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Parliamentary questions
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11 August 2020
Question for written answer E-004545/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tomáš Zdechovský (PPE), Maria Walsh (PPE), Radka Maxová (Renew), Alex Agius Saliba (S&D), Estrella Durá Ferrandis (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Comprehensive strategy on mental health

In its response to Question E-002466/2020, which asked the Commission when it intends to put in place a mental health strategy (called for by Member States via the Finnish Presidency Council in October 2019 as well as via the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council in December 2019), the Commission listed a number of initiatives that are addressing mental health.

It also stated that ‘added value for possible additional steps could be found in a strengthened mental health in all policies approach, working with other Commission services to maximise policy synergies’.

While we appreciate the steps the Commission has taken, we would like to point out that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance of mental health to the fore. The need for a comprehensive strategy has never been more apparent.

Can the Commission therefore indicate what would be the impetus for the development of such a comprehensive strategy, which clearly has the support of the Member States?

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