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Alzheimer Europe holds Public Affairs meeting in Luxembourg

Wednesday 09 July 2014

On 9 July, Alzheimer Europe (AE) held a Public Affairs meeting in Luxembourg. Seventeen representatives from sixteen AE member organisations and five AE staff members attended.

During the day, AE colleagues presented updates on the following topics:

  • Current status of the AE’s ongoing projects - Clinical Trial Watch, Policy Watch and 2014 Dementia in Europe Yearbook (national care pathways for people with dementia).
  • Update on the composition of the new European Parliament and the strategy to be followed over the next months in order to reconstitute the European Alzheimer’s Alliance
  • The G7 legacy event held in June 2014; the role of AE in this global initiative and the actions to be taken by AE and its members.

In addition, delegates discussed the possibility of launching a new Declaration during the forthcoming AE Conference in Glasgow in October. All delegates showed their support for this initiative.

Kate Ellis, AE Communications Officer talked about AE experiences of using social media in campaigning activities, with a focus on Twitter and presenters from Finland, Ireland and the UK shared their orgainsations’ experiences of national campaigning activities and of lessons learned. The examples provided by these countries showed that social media is a very powerful tool for campainging but that personal contact is still an essential element of a successful campaign.

To finish the meeting, each AE member represented at the meeting provided an update on their latest campaign work.

The next Public Affairs meeting will be held in Brussels on 3 December.