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Wednesday, 19 January 2011 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Explanations of vote

Text tabled : A7-0366/2010

  Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE), in writing. (PT) I voted in favour of the motion for a European Parliament resolution on a European initiative on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. I share some of the concerns that run through the report by Mrs Matias, and I support the appeal to the Council to declare dementia an EU health priority.

It is important to act in a global way. In fact, the level of transnational coordination is relatively low in the EU, leading to fragmentation and limited sharing of knowledge and best practice among Member States; research into Alzheimer’s disease is lagging behind that into other serious diseases in Europe.

In the light of these facts, which are well reported in this document, it is necessary to develop not just specific national plans and strategies for Alzheimer’s disease, which are essential, but also an instrument at European level that promotes the effective coordination of European research in this area. I believe this is the way to ensure that healthcare is provided according to best practice in all European countries at the same time. In this way, we will be able to avoid uneven responses and the prevalence of unequal conditions regarding access and treatment for the disease.

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