This week, the European Brain Council responded to the European Commission’s Call for Proposals on 2022 Thematic Networks, which invites health stakeholders to submit proposals for a new cycle of Thematic Networks, organised under the framework of the EU Health Policy Platform. As a member of the EBC, the EAN fully supports this proposal for a Thematic Network on Brain Health, and encourages all its members and the enitre neurological community to sign the letter and show their support!
According to the Commission, the purpose of a Thematic Network is to produce a Joint Statement within six to nine months, summarising the common position and action of a group of stakeholders organisations on selected public health areas — with this round proposing three new areas of focus, including ‘Mental Health in all policies’. However, it is stated that the European Commission may also consider proposals from other health policy areas if stakeholders present sound reasons for doing so.
In this regard, the EBC (on behalf of its Members and like-minded partners) supports and appreciates the spotlight on mental health, however, it calls for the European Commission to take it a step further, urging for the expansion of the proposed topic to ‘Brain Health’, covering both mental and neurological disorders.