Fit EU Blog
Discourse on work and wellbeing in the EU
Archive for September, 2011
On Thursday my colleague Ksenia Zheltoukhova and I were proud to launch the latest Fit for Work report at the Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój in southern Poland. We hope that the findings and recommendations of our research will increase awareness and provide a foundation for action at a national level. Now that Poland has assumed the Presidency of the European Union (EU), it has a unique opportunity to lead positive changes in the way the societal burden of chronic disease and work-related health conditions are managed. The Polish Presidency will also see the publication of a new EU Directive on Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) at work, which provides another opportunity to put these issues under the spotlight.
So what is the impact of MSDs in Poland and what can be done to improve the situation?
A huge highlight of our visit to Poland this week was the opportunity to meet former President of Poland Lech Wałęsa. The President very kindly wrote a Foreword to our report and has endorsed its findings. He said of our report:
‘Fit for Work is an initiative to improve the quality of life of active workers. I am glad to learn that in times of economic crisis there are people who are willing to promote new ideas, ready to and capable of fighting for a better future.’