Dushana Zdravkova (Bulgaria)
MEPs speak out on dementia
Dushana Zdravkova (Bulgaria) talks to AE about her priorities for the European elections (May 2009)
In the run up to the elections, Alzheimer Europe asked Members of the European Parliament the following questions:
1. As the mandate of this European Parliament draws to a close, we would be very interested in hearing which you consider to be the key accomplishments of this Parliament which had a direct impact on people with Alzheimer’s disease and their carers?
2. After the European Parliament elections in June, which are the main policy initiatives that will be important for people with dementia and their carers?
3. If you are re-elected, do you have any personal priorities that would be of particular interest to people with dementia and their carers?
Dushana Zdravkova: The current European Parliament adopted number of documents concerning Alzheimer's disease, the most recent of which is the Written Declaration of February 2009 on the priorities in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Although the fight against the disease has always been on the Parliament's agenda, the focus was on research and development of new medicines. With this Declaration, we stressed that the scope of our policies should be broadened and include also the improvement of quality of life and providing support for the associations working on this issue. However, in my opinion, the inclusion of carers in finding solutions is key. Being closest to the people affected by Alzheimer' disease, they are central to successful implementation of any strategy or solution.
The next European Parliament will have to tackle many challenges with the final ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by all Member-States on top. Some may say that there are more pressing issues than fighting Alzheimer's disease, but the most democratic European Institution cannot leave more than 6 million Europeans on their own. For this reason I believe that the task for the next Parliament will be to provide the financial means for implementation of the task and policies we have developed over the past five years.
Throughout my whole political career I have strived to help the people in need and in particular those with Alzheimer's disease. I have always tried to provide lasting and sustainable legislative solutions in order to ease their lives. If I am reelected in the next European Parliament, my priorities will be first securing additional resources for early diagnosis of the disease and, second, assisting non-governmental organisations working in the field in order to increase the awareness of Alzheimer's disease.
Last Updated: Tuesday 27 March 2012