Making the voice of all addressing the societal impact of pain heard in the next European Parliament
SIP Europe, Belgium
This week, all 28 EU countries are participating in one of the world’s largest democratic exercises: the European Parliament elections.
The results of these elections will guide the direction of European policies over the next five years, including health policy. Make sure your voice is heard by voting in your country. If you are unsure how, see the EU Parliament’s ‘How to Vote’ tool here.
In the midst of the elections, the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) wanted to ensure Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) candidates were aware that chronic pain is a big issue in Europe, including their Member State, and ask for their support in keeping it on the EU health policy agenda in the next mandate.
We asked MEPs to support SIP and the European Commission SIP Thematic Network Joint Statement recommendations on tackling the societal impact of pain. The Joint Statement has now been endorsed by more than 100 societal stakeholders at European and national level. Endorsers include Members of the European Parliament.
The Joint Statement focuses on four areas:
SIP would like to thank all the MEPs who have supported us by endorsing the Joint Statement, in particular:
- Alfred Sant (S&D, MT)
- Heinz K. Becker (EPP, AT)
- Jeroen Lenaers (EPP, NL)
- José Inácio Faria (EPP, PT)
- Marek Plura (EPP, PL)
- Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE)
- Merja Kyllönen (Greens, FI)
- Miriam Dalli (S&D, MT),
- Nicola Caputo (S&D, IT),
- Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT)
- Sabine Verheyen (EPP, DE)
- Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI)
- Sofia Ribeiro (S&D, PT)
SIP would also like to thank the EPP Group for expressing its support for the policy proposals we developed to tackle chronic pain in the EU and to improve the current situation of patients. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration over the next five years!
SIP has also engaged at national level, creating social media graphics for each National SIP Platform (Portugal, Spain, Finland, France, Malta, The Netherlands, Belgium) and tagging the relevant MEP candidates from each country.
We look forward to continuing our work together to ensure patient voices are heard!