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

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

                               Raquel Cortes Herrera, Raquel Cortés Herrera Deputy Head of Unit in DG EMPL,

                               Maria Joao Rodrigues, MEP and European Social Pillar Rapporteur
                               Followed by contributions from:

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

                               – Andreea Antonovici, European Multiple Sclerosis Platform

                               – Katie Gallagher, European Patients’ 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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