2013-11-029 As president of Pain Alliance Europe (PAE), I welcome you to this website. PAE is an NGO umbrella organization of national associations which are all committed to improving the quality of life of people with chronic pain…read more

Joop van Griensven

About us…

Curious about the latest PAE activity?


If you want to have an overview of what PAE’s recent activities are and what we are planning to do next, follow us on Twitter, visit us on Facebook, check the 2015 Activity Report or discover our last Operational Plan for 2016-2017. Read more



The Written Declaration  0112/2016


Under Rule 136 of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, Written Declaration no. 0112/2016image-makeworkwork-141
was launched on October 24th. We now have until mid-January to ensure that over half of all MEPs sign this Declaration, to ensure that it does not lapse.
Please help us to achieve this goal, which will benefit all those affected by neurological and chronic pain conditions across the EU.

A background briefing with more information on this initiative is available here.

Please download the following form and digitally sign to show your support. Returns must be made from Member’s own mailbox to WritDeclSign@europarl.europa.eu



Pain Alliance Europe was granted the “PREMIO EFHRE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY A LA EXCELENCIA” (EFHRE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY EXCELLENCE AWARD) in the category “Institutions excelling in the field of pain”! Mariano Votta, member of the Board, accepted the award on the 7th of May on behalf of Pain Alliance Europe during the Closing Gala of the SINE DOLORE PAIN MEETING in Menorca, Spain. Read more.Efhre







Proudly SIP_2016_logopresenting the SIP 2016 background booklet: https://www.sip-platform.eu/sip2016booklet!





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Pain Alliance Europe’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people living with chronic pain. One of our main objectives is to raise awareness with politicians and policymakers, healthcare providers, employers and the general public. There are over 100 million people suffering with chronic pain in Europe.
Chronic pain has a huge societal and economic impact and can affect any one of us in our lifetime.
The Red Balloon Campaign aims to raise awareness of the critical impact of chronic pain on the individuals, their loved ones and us as a society. We want to make a change and improve pain management across Europe for today and for future generations.
In order to do so we need your help to spread the word and ‘Release the Pain’ …because together we can achieve so much more!
Support the Red Balloon campaign. Show yourself and make chronic pain visible. Be part of the project by posting your pictures and videos of the red balloon on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #RELEASETHEPAIN.



SAVE THE DATE! The next Worldwide Day “Hundred Cities against pain” will take place on the 1st of October 2016!

Worldwide day hundred cities against pain

ISAL organizes each year since 2011 the Worldwide Day Hundred Cities Against Pain. The 2016 edition, scheduled on Saturday, October 1st, will involve over 100 Italian cities and foreign cities and more than 90 Italian hospitals. Read more

SocietSIP_2016_logoal Impact of Pain” (SIP) 2016: “Time for action

The next SIP meeting will take place in Brussels during the month of May 2016. For more information on this event and all practicalities, click here.




The goal of this consensus document on the right to treatment is to safeguard the rights of citizens over 65 years of age with chronic medical conditions. The European Charter is now available! For the English version, click here. The Charter is also accessible in French, Italian, Spanish and German.

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An interesting article about a holistic approach to chronic pain management that involves all stakeholders: change is needed. Read all about it here or by accessing the link below:

A holistic approach to chronic pain management that involves all stakeholders: change is needed


Brussels, 11th November 2015 – MEP’s Salon

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SIHA – Senior International Health Organization – has the great pleasure to invite you to the Press Conference about the “European Charter of the Rights of citizens Over 65 with Chronic Pain”. For more information click here. You can access the complete agenda here.





“STRONG AGAINST PAIN” Celebrate the Worldwide Day Against Pain on October 3rd. Join all the different events going on on each of your cities! Read all about it here.


SAVE THE DATE!  The next Worldwide Day “Hundred Cities against pain” will take place on the 3rd of October 2015!

ISAL_100 cities runISAL organizes each year since 2011 the Worldwide Day Hundred Cities Against Pain. The 2015 edition, scheduled on Saturday, October 3rd, will involve 102 Italian cities, 8 cities abroad and more than 90 Italian hospitals. Read more






Preventing Neurological and Chronic Pain Disorders meeting report


Romanian MEP Damian Draghici, member of the Human Rights Committee, introduced the meeting by expressing his personal interest in Brain, Mind and Pain. Read more




MEP Damian Draghici will host the next Interest Group meeting on June 24th 2015

This meeting will focus on health prevention and promotion and will explore raising awareness of common risk factors (e.g. obesity, poor nutrition, smoking, sedentary lifestyles, etc.).

