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COPD10 visualYou are cordially invited to attend the COPD10 conference, from 29 June to 1st of July 2016, in Birmingham, UK.

COPD10 is an International Conference dedicated to all aspects of COPD research, clinical practice and care delivery. World-renowned experts will speak about current and emerging issues and participate in lively debate and discussion.

The full programme and information for registration and accommodation are available here. Please share the information with peers and colleagues and make sure to attend.

ECC will be present as an exhibitor and would be happy to meet you there.

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Cover2The European COPD Coalition’s 2015 annual report is now available on this website for viewing and download. Readers who may have any question or request details are welcome to contact the ECC’s secretariat.

Enjoy the reading.

The Report

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Business as usual

On April 21, the European Commission hosted a stakeholder conference on chronic and non-communicable disease policy. The Commission also used the occasion to formally launch the newly formulated EU Health Policy Platform, which is intended to operate as a tool for stakeholders to engage and organise around the issues on which they have expertise.

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The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Andriukaitis, the DG’s Director, Xavier Prats-Monné, the Deputy Director, Martin Seychell, and no less than 4 heads of Unit were present and set out the Directorate General’s priorities in the field of chronic diseases, in the EU. It comes as no surprise that the latter are on:

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Logos open letter Feb16Call for clean air

Open letter by 76 public health, environmental, civil society, organic farming and animal welfare organisations on the opening of the trilogue negotiations on the National Emissions Ceilings Directive

Brussels, 22 February 2016

Dear Ministers,

Dear Commissioners,

Dear Members of the European Parliament,

This week you will be starting the trilogue negotiations for the new EU National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC).

The NEC is a unique opportunity to set the EU on track for clean air and save literally thousands of European citizens’ lives each year.

In the EU, air pollution continues to be an “invisible killer” causing 403,000 premature deaths in the year 2012 alone. Poor air quality also contributes to severe chronic disease across the lifespan including cardio-vascular and respiratory disease such as asthma, allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, impaired prenatal and early childhood development, and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, mental health, obesity and childhood leukaemia. The health-related economic costs of air pollution are estimated at between €330 – €940 billion for the EU annually, which is equivalent to 3 – 9% of the EU’s GDP. Air pollution also impacts Europe’s nature and biodiversity, agricultural yields and natural vegetation. Crop losses due to air pollution are estimated at €3 billion per year.

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PHE youtube film on COPDFor this year’s British January Smokefree campaign Public Health England (PHE) put the spotlight on COPD. The aim of the campaign is to illustrate the harm that smoking does to health, and encourage smokers to quit for good.

[source: Public Health England]

PHE released a new short film (see here and on right hand-side bar, on this website’s homepage) featuring Olympian Iwan Thomas, whose mother has recently been diagnosed with COPD. Together with 4 smokers, Iwan takes part in an experiment to illustrate the difficulties of living with advanced COPD and urges people to quit this New Year.

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