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#DementiaPledge2019 campaign draws to a successful close

Monday 27 May 2019

Following the European Parliament elections between 23-26 May, Alzheimer Europe’s #DementiaPledge2019 campaign has drawn to a close.

With 230 candidates signed up to the pledge, Alzheimer Europe broke its record of 219 candidates signed up in the 2014 election.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the associations who supported the campaign, contacted candidates and played an integral part in making the campaign such a success.

Additionally, we would like to thank the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) for their contributions to the campaign, helping us send strong messages to candidates that dementia needs to be a priority during the next term of the parliament.

In the coming weeks we will write to elected candidates, asking them to follow up on their commitment, as well as asking members to make contact to establish a closer connection between MEPs and national Alzheimer’s organisations, which is one of the things candidates signed up to in the Pledge.

Alzheimer Europe will also work during the summer to re-establish the European Alzheimer’s Alliance, as well as working with other civil society organisations to identify members supportive to social, health and research matters, and engage with members who signed the pledge to encourage them to help push dementia as a priority area in future EU work.

At the close of the campaign, here is the breakdown of pledgees by country (the countries in bold are the top five):

Austria

1

Belgium

4

Bulgaria

0

Croatia

3

Cyprus

1

Czech Republic

4

Denmark

2

Estonia

0

Finland

12

France

85

Germany

9

Greece

1

Hungary

4

Ireland

25

Italy

4

Latvia

1

Lithuania

0

Luxembourg

19

Malta

0

The Netherlands

1

Poland

0

Portugal

6

Romania

3

Slovakia

1

Slovenia

32

Spain

6

Sweden

1

United Kingdom

5

The Parliament will meet for the first time in plenary in July 2019 to induct the newly elected MEPs, during which time the members will elect their President.

The next step in the process will be for a candidate (likely to be the EPP Spitzkandidat Manfred Weber) to be put forward as EU Commissioner, subject to confirmation by the European Parliament, followed by the selection of the Council of Commissioners for different areas of work. The official end of the term of the Juncker Commission is October 2019.

For a detailed breakdown of the MEPs elected in each country, more information is available on the European Parliament website:

https://election-results.eu/

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