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 institutional brochure of the meps interest group european patients rights cross border healthcare

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What can you do?

  1. Following the example of the Maltese organizations, all the civic & patient organizations supporting the initiative are invited to call their national MEPs to join the Interest Group on Patients’ Rights & Cross-Border Healthcare. Please, find your MEPs here and use this letter to be co-signed together with Active Citizenship Network.
  2. Take part to the European webinar titled Improving patients’ rights in the EU: the Case History of Cross Border Healthcare Directive. The initiative is organized by Active Citizenship Network in the framework of the EU project “From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact (U-Impact)” and it is supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. The initiative will be held next 4th March 2016 in Rome (Italy), to participate please contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. In order to draw and maintain the highest level of attention on patients' rights, the Interest Group will promote in 2016 several initiatives. From your point of view, what topics are you interested to present within the Interest Group? Please let us know writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. Record a video (max 30’’) with your smartphone, in English in your language, in which you agree with the key issues that the Interest Group will address: among others, to officially recognize the European Patients’ Rights Day, to establish the European Year of Patients' Rights in 2017, to support the implementation of the Directive 2011/24/EU on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare. Explain why the European Patients’ Rights Day should be instituzionalized for you. Please, the only rule is: conclude your video by saying  “Make it official!”.
    Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Press Release (ENIT version)

  1. Make the European Parliament acknowledge the European Patients' Rights Day in order to officially recognize and institutionalize it.
  2. Actively support the celebrations of the European Patients’ Rights Day and collaborate with civic and patient associations at the national and European level.
  3. Strengthen the protection of patients’ rights in the European legislation, starting from the adoption of the European Charter of Patients' Rights, 14 patients' rights that together aim to guarantee a “high level of human health protection” (Article 35 of the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union) and to assure the high quality of services provided by the various national health services in Europe.
  4. Promote initiatives that encourage and ensure among EU countries the respect of the primary and secondary European legislation focused on the patients’ safety and the protection of their rights. It could be done with the involvement of civic and patient association, starting from the Directive 2011/24/EU on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare (which is included in the title for the first time the patients’ rights) and the most recent “Draft Report on safer healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance (2014/2207(INI))", approved unanimously on 16th April 2015 by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and then in plenary by the European Parliament on May 19th 2015.
  5. Establish the European Year of Patients' Rights during its mandate.

Read more: Interest Group Official Presentation

Download the letter sent by the co-founders of the Interest Group David Borrelli and Gianni Pittella to their colleagues.