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EU Action on Dementia

Since Alzheimer Europe presented its political priorities embedded in the "Paris Declaration" in 2006, a series of European developments have put dementia on the European agenda.

Thanks to the combined efforts of Alzheimer Europe, its members and the political support of the Members of the European Parliament as well of national policy makers, EU action on dementia has become a reality.




March 2021 - 2030


EU launches strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030

January 2021


EU publishes Green Paper on Ageing

August 2019


EU Directive on Work Life Balance comes into force

April 2019


EU Accessibility Act takes effect

May 2018


European Parliament Written Question on the dismantling of the Commission Expert Group on Dementia

November 2017


EU launches European Pillar of Social Rights

March 2016


Launch of 2nd Joint Action on Dementia

October 2015


2015 European Parliament Written Declaration

December 2015


EPSCO Council adopts Luxembourg EU Presidency conclusions, with an emphasis on supporting people with dementia

May 2014-2024


Launch of "IMI 2" by the Innovative Medicines Initiative

Neurodegenerative diseases and age-associated diseases are among the priorities of the Strategic Research Agenda. IMI (2) aims at reaching a 30% better success rate in clinical trials of priority medicines identified by the WHO; clinical proof of concept in immunological, respiratory, neurological and neurodegenerative diseases in just five years; new and approved diagnostic markers for four of these diseases and at least two new medicines which could either be new antibiotics or new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.

May 2014


Council Regulation (EU) No 557/2014 establishing the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking

March 2014


European Commission 3rd Health Programme (Regulation (EU) No 282/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014 on the establishment of a third Programme for the Union's action in the field of health (2014-2020) and repealing Decision No 1350/2007/EC).

One of the thematic priorities includes ‘support cooperation and networking in the Union in relation to preventing and improving the response to chronic diseases including cancer, age-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases, by sharing knowledge, good practices and developing joint activities on prevention, early detection and management (including health literacy and self management)’.

January 2014-2020


Launch of Horizon 2020, the European Commission Research and Innovation Programme. Horizon 2020 will cover societal challenges such as health, demographic change and well-being. Research & Innovation supported by this programme will improve our understanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying health, healthy ageing and disease; improve our ability to monitor health and to prevent, detect, treat and manage disease; support older persons to remain active and healthy; and test and demonstrate new models and tools for health and care delivery.

March 2013


Presentation of the ALCOVE project results, recommendations and anti-psychotic toolbox

February 2012


JPND: launch of the European Research Strategy

November 2011


Presentation of the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA)

April 2011


Launch of ALCOVE, the EU Joint Action on Dementia (2011-2013)

January 2011


European Parliament Resolution on a European Initiative on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

January 2011


Following ratification, EU officially becomes a party to the UNCRPD

December 2010


European Parliament Report on a European initiative on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

November 2010


Belgium EU Presidency conference on dementia: "Improving the quality of life of people with dementia: A challenge for European society"

November 2010


EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020

April 2010


Launch of the Joint Programme Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

March 2010


Spanish EU Presidency holds conference on "Mental Health and Well-Being in Older People – Making it Happen"

December 2009


European Parliament Resolution on  the Joint Programming of research to combat Neurodegenerative Diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s disease

December 2009


Council of Ministers issues conclusions on "Dignified ageing"

September 2009


Swedish EU presidency holds conference on "Healthy and Dignified Ageing"

July 2009


European Commission adopts Proposal for a Council Recommendation on measures to combat neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer's, through joint programming of research activities and Communication on a European initiative on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

February 2009


European Parliament adopts Written Declaration 80/2008 calling on Commission to adopt a European Action plan on dementia

December 2008


Council of Ministers calls for greater European collaboration on Alzheimer's disease and asks European Commission to develop European Alzheimer's initiative

October 2008


French Presidency of the European Union organises two-day conference on the fight against Alzheimer's disease

July 2008

French President Sarkozy & Commission President Barroso announce a European initiative on Alzheimer’s disease

February  2008

Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)

IMI Research Agenda includes  the ‘Improved Predictivity of Efficacy Evaluation for brain disorders’, and  more specifically, in the field of dementia : the identification and validation of pre-symptomatic and surrogate markers for disease progression, the development of model systems that translate to human pathology and are predictive of clinical efficacy, better understanding of disease mechanisms  for improved target selectio

December 2007

Council Regulation (EC) No 73/2008 setting up the Joint Undertaking for the implementation of the Joint Technology Initiative on

Innovative Medicines

January 2007-2013 

European Commission's Research Programe - FP7(Framework Programme 7)  emphasized collaborative research with a specific sub activity on "Research on the brain and related diseases, human development and ageing". Particular emphasis was placed on translational research, for bringing knowledge from bench to bedside and for development of new drug targets.

October 2007

European Commission  White PaperCOM(2007) 630 final “Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008-

2013” developing the EU Health Strategy also identifies the better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's as important needs to address.

June 2007

Alzheimer Europe Paris Declaration   


Last Updated: Tuesday 31 August 2021