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23 January 2020
Priority question for written answer P-000376/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Pascal Arimont (PPE), Mick Wallace (GUE/NGL), Grace O'Sullivan (Verts/ALE), Rory Palmer (S&D), Tomislav Sokol (PPE), Frances Fitzgerald (PPE), Jarosław Duda (PPE), Jerzy Buzek (PPE), Cindy Franssen (PPE), Jeroen Lenaers (PPE), Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE), Tilly Metz (Verts/ALE), Frédérique Ries (Renew), Miriam Dalli (S&D), Joanna Kopcińska (ECR), Jadwiga Wiśniewska (ECR), Ewa Kopacz (PPE)
 Answer in writing (1) 
 Answer in writing (2) 
 Answer in writing (3) 
 Subject: Development of a unified EU brain health strategy

One in three people will experience a brain disorder, incurring annual costs of EUR 800 billion in Europe – more than all other major disease areas combined. They constitute the most burdensome disease group among non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Europe. Neurological disorders are the world’s largest cause of disability and the second cause of death.

Mental and neurological disorders were added as the ‘5th NCD’ at the UN’s 2018 meeting on NCDs.

1. Since that addition, what steps has the Commission taken to better integrate neurological health into its work on NCDs?

2. Given the evidence, will the Commission consider giving neurological health greater priority and developing a unified EU brain health strategy?

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