The Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) is happy to announce the 1st EU Stroke Summit and launch of the Burden of Stroke in Europe Report.
The event will take place on 11th May 2017 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Burden of Stroke Report will be officially presented during the Stroke Summit and will provide the basis for discussion on the current state of stroke prevention, follow-up care and rehabilitation in Europe.
A diverse group of healthcare providers, patients, carers and policy-makers will have an opportunity to exchange opinions on how to decrease the burden of stroke in Europe.
The Summit is kindly hosted by Members of the European Parliament Elena Gentile (S&D, IT), Marian Harkin (ALDE, IE), Aldo Patriciello (EPP, IT) and Helga Stevens (ECR, BE).
Members of the European Parliament: Short biographies
Member of the European Parliament (S&D, IT)
Elena Gentile was elected Member of the European Parliament in 2014. She is a member of the Socialist & Democrats group (S&D), a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) and a substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) and the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT).
MEP Gentile is a paediatrician by training and was working in a hospital in Cerignola before being elected to the European Parliament. She began her political career in the Italian Communist Party and later the Democrats of the Left and the Democratic Party. From 2005 to 2010 and again from 2010 to 2014, she served on the Regional Council of Puglia, where she was mainly concerned with social welfare, employment policies and equal opportunities.
Member of the European Parliament (EPP, IT)
Aldo Patriciello was elected Member of the European Parliament in 2006. In his current third term, he is a member of the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP), treasurer for the Italian Delegation within the EPP (Forza Italia) as well as a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and substitute member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).
MEP Patriciello was born in Venafro, Italy. Next to his political activities, he leads a group of thirty companies, mainly in the health and scientific research sectors. He started working in a small family construction company and helped it to grow into a major economic and productive group of his home region.
From 1995 to 2006 and before being elected to the European Parliament, MEP Patriciello served as Member of the Regional Council of Molise, Vice-Chairman of the Regional Council, as Molise Regional Councillor responsible for the budget, transport, agriculture and production activities and Vice-president of the Regional Government.
Member of the European Parliament (ECR, BE)
Helga Stevens was elected Member of the European Parliament in 2014. She is Vice-Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) and she serves as member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and as substitute member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL). Additionally, she serves as Co-Chair of the European Parliament’s Disability Intergroup.
MEP Stevens studied law in Belgium and obtained a Master degree in law in the United States. In 1996, she started working for the European Union of the Deaf (EUD). Later, she moved on to become General Secretary, Director and finally President (from 2005-2007).
Before joining the European Parliament, MEP Stevens was a Member of the Flemish Parliament for two consecutive legislatures from 2004 until 2014. From 2007 until 2014 she was also a ‘Community Senator’, meaning that she combined two mandates: sitting in both the Flemish Parliament and the Senate.
Born deaf, MEP Stevens is well-known for her work fighting for the rights of people with disabilities.
Member of the European Parliament (ALDE, IE)
Marian Harkin was elected member of the European Parliament in 2004. She is member of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) and substitute member of both the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Committee on Petitions (PETI).
MEP Harkin has been active and shown a strong interest in several policy areas, including social and public health issues as well as disabilities. She is Chair and founding member of the Carers Interest Group, Co-Chair of the MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain as well as member of the MEP Heart Group and Vice President of the Disability Intergroup.
In 2002, Marian Harkin was elected to the Assembly of Ireland (the lower house of the Irish Parliament) as an independent member for the Sligo–Leitrim constituency.