On 5 October, two ageing-related Written Declarations* were submitted within the European Parliament: on Alzheimer’s disease and on dignity at the end of life.
Written Declaration on Alzheimer’s disease
This declaration submitted by 24 MEPs invites the European Commission and the Council to recognize Alzheimer and related diseases as a public health priority in Europe and to adopt a comprehensive strategy to address those diseases. This would include promoting the research on sustainable treatment solutions, improving the efficient provision of information and supporting carers.
Written Declaration on dignity at the end of life
Referring the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (art. 35) and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU – art. 6(a), 9 and 168) which confer competences on the Union to coordinate or complement the actions of EU member states in the protection and improvement of public health, the signatory MEPs call on the European Commission and the Council to identify best practices across the European Union with regard to the provision of end-of-life health services and to facilitate the exchange of those practices between EU countries.
* Note: Written declarations are unbinding documents related to a matter falling within the competence of the European Union. They don’t represent the position of the European Parliament, but only the one of its authors and signatory MEPs.