presidency on the “prevention and control of children asthma and allergy in EU from public health point of view: urgent need to fill the gap,” held in Warsaw-Ossa (Poland) on the 21st-22nd of September 2011.

For further information, please contact Roberta Savli, EFA EU Policy and Project Officer Roberta.savli@efanet.org Council of the European Union, which represents EU Member States, has unanimously adopted conclusions at ministerial level on “prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic respiratory diseases in children”. These conclusions are now translated in all the 23 official languages of the European Union and available here, by following the link and selecting the language required.

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