Tomorrow – for the second time – we will gather here in Brussels for the annual Fit for Work conference. I am delighted to be invited to co-host the conference this year, and will be joined by my fellow colleagues from the European Commission, the Council and partners from NGOs and the private sector.
I am an advocate for evolving societal and governmental thinking to develop effective European policies on public health, backed by evidence-based research. Fit for Work is a prime example for this! I am delighted to see the increased number of advocates for this innovative initiative, and hope many of you will join us in a few days.
MSDs affect the daily lives of over 100 million of our fellow European citizens, and leads to incapacity, exclusion and mental health problems. It deserves much more attention that it is given. At this conference, we want to bring to the attention of policymakers, the media and partners the importance of early intervention and disease management – but more importantly, make sure that every Member State is working towards a National Plan for MSDs.
We have already seen the support of the Belgian Presidency, and the European League Against Rheumatism, which we warmly welcome. And we hope to see many more follow their lead in raising awareness about health inequalities, MSDs and the ability to be included into the labour market.
I look forward to seeing you in the European Parliament on 30th September to ‘Make Europe Fit for Work’’!
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