Alzheimer Europe’s #DementiaPledge2019 campaign draws to a successful close
Following the European Parliament elections between 23-26 May, Alzheimer Europe’s #DementiaPledge2019 campaign has drawn to a close.
With 230 candidates signed up to the pledge, Alzheimer Europe broke its record of 219 candidates signed up in the 2014 election.
Alzheimer Europe is hugely grateful to all of the associations who supported the campaign, contacted candidates and played an integral part in making the campaign such a success. Thanks also go to the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) for their contributions to the campaign, helping to send strong messages to candidates that dementia needs to be a priority during the next term of the parliament.
In the coming weeks, Alzheimer Europe will write to elected candidates asking them to follow up on their commitment, as well as asking members to make contact to establish a closer connection between MEPs and national Alzheimer’s organisations, which is one of the things candidates signed up to in the Pledge.
Alzheimer Europe will also work during the summer to re-establish the European Alzheimer’s Alliance, as well as working with other civil society organisations to identify members supportive to social, health and research matters, and engage with members who signed the pledge, to encourage them to help push dementia as a priority area in future EU work.
To see the names of the pledgees, visit the Alzheimer Europe Website.
The Parliament will meet for the first time in plenary in July 2019 to induct the newly elected MEPs, during which time the members will elect their President.
The next step in the process will be for a candidate (likely to be the EPP Spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber) to be put forward as EU Commissioner, subject to confirmation by the European Parliament, followed by the selection of the Council of Commissioners for different areas of work. The official end of the term of the Juncker Commission is October 2019.
For a detailed breakdown of the MEPs elected in each country, more information is available on the European Parliament website.