The idea to encourage a MEPs informal Interest Group focused on patients’ rights follows the widespread request of more than 80 civic and patient organizations sent to the EU Parliament to recognize officially the value of citizens’ initiatives, such as the European Charter of Patients’ Rights, based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, and the European Patients’ Rights Day, which has been organized every year on April 18th since 2007 at local, national and EU level.

The request has been launched on May 12th2015 during the IX Edition of the European Patients’ Rights Day, and is included in the “Report on safer healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance (2014/2207(INI))", approved unanimously on 16th April 2015 by the ENVICommittee first, and then in plenary by the European Parliament on May 19th 2015.

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