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EFA – Annual General Meeting 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA) which took place on 16 June in Brussels, welcomed four new patient organisations from Croatia, Ireland and Latvia and welcomed back Asthma UK. In addition, Isabel Saraiva, from the Portuguese organisation RESPIRA, was elected to replace Ms Lina Buzermanienė as new EFA Board Member.

The AGM approved a change in the membership structure of EFA permitting further organisations to join in coming years even if they are unable to pay the membership fee immediately. A potential member can receive a ‘trial membership’ for a maximum of two years during which they can search for funding to pay the full membership.

Trial members will not have the same rights in EFA’s official activities and must demonstrate efforts to allocate the membership fee annually to the AGM if they are unable to do so. EFA hopes this new structure attracts further applications in coming years from newly developing patient organisations as well as those with very low incomes.

The AGM also examined and approved EFA annual report 2013, accounts 2013 and workplan and budget 2014. The reports from 2013 will be available soon on our website.

During the members networking morning the next day, EFA’s food allergy, allergy, asthma and COPD working groups had short meetings to discuss EFA disease specific projects. EFA’s Roberta Savli also introduced the composition of the new European Parliament in view of members starting to engage with their MEPs as early as possible, and using the EFA Manifesto as a tool.

Originally posted on 24 July 2014

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