Corien Wortmann-Kool (Netherlands)
MEPs speak out on dementia
Corien Wortmann-Kool (Netherlands) talks to AE about her priorities for the European elections (May 2009)
In the run up to the elections, Alzheimer Europe asked Members of the European Parliament the following questions:
1. As the mandate of this European Parliament draws to a close, we would be very interested in hearing which you consider to be the key accomplishments of this Parliament which had a direct impact on people with Alzheimer’s disease and their carers?
2. After the European Parliament elections in June, which are the main policy initiatives that will be important for people with dementia and their carers?
3. If you are re-elected, do you have any personal priorities that would be of particular interest to people with dementia and their carers?
Corien Wortmann-Kool: We managed to get the European Parliaments declaration on Alzheimer’s disease, initiated by Françoise Grossetête, adopted. Consequently, the European Commission has to undertake a communication on Alzheimer's disease. That’s very important, because Alzheimer's disease is a European and worldwide problem.
With regard to research into causes, treatment and medication for Alzheimer's disease, Europe should encourage the exchange of good practices.
My husband is director of Alzheimer's Disease International, which means that I am very sensitive to this huge problem and the urgent need for Europe to make more of an effort. Therefore, I will actively support initiatives in this domain, also in my new mandate in the European Parliament.
Last Updated: Wednesday 14 October 2009