The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) at midnight CET (23:00 GMT) on the 31 December 2020. The UK has left with a UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement in place, which ensures some certainty and security and helps protect patients.
Some of the key issues the UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement covers includes:
ELF is a European organisation with an office in the UK and we want to provide reassurance that our activities and services will not be affected by Brexit. We believe it is more important than ever to work together at the European level and welcome all individuals and organisations who want to get involved in supporting people living with lung conditions and improving lung health from anywhere in Europe and across the globe.
ELF patient organisation network
ELF has a European focus, but this is not limited to the European Union member states. Therefore, organisations not in the EU, which now of course includes those based in the UK, are still welcome to be part of the ELF patient organisation network.
ELF is continuing to work on a number EU projects and will be working with new projects in the same way in the future. We are still able to pursue funding from EU sources and will continue to work hard to do so to offer the patient perspective into EU-funded projects and provide the best service we can for people with lung conditions across all of Europe. Organisations interested in working with European Respiratory Society (ERS) and ELF can continue to do so using the following form: www.europeanlung.org/en/projects-and-research/eu-projects/
European reference network (ERN)-Lung
ELF works with the Patient Advisory Group (ePAG) of the ERN-LUNG, a network which aims to provide cross border care to patients with rare diseases. The UK withdrawal from the EU will have the following implications for all ERNs, including ERN-LUNG:
However, it is important to outline that:
For more information about the impact of ERNs please check these frequently asked questions: https://ern-lung.eu/faq-2/n
Reciprocal healthcare for UK/EU citizens
Public health/health security
For more information, we recommend the following links on the post Brexit situation:
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