EP Written Question on migraine answered by EU Commissioner

Raising awareness on migraine, assuring research funding and recognition as disability

The Written Question on "Migraine in the EU" tabled by Liam Aylward (ALDE, IE) has now been answered by EU Commissioner. 

The EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection John Dalli replied to the Written Question on ‘Migraine in the EU’ tabled by Liam Aylward (ALDE, IE). Mr Aylward asked to the Commission about its plans to raise awareness on migraine, assure research funding and whether it plans to recognise migraine as a disability.

In his reply, Commissioner Dalli notes that the Commission is aware that migraines and headaches have a significant impact on the social and professional life of affected people. He stresses that funding for research were allocated under the EU Health Programme and the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). However, the Commission is not planning to make funding available for awareness raising programmes, nor for specific activities to improve the treatment and quality of life for those affected by migraine.

The Commissioner also notes that the definition for person with disability agreed under the Commission's Disability Strategy 2010-2020 may apply to patients affected by chronic migraine. However, recognition of chronic migraine as a disability for the purposes of receiving protection or social and employment benefits is a matter of national competence.

Here you can find the full Written Qeustion and Answer.

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