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    30% of the European population lives with allergies, asthma and COPD

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    Because breathing is taken for granted, we work for better recognition of chronic respiratory diseases

EFA aspires to further empower its members towards effective, representative and independent allergy and chronic respiratory disease patient groups by creating opportunities to build members capacity.

EFA’s activities and projects aim to support our network of patient associations in order to have a strong presence, structure and voice at national levelso that their efforts can be voiced and translated into European policy.

For that purpose, we annually organise several trainings and workshops aiming to increase understanding of EU institutions as well increase the number of patients and countries represented in the EU decision making process


EFA “Meet and Greet the EU Institutions” training

EFA organises ”Meet and Greet the EU Institutions” training which aims to train members on the functioning of the European Union, as well as to provide them with opportunities to meet key policy makers and representatives from their countries operating at EU level.

The reports of the previous editions of the ”Meet and Greet the EU Institutions” training are available below:

For more information on our EU institutions training, please contact EFA EU Policy and Membership Officer Jelena Malinina (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


EFA training on the EMA

Since 2010, EFA has been member of Patients’ and Consumers’ Working Party (PCWP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Through the years EFA has been continuously involved in the activities of the agency (conferences, workshops, trainings) providing the perspective of asthma, allergy and COPD patients. To increase awareness about EMA’s role and to strengthen the network of patient’s advocates to EMA. In February 2014, we organised our first training for patient experts on allergy, asthma and COPD on how to get involved with EMA.

Please find in the following link: EMA training report.


EFA Capacity Building Project

EFA Capacity Building Project started in 2014 and was built according to the results of an internal Membership Survey. Participating members are chosen yearly regarding their interest and needs evaluation.

Our main capacity building activities to date have been the workshops that we have held in Italy, Lithuania and Portuga.

For more information on our Capacity Building Project please visit this section or contact EFA Project Officer Joke de Vocht (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).