An important initiative regarding allergies has opened in the European Parliament.
A group of eleven MEPs from different countries and political groups has submitted a proposal to raise awareness of allergies as a public health concern at a European level.
This is in the form of a Written Declaration, a short non-legislative text in which the European Parliament calls on the other EU institutions to take action.
The proposed Written Declaration on allergies calls on the European Commission to promote a coordinated European response encompassing national programmes, training, treatments and research.
It is now open for signatures for a three-month period, and must achieve the backing of a majority of the European Parliament by 21 January 2014 to be adopted – a total of 384 MEPs.
We believe that an adopted Written Declaration on allergies would be a valuable tool with which to approach national policymakers and to impress on them that allergies are serious diseases which require a public policy response. The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’s (EAACI) have invited the Anaphylaxis Campaign’s CEO, Lynne Regent to individually write to 384 MEPs to state our support of this declaration. These letters have been sent.
If you would also like to get involved please ask your MEP to sign the declaration. All the details are on this link http://www.eaaci.org/activities/written-declaration-on-allergies.html Sample text for your email can be found here.