European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma

10th December 2020

Around 13.5 million people in the EU live with asthma or allergies. It is estimated that, by 2025, one in two European will be living with an allergy including food allergies. The European Allergy and Asthma Youth Parliament has advanced policy recommendations to the European Parliament to assist and guide policy-makers with respect to allergy and asthma.

The key recommendations are:

  • Information, involving young people with allergy and asthma in policy decisions that affect their health, which includes a better appreciation of their needs and priorities as well as supporting awareness at local levels.
  • Prevention, ensuring healthy environments that do not compromise citizens’ lives. Specific recommendations include reducing air pollution and harmful emissions, and harmonisation of precautionary allergen labelling on prepacked food across the EU.
  • Care, specifically digitalising disease management for flexible and affordable treatment and care, facilitating establishment of a broad EU-level regulatory framework for online consultations and digital monitoring applications, and better integration of the youth perspective to enable personalised approaches for diagnosis, treatment, and care.

The digital launch of recommendations “Growing up with Allergy and Asthma”, co-hosted by the Members of the European Parliament, Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI) and Tilly Metz (GREENS, LU), was organised by the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma. This is an informal group of MEPs committed to policy actions addressing unmet needs of individuals with allergy and asthma at the EU level. It serves as a forum to share expertise and align interests, engaging with EU policymakers and stakeholders about allergy and asthma health and strives to a source of good data for evidence-based policy making. It was launched in March 2015 as a result of a long-standing collaboration between the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), and a group MEPs who are committed to allergy and asthma care and treatment in Europe. For further information, visit here.

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