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Takis Hadjigeorgiou – Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Cyprus

"Chronic pain affects a large proportion of the adult population in Europe. It is our duty as elected representatives of this people to do our utmost to ensure that European policies in the health sector have at their core this population group."


Takis Hadjigeorgiou
Member of the European Parliament, Cyprus
Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE-NGL )

As Vice-Chair of the intergroup for rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, I closely track the developments in the health sector and I must say that Europe is still far away of achieving that “basic need” of universal access to health care and to provide to people affected the essentials for their living.

Takis Hadjigeorgiou is a Cypriot politician, who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2009. Coming from the Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) in Cyprus. He has also served as Member of the Cyprus House of Representatives for two tenures. He is currently Vice Chairman of the EU-TURKEY Joint Parliamentary Committee as well as Member of the committees on foreign affairs (AFET) and petitions (PETI) respectively. Takis Hadjigeorgiou is also Vice Chair of the European Parliament Interest Group on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Since his completion of his academic studies in Law and Journalism, his political and social activities have had an active and lasting impact in Cyprus society.