EAACI and EFA welcome the European Commission’s Beating Cancer Plan that was presented in February 2020. The scope of ambition of the Plan is positive, as it takes into account prevention and care measures by addressing air pollution, chemicals, and tobacco, as well as quality of life. The Plan emphasises the need to prioritise health across all policy fields, and to remove barriers and address health inequalities.

The third edition of the newsletter from 2020 is out. As well as welcoming new members to the Interest Group, it covers EU policy developments with health as a top priority to address immediate and long-term needs.

You can read it here.

On the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on 7 September 2020, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma reminds the importance of air quality for human health and the key role of the European Green Deal in ensuring clean, breathable air for all, reducing the number of deaths and diseases from environmental pollution and mitigating the impact of climate change.

The July edition of the Interest Group's "Allergy and Asthma Exchange" in 2020 is out. Amongst others, the issue covers the new EU4Health Programme and introduces the Interest Group's Statement on the European Green Deal.

The close links between COVID-19 and air pollution, conclusions of the Council of the EU on air quality, the implications of the European Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy, the European Human Exposome Network and more updates on allergy and asthma health are covered in the second Interest Group newsletter of 2020.

The first 2020 edition of the Interest Group's "Allergy and Asthma Exchange" is now available. This issue introduces the renewed composition of the Interest Group and captures its first policy event of the new Parliamentary term, in addition to covering latest allergy and asthma health updates from Europe. 

The European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma convened its first meeting of the 2019-2024 legislature on 20 November 2019, laying out the route to policy successes in Europe for allergy and asthma research, prevention and quality management.

Hosted by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Sirpa Pietikäinen and Cristian-Silviu Bușoi, leading Interest Group members, the meeting explored policy improvements to address two of the most prevalent chronic diseases, which affect one in three Europeans and represent an ever-growing burden on societies and healthcare systems.

You are cordially invited to the annual meeting of the Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, the first one into the 9th legislative term.

The event will discuss a new direction for allergy and asthma health in Europe, through thematic sessions looking at action across key policy areas.

The second edition of the Interest Group's "Allergy and Asthma Exchange" is now available. This issue captures latest activities of the Interest Group including a policy event in the European Parliament in March and the launch of the Interest Group's Blueprint, as well as news from the European Medicines Agency, the World Health Organisation and many more from across Europe. 

Air pollution is a public health emergency killing 391,000 people in the EU and being responsible for the onset and worsened symptoms of many chronic diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or eczema.