Early this year, WHO Europe established the high-level Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, an independent and interdisciplinary group of experts led by ex-Italy Prime Minister Mario Monti. The Commission’s goals were to review and rethink policy priorities in Europe around health while drawing on lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated health inequalities across Europe, including for those living with allergy, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). To understand how to address this and redefine policy priorities to reduce inequalities, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe has formed a Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development led by experts and leaders in health.

EFA held a Young Patient’s Ambassadors training as part of our Capacity Building Programme. This training was designed for young patient advocates to deepen their knowledge of the European Union, and to harness skills in public speaking to advocate for their unique needs as young people living with allergy and asthma.