If you are interested in participating and contributing to the discussion please email: info@pae-eu.eu. Read more


MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain launches- Brussels, February 2015

_P3B1671The MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain was officially launched in Brussels on Tuesday, February 24th. Officially launching the group, MEP Marian Harkin stressed the impact and prevalence of neurological and chronic pain disorders. 1 in 3 Europeans are affected by a brain disorder and 1 in 5 by chronic pain. Read more and watch the video


February launch for MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain- Brussels, February 2015

The official launch of the MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain will take place in the Members Salon of the European Parliament on February 24th, 2015 at 18.00hrs. The group – a joint initiative of Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) – will be co-chaired by MEPs Marian Harkin, Jeroen Lenaers and Daciana Octavia Sârbu. Read more

More than 40 MEPs sign register of Supporters- Strasbourg, January 2015

Over 40 Members of the European Parliament [MEPs] signed the Register of Supporters for the Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain. This happened in the European Parliament at Strasbourg during a two-day promotional event organised by Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA). Read more


Register of Supporters to open for  MEP Interest Group: Brain, Mind, Pain- Strasbourg, January 2015

BMP-logo5PAE – in conjunction with the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA)– will launch and coordinate a Member of the European Parliament Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain. Co-chaired by MEPs Marian Harkin, Jeroen Lenaers and Daciana Octavia Sârbu – the group will explore issues of common interest to those affected by neurological and chronic pain disorders. These will include stigma, quality of life, research and patient involvement. Read more

Video.- Pain Alliance Europe General Assembly/ Workshops- November 2014

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Pain Alliance Europe had its General Assembly on 17 November 2014. Please find here a video describing this General Assembly as well as the different workshops that followed.



Hundred cities against pain – September 27


On Saturday, the 27th of September 2014, over 100   italian cities and 12 countries from 5 continents, will celebrate the 4th edition of the World Day ˝Hundred Cities Against Pain˝, thanks to the initiative and organisation of ISAL Foundation.                           Read more about the international day against pain and the #zeropain campaign here

Societal Impact of Pain Symposium – Brussels, November 17-18


Once a year politicians, budget holders, decision makers, HTA bodies, health care professionals, pain advocacy groups are gathering for the annual SIP symposium in Brussels to create awareness about the societal impact of pain in Europe and to develop and foster European-wide policy strategies & activities for an improved pain care in Europe…read more


Pain Patient Pathway Recommendations

brochure coverRead and endorse the key recommendations addressed to EU policy makers, calling for urgent action in ensuring better diagnosis, fund research, adapt health insurance and guaranteeing that Europe’s 100 million sufferers get the treatment they need. These were developed based on a European wide project that involved national health ministries, health professionals and patient associations.…read more

Chronic pain video

Click on the image to see the promotional video of the Pain Patient Pathway Recommendations project:

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Multi-stakeholders views on chronic pain presented in the European Parliament/ Call to action to fight chronic pain- Brussels, April 8, 2014


On the occasion of an exhibition and cocktail reception hosted by Petru Luhan, Member of the European Parliament and winner of the MEP award for Health 2013, a multi-stakeholder platform of patient organizations, academia and industry, called on EU institutions and national authorities to recognize the societal and individual burden of chronic pain and to take adequate measures against it…read more


Exhibition and cocktail on chronic pain in the European Parliament – April 8


MEP Petru Luhan, winner of the MEP Award for Health 2013, together with the leading European associations in the field of chronic pain (Pain Alliance Europe and European Pain Federation), kindly invite you to join them in a unique exhibition and cocktail, “My pain feels like”, which will be held on Tuesday, April 8, in the ASP Building (at -1 G)…read more            


“My pain feels like” campaign

Feel my pain logoA targeted campaign on pain awareness has been developed recently by Grunenthal, in collaboration with Montescano Pain School. Pain Alliance Europe is an official supporter of this project and encourages its members to make use of its tools in order to develop national campaigns: the pain simulator box, the questionnaire, the results of it, the patients stories and others…read more