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Sirpa Pietikainen MEP submits written question on dementia

Thursday 01 October 2020

European Alzheimer’s Alliance Chairperson, Sirpa Pietikainen MEP (EPP, Finland), has submitted a written question to the European Commission asking about the place of dementia in the future priorities of the EU. The question submitted was as follows:

According to Alzheimer Europe’s Dementia in Europe Yearbook 2019, based on UN 2018 population estimates, there are 7,853,705 people living with dementia in the European Union. Primarily as a result of the ageing demographics in Europe, by 2050, this figure will almost double to 14,298,671. The distinct and needs of people with dementia (of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form), mean it requires specific consideration as an issue in its own right, beyond being grouped under broader categories of mental health or non-communicable diseases.

  • Where does the Commission envisage dementia being placed in future EU workstreams (including in the EU4Health Programme, the Health cluster of the Horizon Europe research programme, the Green paper on Ageing etc.)?
  • Will the Commission undertake further coordinated action on dementia as it has done in the past, e.g. through the European Initiative on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and if not, the rationale behind this?
  • How is the Commission working with the WHO European Regional Office and Members States to implement international health policies, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (in particular number 3) and the Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017-2025?

You can find the question on the European Parliament’s website at: