The MEPs Interest Group will focus on the following issues:

  1. Make the European Parliament acknowledge the European Patients' Rights Day in order to officially recognize and institutionalize it.
  2. Actively support the celebrations of the European Patients’ Rights Day and collaborate with civic and patient associations at the national and European level.
  3. Strengthen the protection of patients’ rights in the European legislation, starting from the adoption of the European Charter of Patients' Rights, 14 patients' rights that together aim to guarantee a “high level of human health protection” (Article 35 of the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union) and to assure the high quality of services provided by the various national health services in Europe.
  4. Promote initiatives that encourage and ensure among EU countries the respect of the primary and secondary European legislation focused on the patients’ safety and the protection of their rights. It could be done with the involvement of civic and patient association, starting from the Directive 2011/24/EU on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare (which is included in the title for the first time the patients’ rights) and the most recent “Draft Report on safer healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance (2014/2207(INI))", approved unanimously on 16th April 2015 by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
  5. Establish the European Year of Patients' Rights during its mandate.

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