The Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) invites you to attend the event ‘Joining forces to prevent and control non-communicable diseases: The role of policy in tackling stroke’, under the patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (#RO2019EU), which will take place on 28 March 2019, in Brussels, at the European Committee of the Regions. The event will be organised by SAFE in collaboration with the European Stroke Organisation and the Romanian National Stroke Association.

The event will look into the role of policy and policy stakeholders in combating stroke-related challenges and addressing the burden of stroke, as well as in achieving the ambitious targets of the ‘Stroke Action Plan for Europe 2018-2030’. The discussions will be integrated into the expected health priorities for the Romanian and upcoming Finnish and Croatian presidencies as well as current and future EU action for preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases.

The Action Plan focuses on seven key domains, namely primary prevention, organisation of stroke services, management of acute stroke, secondary prevention, rehabilitation, evaluation of quality and outcomes as well as life after stroke.  It outlines four overarching targets to be achieved by all European countries and health systems by 2030, which are complemented by further specific targets set for each of the seven domains. SAFE and ESO are currently pursuing its dissemination and implementation at national, regional and local levels.

With an expected 35% increase in the incidence of stroke in Europe by 2035, as highlighted in the Burden of Stroke in Europe Report, this conference represents an important opportunity to bring together European, national and local policy-makers and other key stakeholders to address the disparities across the stroke care pathway between and within European countries.


Registrations for our event are now open! If you are interested in joining us on 28 March at the CoR please register here. On the other hand, if you cannot come to Brussels but would like to follow the live streaming of the event, you can show your interest here.


The event programme will be published soon.


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The event will be organised by SAFE in collaboration with the European Stroke Organisation (ESO) and the Romanian National Stroke Association (ANRS).

About SAFE

SAFE is an umbrella organisation that represents a range of stroke patient organisations across Europe that were affected by stroke. SAFE’s vision is to work towards reducing the number of strokes in Europe as well as ensuring  that everyone who is  affected by stroke gets the help and support they need.

By combining the resources of patient organisations across Europe SAFE is working for better stroke prevention, more effective stroke care, greater public awareness and increased research activity within Europe.

About ESO

ESO is a pan-European society of stroke researchers and physicians, national and regional stroke societies and lay organisations. The aim of the ESO is to reduce burden of stroke by changing the way that stroke is viewed and treated. ESO serves as the voice of stroke in Europe, harmonising stroke management across the whole of Europe and taking action to reduce the burden of stroke regionally and globally.

About ANRS

ANRS is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental and apolitical Romanian association of physicians with scientific, medical and social goals regarding stroke prevention and management optimisation in accordance with the European and WHO standards. The association organises congresses, conferences, round tables, practical demonstrations and symposia that seek to promote up-to-date stroke education, according to the latest scientific research and validated therapeutic progress.


The event will be held under the patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and hosted at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).

About the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU from January to June 2019. The Council of the European Union is the institution where the governments of the EU Member States defend their own country’s national interests in the negotiation of the legislative and non-legislative files. Every EU Member State has the obligation to hold the Council Presidency, which changes every six months.

About the CoR

The European Committee of the Regions is the voice of regions and cities in the EU, aiming to reduce the gap between EU institutions’ work and EU citizens. It is composed of more than 350 local and regional elected representatives from across the EU and advises on new laws that have an impact on regions and cities (which is 70% of all EU legislation).


We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support of this event.






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