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Written Declaration on Epilepsy receives European Parliament Approval
Efforts to ensure the rights of people with epilepsy and to improve treatment opportunities and increase support for epilepsy research were rewarded on September 15 when the European Parliament approved the Written Declaration on Epilepsy.
The final signing session ensured the Declaration was signed by 459 of the 736 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The five MEPs who introduced the Declaration were Gay Mitchell (Ireland), Nirj Deva (England), Marian Harkin (Rep of Ireland), Peter Skinner (England) and Angelika Werthmann (Austria).
The Declaration outlines the enormity of the problem of epilepsy in Europe, the discrimination they face and the underfunding of epilepsy research, costs associated with this disease, plus the lack of adequate treatment faced by many Europeans with epilepsy.
It calls on the European Commission and Council to prioritise epilepsy as a major disease, and to encourage expanded epilepsy research, ensure equal rights and protections for people with epilepsy and perform health impact assessments in all member states and across the European Union.