Commissioner Kyriakides responds to question of MEP Olivier Chastel on dementia

16/11/2021

Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides has published a response to a written question from Olivier Chastel MEP (Belgium) about dementia and the WHO Global Status Report on the Public Health Response to Dementia.

In his question Mr Chastel asked specifically about:

  • The Commission’s action in relation to research funding for dementia
  • The added value of the Steering Committee on Health Prevention and Promotion compared to the expert group on dementia which the Commission wound up in 2018.

Commissioner Kyriakides’ response highlighted a number of areas of ongoing action at an EU level in relation to dementia, including:

  • Continued funding opportunities for dementia research under the Horizon Europe research programme
  • The potential European partnership on ‘Brain Health’ under Horizon Europe’s second Strategic Plan 2024‐2027
  • The European Group of Governmental Experts on Dementia, which is coordinated by Alzheimer Europe.

In her response, the Commissioner also expressed her preference for a broader collaboration of national health ministries on all non-communicable diseases via the Steering Group on Promotion and Prevention, rather than individual disease-focused groups. The tabled question and response are available at:

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/questions/reponses_qe/2021/004075/P9_RE(2021)004075_EN.pdf