On 21 April Fit for Work Europe, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the Hungarian Association of Rheumatologists (HAR) came together under the Hungarian Presidency of the EU and Hungarian Ministry of National Resources to hold an EU High-Level Conference the Burden of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs): Challenges in Work Capacity and Prevention of Disability in the EU. Representatives from 25 countries and over 50 organisations across Europe came together to discuss the impact of RMDs on the European workforce and how stakeholders work together to address the issue.
Key statements were made by several leading policy-makers and experts including Professor Paul Emery, Co-President of the Fit for Work Europe Coalition and President of EULAR. In particular, Professor Emery highlighted the need for recognition of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases, and praised the leading European research in this field. Furthermore, he emphasised the need for the next EU Presidencies to take the issue forward and foster further research, as well as increase inclusion in society for the 120 million Europeans suffering from RMDs. Among many distinguished speakers, Miklós Soltész, State Secretary for Social, Family and Youth Affairs in Hungary, spoke of the importance of employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and the importance of work retention for many of the European affected.
Photographs and full presentations will follow shortly, but you can find the contents of the meeting pack, agenda and speakers’ biographies on the Fit for Work website.
The momentum is building to make Europe ever more Fit for Work
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