Interest Group on Mental Health, Well-being and Brain Disorders




Optimising the European Social Pillar to #MakeWorkWork  for those affected by Brain, Mind and Pain Condition

Joint Lunch Meeting of the MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain and the European Parliament Interest Group on Mental Health, Wellbeing and Brain Disorders.





On the 8th of March GAMIAN-Europe, together with The European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA), organized an Interest Group Meeting at the European Parliament on Optimising the European Social Pillar to #MakeWorkWork.

The meeting was chaired by GAMIAN-Europe board member Dolores Gauci and had the participation of Marian Harkin (MEP), Nesa Childers (MEP) and Raquel Herrera, from DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (European Commission) 

Donna Walsh, Executive Director of EFNA also contributed to the round table discussion together with Katie Gallagher from the European Patient Forum and Andreea Antonovici from the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) 

To access the full report please Click HERE 


March 8th 2017 , 12.30 – 14.00
European Parliament, Brussels


12.30hrs               Welcome
                              Joop van Griensven, President, Pain Alliance Europe

12.35hrs               Opening Address

                              Final Update on Written Declaration on Access to Employment for those                                                                                                                               affected by neurological disorders and chronic pain conditions
                              Marian Harkin MEP and Interest Group co-chair

12.45hrs               Keynote Address and Panel/Audience Discussion

                              Optimising the European Social Pillar to #MakeWorkWork for those                                                                                                                                       affected by Neurological Disorders and Chronic Pain Conditions

                              Chair: Dolores Gauci GAMIAN-Europe

                              Emmanuelle Grange, DG EMPL, Disability & Inclusion (TBC)

                              Followed by contributions from:

                             – Donna Walsh, Brain, Mind and Pain MEP Interest Group

                            –  Andreea Antonovici, European Multiple Sclerosis Platform

                            –  Katie Gallagher, European Patient Forum

13.45hrs               Case-Study
                              Optimising EU Presidencies: Focus on Malta and the Societal Impact of Pain
                              Sam Kynman, European Pain Federation

13.55hrs               Final Conclusions

                              Marian Harkin MEP


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