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On the 3rd of March the European Commission launched the Europe 2020 strategy proposal. It aims at getting Europe out of the economic crisis, and at preparing the economy for the next decade through 3…

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In 2008 the Commission made a proposal on information to patients/public on prescription-only medicines. The proposal aims at 'improving and harmonizing provision of non promotional high quality infor…

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n January 2010 the European Medicine Agency (EMA) made available the draft of its road map “The Agency’s Contribution to Science, Medicines and Health” for a public consultation which will last until…

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The national campaign “walking Race against COPD” has been launched on the 31st of January in Marseille, France. The aim is to call public attention to COPD and to explain the meaning of this term and …

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In May, Associazione Italiana Pazienti BPCO is organising ‘Breathe Day’ - Festa del Respiro, a local initiative of their member associations in Manziana and Frascati in Rome. The objective…

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Following our article on this topic in March issue of this e-zine, EFA sent a policy brief on “the Commission proposal on provision of food information to consumers” for members and an explanatory doc…

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The joint EFA and Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)“Know your air for health” websiteis now available in Frenchand Czechin addition to English, Finnish, Italian and Lithuanian. It gives informati…

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The theme of the Conference was “Protecting children’s health in a changing environment”. Health and environment ministers from 53 countries, and the European Commissioner for health and consumer poli…

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In March 2010 EFA became full member of the Patients and Consumers Working Party (PCWP) at the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The EMA is a decentralised body of the European Union responsible for th…

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EFA involved in U-BIOPRED project on understanding severe asthma better

EFA is a partner in an EU research project on severe asthma the U-BIOPRED (Unbiased Biomarkers for the Prediction of Respiratory…

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The Asthma Society of Ireland’s Demonstration Project was highlighted last month in the 2010 National Service Plan as part of a programmatic approach to tackling asthma as a chronic disease in b…

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Are organizations representing people with allergy, asthma and COPD involved in reimbursement and health technology assessment processes? How are decisions made? Thee 14th EFA Conference 28-29 May in …

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EFA collaborated in the EPF’s Value Plus Project, which consisted in exchanging information, experiences and best practices on the involvement of patients and patient organisations in EU supported hea…

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The European Council adopted on the 30th of November a recommendation on smoke free environments. It recommends that EU Member States comply before the end of 2012 with article 8 of the the WHO framew…

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In its proposal for regulation on "provision of food information to consumers", the European Commission proposes that all food containing allergenic substances must be labeled, whereas in the current…

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The Spanish Presidency has the following priorities in health: the reduction of inequalities in health, continuing care and clinical excellence, particularly in non-communicable diseases, e-Health (th…

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The Lisbon Treaty offers new opportunities for action by the European Union in the field of health. It preserves the competence of Member States on public health policy, but when common safety concern…

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The Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation and its’ member associations organize yearly Allergy Week in April 12th-18th. As before, we meet people in shopping centres and all around the country.…

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EFA Board Member Lina Buzermaniene spoke about learning to live with chronic respiratory diseases during this event that was hosted by MEP Jorgo Chatzimarkakis. The objective of the meeting was to hig…

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44 million people in Europe have COPD and that number continues to increase, therefore incentive to raise awareness and fight this disease at European level are needed. EFA event will be hosted by MEP …

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