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Thursday, 13 October 2005 - Brussels Final edition
Rheumatic diseases
P6_TA(2005)0389

European Parliament declaration on rheumatic diseases

The European Parliament ,

–   having regard to Rule 116 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.   whereas there are over 100 million people of all age groups in the EU with arthritis, and whereas arthritis constitutes the greatest single cause of physical disability,

B.   whereas effective research will foster new therapies for rheumatic diseases, bringing enormous savings to the EU economy and to Member States,

C.   whereas rheumatic diseases can be serious, disabling and painful, and whereas people affected frequently experience social exclusion and reduced life expectancy,

D.   whereas people with rheumatic diseases can lead full and independent lives but require appropriate support,

1.  Calls on the Commission and Council to:

   - ensure that the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme makes rheumatic diseases one of its explicit priorities;
   - ensure that the EU's new health strategy makes arthritis (musculoskeletal disorders) one of its priorities;
   - strengthen legislation to outlaw disability discrimination through a specific Disability Directive;
   - encourage Member States to take measures to ensure better access to the full range of treatments in all Member States;

2.  Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Council, the Commission and the governments of the Member States:

Names of the signatories

Adamou, Agnoletto, Allister, Andersson, Andrejevs, Antoniozzi, Arif, Atkins, Audy, Auken, Aylward, Ayuso González, Bachelot-Narquin, Battilocchio, Bauer, Beazley, Becsey, Beglitis, Belder, Belet, Belohorská, Bennahmias, van den Berg, Berger, Berman, Bielan, Blokland, Bobošíková, Bösch, Bonde, Bourzai, Bowis, Bowles, Bozkurt, Brejc, Brepoels, Breyer, Brie, Brok, Budreikaitė, Buitenweg, van den Burg, Bushill-Matthews, Busk, Busuttil, Buzek, Cabrnoch, Camre, Capoulas Santos, Carlotti, Carlshamre, Casaca, Cashman, Caspary, Cesa, Chichester, Christensen, Chruszcz, Claeys, Cocilovo, Coelho, Corbett, Corbey, Cornillet, Correia, Costa P., Coûteaux, Coveney, Cramer, Crowley, Czarnecki M., Czarnecki R., Davies, de Brún, Degutis, Demetriou, De Michelis, De Rossa, Descamps, Dess, Deva, De Veyrac, De Vits, Didžiokas, Dillen, Dimitrakopoulos, Dionisi, Di Pietro, Dombrovskis, Doorn, Douay, Dover, Doyle, Drčar Murko, Duchoň, Duka-Zólyomi, Duquesne, Ehler, Ek, Esteves, Estrela, Ettl, Eurlings, Evans Jillian, Evans Jonathan, Evans Robert, Fatuzzo, Fava, Ferber, Fernandes, Ferreira A., Ferreira E, Figueiredo, Flasarová, Florenz, Ford, Fotyga, Fourtou, Freitas, Friedrich, Gahler, Gaľa, García-Margallo y Marfil, Gauzès, Gawronski, Gentvilas, Geremek, Gierek, Giertych, Gill, Goepel, Gollnisch, Gomes, Gomolka, Grabowska, Grabowski, Grässle, Graça Moura, Griesbeck, Gröner, Grosch, Grossetête, Guardans Cambo, Guerreiro, Guidoni, Guy-Quint, Hall, Hammerstein Mintz, Handzlik, Harbour, Harkin,Hatzidakis, Hedh, Hedkvist Petersen, Helmer, Henin, Hennicot-Schoepges, Higgins, Honeyball, Hoppenstedt, Howitt, Hudacký, Hudghton, Hughes, Ilves, Isler Béguin, Jackson, Jäätteenmäki, Jałowiecki, Janowski, Járóka, Jarzembowski, Jeggle, Jensen, Joan i Marí, Jöns, Jordan Cizelj, Kacin, Kaczmarek, Kallenbach, Kamiński, Karas, Karim, Kasoulides, Kaufmann, Kelam, Kinnock, Klamt, Klinz, Koch, Koch-Mehrin, Konrad, Korhola, Kósáné Kovács, Krasts, Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Kreissl-Dörfler, Kristovskis, Krupa, Kuc, Kuhne, Kułakowski, Kušķis, Kusstatscher, Kużmiuk, Lagendijk, Lambert, Landsbergis, Lang, Langendries, Laperrouze, Lechner, Lehideux, Lehtinen, Leinen, Le Pen J.M., Le Pen M., Lewandowski, Liberadzki, Libicki, Lichtenberger, Lienemann, Liese, Liotard, Lucas, Ludford, Lulling, Lynne, Maat, Maaten, McAvan, McDonald, McGuinness, Madeira, Malmström, Manders, Mann E., Mann T., Mantovani, Markov, Marques, Martens, Martin D., Martin H.-P., Martinez, Masiel, Masip Hidalgo, Mastenbroek, Mathieu, Matsakis, Mavrommatis, Mayer, Meijer, Méndez De Vigo, Mikko, Mikolášik, Mitchell, Moraes, Mulder, Muscardini, Musotto, Mussolini, Nassauer, Nattrass, Navarro, Neyts-Uttebroeck, Nicholson, Niebler, van Nistelrooij, Özdemir, Olbrycht, Ó Neachtain, Onesta, Onyszkiewicz, Oomen-Ruijten, Ortuondo Larrea, Oviir, Paasilinna, Pack, Paleckis, Pálfi, Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, Papadimoulis, Parish, Pęk, Pieper, Pīks, Pinheiro, Pinior, Piotrowski, Piskorski, Pistelli, Pleštinská, Podkański, Poettering, Pomés Ruiz, Posselt, Prets, Prodi, Purvis, Queiró, Rack, Remek, Resetarits, Reul, Reynaud, Ribeiro e Castro, Ries, Rocard, Rogalski, Romagnoli, Romeva i Rueda, Rosati, Roszkowski, Roth-Behrendt, Rouček, Roure, Rübig, Rühle, Rutowicz, Ryan, Saïfi, Sakalas, Samuelsen, Sánchez Presedo, dos Santos, Sartori, Saryusz-Wolski, Savi, Scheele, Schenardi, Schierhuber, Schlyter, Schroedter, Schwab, Seeber, Seeberg, Segelström, Siekierski, Silva Peneda, Sinnott, Siwiec, Skinner, Škottová, Smith, Sommer, Sonik, Sornosa Martínez, Spautz, Staes, Staniszewska, Stenzel, Sterckx, Stihler, Sturdy, Sudre, Sumberg, Surján, Svensson, Swoboda, Tabajdi, Takkula, Tannock, Tarabella, Tarand, Thomsen, Thyssen, Titley, Toia, Tomczak, Toubon, Trakatellis, Triantaphyllides, Tzampazi, Ulmer, Vaidere, Vanhecke, Van Hecke, Varela Suanzes-Carpegna, Vatanen, Vergnaud, Vidal-Quadras Roca, Vincenzi, Vlasák, Vlasto, Weisgerber, Westlund, Whitehead, Wijkman, von Wogau, Wojciechowski, Wortmann-Kool, Wuermeling, Wynn, Záborská, Zaleski, Zani, Zapałowski, Zappala, Ždanoka, Železný, Zīle, Zimmer, Zingaretti, Zvěřina, Zwiefka

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