EFA-Live: EU launches Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan
On February 4th, the European Commission presented “Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan”, one of the cornerstones of its health policy for the new legislative period 2019-2024. Cancer, which directly affects ...

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EFA-Live: Air Pollution and Health - EFA at air quality conference
On 21-22 January, EFA attended a conference on “air pollution and health: recent advances to inform the European Green Deal.” The event which built around keynotes and moderated discussions, was org ...

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EFA-Live: EFA’s new Roadmap – #ShowLeadership in 2020
Show you care about patients, show leadership! This is how the allergy, asthma and COPD patient community kick-starts the new decade. With a new roadmap and full of energy, EFA continues advocating to ...

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Joint letter calling concrete clean air steps in European Commission’s 2020 Work Programme
EFA, together with seven other civil society organisations active in the field of health and environment, has sent a letter to Exececutive Vice-Presidents Frans Timmermans and Valdis Dombrovskis, and  ...

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A Roadmap to patient safety, access to healthcare and eradicating inequalities
In connection with the #ShowLeadership campaign and our recently published ACCESS report, EFA organised an event in the Strasbourg European Parliament, hosted by Member of the European Parliament (MEP ...

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EFA continues to #ShowLeadership for people living with allergies, asthma and COPD
In 2019, EFA launched the #ShowLeadership campaign to encourage relevant stakeholders – including patients and caregivers, healthcare professionals and policymakers – to take action and address the ch ...

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EU takes the step towards clean air and a greener Europe!
The Commission releases the Ambient Air Quality Directives Fitness Check report… At the end of November, the European Commission unveiled the long-awaited report of the fitness check of the EU Air Q ...

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COPD: Substances at work have same effect as smoking
EFA member Long Fonds has published results of a research indicating that substances at work can cause COPD when being inhaled. The study carried out by Marike Boezen of UMC Groningen claims that “the ...

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Outdoor public places smoke-free in Sweden
The Swedish government banned smoking in outdoor public places from July 1st. The following places should now be smoke-free: entrances to public buildings, places waiting for public transport, outdoor ...

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Evaluation of the EU Environmental Action Programme: indoor and outdoor air quality failing
On May 15, the European Commission released its evaluation of the 7th Environmental Action Programme (EAP), which entered into force in 2014 and runs until 2020. This programme is crucial for the heal ...

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EFA at the EU Green Week 2019
The implementation of environmental legislation was also the main topic of this year’s EU Green Week, which took place in several cities across Europe between 13 and 17 May. EFA participated in three  ...

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World Asthma Day: European grassroots initiatives to connect with the asthma community
On May 7th, airways diseases patients celebrated World Asthma Day all over the globe to raise awareness for the disease. In Europe, EFA communicated about current problems related to access to diagnos ...

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Event report of the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma published
On 20th March, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, co-run by EFA and EAACI, organised at the European Parliament a Breakfast Policy Meeting on a renewed EU policy agenda on a ...

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15 EU countries fail to submit their National Air Pollution Control Programme
More than half of EU member states did not meet a key deadline in late April to submit their national air pollution programmes, an obligation under the National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive. Ad ...

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New outdoor air quality factsheet by Allergy UK
EFA Member, Allergy UK, has published an outdoor air quality factsheet. The quick guide provides all necessary information on how outdoor air quality links to allergy, where air pollution comes from a ...

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World Asthma Day in Italy
EFA Member, Federasma e Allergie Onlus Italia, attended a press conference on new initiatives for Asthma in the Gemelli Hospital, affiliated with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Rome. The ...

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Allergy UK: Allergy Awareness Week
On April 29th, EFA Member Allergy UK kicks off its Allergy Awareness Week, focusing on “Air Quality – the allergens around us”. The patient organisation aims to raise awareness about the impacts of po ...

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EFA calls for a European Air Quality strategy at the European Health Parliament
EFA was invited to bring the perspective of allergy and airways diseases patients to a debate on environment and human health at the 3rd Plenary of the European Health Parliament, an advocacy forum co ...

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Environmental agency calls for action to protect Europeans from air pollution and noise
Better alignment of social and environment policies and improved local action is necessary to tackle environmental justice issues. These are the results of a report issued by the European Environment  ...

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COP24 reports how much climate change and fossil fuels harm our respiratory health
The World Health Organisation (WHO) COP24 special report on health and climate change shows that climate change undermines people’s access to clean air, safe drinking-water, sufficient food and secure ...

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