Working Group 2

Chronic pain: a disease or symptom?

Title Name Material Organization Country

WG Chair

Marian Harkin   Member of the European Parliament (MEP), ALDE IE
WG Chair Sirpa Pietikainen Statement MEP, EPP FI
WG Co-chair David B.
Statement European Academy of Neurology (EAN) SLO
WG Secretary Neil Betteridge Statement Neil Betteridge Associates  UK
WG Moderator Nicole Bedlington Statement European Patient Forum (EPF) UK
WG Reporter 1 Massimo Allegri Statement University Parma IT
WG Reporter 2 Thomas Tölle Statement Technische Universität München DE
WG Reporter 3 Mauro Mario Statement No Pain Foundation MT
WG Reporter 4 Boaz Gedaliahu Samolsky Dekel Statement No Pain Foundation MT

Monitoring the efficiency
of health systems:
What does the European
Commission need for pain policy?

Christoph Schwierz Presentation European Commission, DG ECFIN BE

European Pain Federation EFIC®
position on the debate
on “pain as a disease in its own right”

Thomas Tölle Presentation
Technische Universität München DE

P in GP stands for Pain 

Academia Altoatesina di Medicina Generale (AcAMG) IT

European Charter of the Rights of Citizens over 65 with Chronic Pain

Jose De
Presentation European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) ESP

Implementation of the
Chronicity Care National
Strategy in Spain



Spanish Ministry of Health
and Social Services and Equality

National Plans for Pain
Control – Portuguese examples

José Romão


Portuguese Directorate-General for Health PT

Pain policy opportunity

Wolfgang Jaksch


Austrian Pain Society (ÖSG) AT
The painful truth Pamela Bell Statement
The Pain Alliance of Northern Ireland (PANI) UK
WG 2 participant Johnson Martin Statement Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (CPPC) UK
WG 2 participant Andre Ljutow Statement SGSS, Leiter ZSM CH
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