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EED in the European Parliament

by on February 14, 2013


While the day will be celebrated across Europe on Monday 11th February, due to the European Union calendar, events to mark the 3rd European Epilepsy Day will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels one week later, commencing Monday 18th February.

Stand Up for Epilepsy Photography Exhibition

This exhibition, which was first mounted in London during the European Congress on Epileptology in 2012, is a collection of images of sports stars photographed with people with epilepsy. The idea for the exhibition stemmed from London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympics. Among the 45 images included are several famous faces such as Usain Bolt!

The exhibition is being mounted on the ground floor of the Altiero Spinelli Building:  ASP G block, Ground Floor (beside the MEPs restaurant) and will be in place until Friday 22nd February.

Evening Reception

A reception to officially launch the photography exhibition will take place on Tuesday 19th February, starting at 18.30. The reception is being hosted by Gay Mitchell MEP and the name of the guest speaker will be announced in the coming day. A special part of the reception will be a gymnastics display by a young Hungarian girl, Veronika Mytikó. Veronika is being prevented from access to her gym and from gymnastic competition by Hungarian authorities on the basis that she has epilepsy. This is despite the fact that her epilepsy is fully controlled and her medical consultant has certified that there is no medical reason why she cannot participate in the sport.

Workshop on Epilepsy Costs & Prevalence

A one hour workshop, on Epilepsy Costs and Prevalence will take place on Tuesday 19th from 14:00 to 15:00. Hosted by Gay Mitchell MEP, the speakers will be Torbjörn Tomson (Sweden) and Christine Linehan (Ireland).

Private Meetings

A number of private meetings have been arranged in Brussels. These include a meeting with EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg. Representatives from IBE and ILAE member associations are welcome to attend the Stand Up for Epilepsy Reception and/or the Workshop on Epilepsy Costs and Prevalence.

However, prior intention to attend must be sent to our colleagues in the International Bureau for Epilepsy.

Please use their  Contact Form on the website to write to us.


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