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Members of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance reflect on making dementia a European priority

Friday 22 February 2019

The current political and policy context means there will be a lot of significant developments in a short space of time, including changes to the Commissioners, the ongoing negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) which determines the future budgets of the EU (including the place of health) and the future Horizon Europe (2021-2027) research programme. This provides both opportunities and challenges for dementia as a European priority. With the European elections approaching in May 2019 and the Commission entering its final year, Alzheimer Europe has reflected on the progress made at a European level over the past 5 years and invited members of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance (EAA) to reflect and share their thoughts on:

  • What they considered as the key achievements at an EU level in the recognition of dementia as a European priority.
  • What they believed the European Union could do to further support people with dementia and their carers in future health, research and social programmes.
  • What they saw as the greatest achievement/contribution of the EAA over the past five years.

In total, 10 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) shared their thoughts, including Vice Chair of the EAA, Sirpa Pietikäinen. Members highlighted progress in a number of areas, including highlighting specific areas of work to date, including the dementia-specific funding as part of Horizon2020, the Work Life Balance initiative and the EU Joint Action on Dementia. Looking to the future, members also identified the need for a greater focus on dementia as part of Horizon Europe, as well as fostering collaboration across policy, health, social and research disciplines. You can read the full comments from members in the February edition of the Dementia in Europe magazine, available at: https://www.alzheimer-europe.org/Publications/Dementia-in-Europe-magazines

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