Commission responds to questions on national dementia plans
Monday 07 November 2011
On 7 November, the European Commission (EC) responded to a Written Question dealing with national dementia plans from Ms Elżbieta Łukacijewska, MEP (Poland). Her questions were as follows:
- what does the EC think of existing measures taken by the Member States to implement national plans to combat brain diseases and neurodegenerative diseases?
- how many Member States have introduced or are drawing up such plans?
- will the EC publish a report detailing the most effective solutions, with a view to encouraging other countries to adopt such plans?
The reply came from Mr Dalli, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy:
"The communication from the Commission to the Parliament and the Council on a European initiative on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias [in 2009] established the basis for the Commission to address Alzheimer and other dementias. The Commission intends to produce an implementation report on progress made under this communication in 2013.
"The main underlying activity in this context is the joint Action between the Commission and the Member States on ‘Alzheimer Cooperative Valuation in Europe’ (ALCOVE). This initiative maps existing and emerging good practices related to early detection and care for persons suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and improves the dissemination and application of such practices.
"The Commission does not dispose of detailed information on the drawing up of national plans to combat brain diseases and neurological diseases."
The full text of the reply can be found at:
The written question is available at: