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European Parliament election candidates pledge to make dementia a priority and to join the European Alzheimer’s Alliance

Thursday 28 March 2019

Earlier this month, Alzheimer Europe and its members launched the #DementiaPledge2019 campaign, calling upon candidates in the 2019 European Parliament (EP) elections to commit to making dementia a priority. The campaign has already made good progress in its early stages, with 21 candidates supporting the Pledge so far. 18 of these are existing Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) standing for re-election, 1 of whom was not yet a member of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance (EAA), MEP Nicola Caputo (pictured, shaking hands with Policy Officer Owen Miller, left).  Alzheimer Europe is delighted to welcome Mr Caputo to the EAA, bringing the total number of members up to 127 for the current 2014-2019 term. The other 3 signatories, if elected, would join the EAA for the 2019-2024 EP term. Alzheimer Europe would like to thank the following candidates for their support:


Sara Matthieu (Groen, Greens/EFA)

Bart Staes MEP (Groen, Greens/EFA)

Hilde Vautmans MEP (Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten, ALDE)


Merja Kyllönen MEP, (Vasemmistoliitto, GUE/NGL)

Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (Kansallinen Kokoomus, EPP)


Deirdre Clune MEP (Fine Gael, EPP)

Seán Kelly MEP (Fine Gael, EPP)


Nicola Caputo MEP (Partito Democratico, S&D)

Remo Sernagiotto (Conservatori e Riformisti, ECR)


Annie Schreijer-Pierik (Christen-Democratisch Appèl, EPP)


Nuno Morna (Iniciativa Liberal, ALDE)


Cristian-Silviu Bușoi (Partidul Naţional Liberal, EPP)

Marian-Jean Marinescu MEP (Democratic Liberal Party, EPP)


Ivan Štefanic MEP (Kresťanskodemokratické hnutie, EPP)


Tanja Fajon MEP (Socialni demokrati, S&D)

Lojze Peterle, (Nova Slovenija – Krščanski demokrati, EPP)

Igor Šoltes MEP (Verjamem, GUE/NGL)

Romana Tomc MEP (Slovenska demokratska stranka, EPP)

Violeta Tomic (LEVICA, GUE/NGL)


Rosa Estaras Ferragut MEP (Partido Popular, EPP)

Ana Miranda Paz MEP (BNG, EFA).

Candidates can pledge their support on social media (Twitter and Facebook), simply stating that they support the #DementiaPledge2019

Candidates can also download the Pledge as a document to sign and return to AE or the relevant national member association. Finally, candidates can also send their support in an email message to

The Pledge is currently available in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Luxembourgish and Polish. You can find more information about the #DementiaPledge2019 campaign, as well as downloading the different language versions, here:

We are very grateful to our national member associations for their support in translating the Pledge and gathering support from candidates in their countries.