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Application for EU Funding

by on February 27, 2012

Responsibility for the functioning of the Council of the European Union lies with the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Presidency is held on a 6 monthly rotating basis by the national governments of each of the 27 Member States of the European Union. The current EU Presidency is being served by Denmark.

The Presidency operates through a troika system whereby 3 Presidencies collaborate for three terms over an 18 month period. Each Presidency has an opportunity to set the agenda of the European Union over the specified 6 months and in the first 6 months of 2013, Ireland will host the Presidency of the EU. Ireland will work alongside Lithuania and Greece in a troika spanning from January 2012 to June 2013.

The International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy have applied to host a Conference alongside the Irish Presidency of the European Union in March 2013. Direct EU Funding to the amount of €100,000 is available for the event but the opportunity to work alongside the European Union and align objectives is perhaps more valuable for the epilepsy agenda.

The groundwork for this project has been set by the Joint Task Force on Epilepsy, a collaboration between ILAE and IBE. The Joint Task Force is co-chaired by Mike Glynn, IBE President, and Emilio Perucca ILAE Treasurer. The specific objectives of the Conference are:

  • to promote and discuss the opportunities for coordinated, targeted and precise innovative research efforts that would build on the significant gains made by basic and clinical research in the past
  • to seek to address the optimal standards of care for persons with epilepsy which are still unequally distributed in Europe
  • to develop programmes which will raise public awareness of epilepsy and to reduce the stigma associated with the disease (which very often causes more distress and problems than the epilepsy itself) by the organisation of parallel workshop sessions during the conference.
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