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AE celebrates success in reaching ambitious goal of 10,000 Glasgow Declaration signatures

Tuesday 01 December 2015

The Alzheimer Europe (AE) Glasgow Declaration campaign is now over and we would like to heartily thank all the people who worked very hard to help us surpass our ambitious goal of 10,000 individual signatures - this would not have been possible without you! We would also like to thank everyone who signed the Declaration: individuals, policy makers and organisations alike.

The final signature counts are (click the links to see the signatories):

We are also pleased to give a special mention to top “scorers” Slovenia, the UK, Finland and Italy, each of which contributed more than 1,000 signatures. Between them, citizens from these four countries accounted for nearly half of all individual signatures.

The Glasgow Declaration calls for the creation of a European Dementia Strategy and national strategies in every country in Europe. Signatories also call upon world leaders to recognise dementia as a public health priority and to develop a global action plan on dementia and commit themselves to promoting the rights, dignity and autonomy of people living with dementia. It specifically calls upon:

The European Commission to:

  1. Develop a European Dementia Strategy;
  2. Designate a high level EU official to coordinate the activities and research in the field of dementia of existing programmes such as Horizon 2020, the Ambient Assisted Living Programme, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, the Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative diseases research and the Innovative Medicines Initiative;
  3. Set up a European Expert Group on Dementia comprised of Commission officials, representatives of Member States and civil society to exchange best practices;

Members of the European Parliament to:

  1. Join the European Alzheimer’s Alliance (the EAA has 36 new members as a result of this campaign - see the EAA news section for details);
  2. Support the campaign of AE and its member organisations to make dementia a European priority and create a European Dementia Strategy;
  3. Make themselves available for people with dementia, carers and representatives of Alzheimer associations from their country.

National governments to:

  1. Develop comprehensive national dementia strategies with allocated funding and a clear monitoring and evaluation process;
  2. Involve people living with dementia and their carers in the development and follow up of these national strategies;
  3. Support national Alzheimer and dementia associations.

We presented our campaign and results to representatives of the European Parliament, the Commission and two EU Presidencies (Luxembourg and the Netherlands), at our lunch debate in Brussels on 1 December. Shortly after this meeting, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council adopted the Luxembourg EU Presidency conclusions, which recognise some of the demands made in the Declaration for greater EU collaboration.

AE looks forward to collaborating with the Governmental Expert Group on Dementia, with the upcoming 2nd Joint Action on Dementia, and with the Dutch EU Presidency (starting 1 January 2016) for the organisation of its Presidency Conference on dementia.