PAE News – July 2016
The Written Declaration of Access to Employment for those affected by neurological disorders and chronic pain conditions
The Written Declaration of Access to Employment for those affected by neurological disorders and chronic pain conditions will be launched in autumn 2016. A written declaration is a request to the European Commission to undertake certain actions.
This Written Declaration, an initiative of the MEP (Member of European Parliament) Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain – coordinated by Pain Alliance Europe together with our colleagues at EFNA – needs to get signed by more than half of all MEPs, in order to come into effect.
Currently, the European Parliament consists of 751 elected MEPs. This means that the Declaration needs to be signed by at least 376 MEPs within just three months – with no second chances. And for that, we need your help! The involvement of national organisations and individuals is absolutely vital in ensuring that we will achieve this goal.
We will reach out to our members again after the summer break – in early September – with more information on how the process works. We will also provide the tools and resources that will facilitate your involvement, and your efforts to involve your members. You may always refer to the PAE website (www.pae-eu.eu) or www.brainmindpain.eu for additional information on the interest group.
For now, please note in your calendar that the Declaration will be launching this autumn. If you are interested in supporting the Declaration, we would appreciate should you set some time aside each month, from September to December, to get involved in the process.
A successful Written Declaration can be a useful advocacy tool, at both the national and the European levels. We feel that, should it get ratified by the European Parliament, the Declaration will allow those whom you represent to gain access to employment opportunities and enhance their Quality of Life.