EU Partners Meeting

The recent European elections have provided a good opportunity to review the way viral hepatitis is addressed in the EU. Currently, the sheer number of reports and recommendations available to MEPs and the European Commission is failing to spur action; there is simply too much information from too many angles. In response, the European Liver Patients Association, together with the Alliance, called an EU Partners Meeting in Brussels this month to begin the process of synthesising all this information into one report to send to MEPs. Having all advocates speaking from one policy document is likely to significantly increase engagement.

Further initiatives put forward included encouraging viral hepatitis champions at the EU parliament and in national Parliaments and connecting them so they can work synergistically. Aside from improving relations, this would allow a streamlining of policy, speeding up decisions and implementation of programmes.