European Epilepsy Day (EED), an initiative of the Joint Task Force of the International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy, was launched on 14 February 2011. With the plan to celebrate EED each year on the second Monday of February, which would be close to St Valentine’s Day – St Valentine being the patron of epilepsy - it was a happy coincidence that this happened to be 14th February for the first EED.
On the first EED an exhibition with the theme ‘The Many Faces of Epilepsy’ took place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and was hosted by Irish MEP Gay Mitchell. Representatives of epilepsy organisations from all around Europe met with a number of MEPs in the European Parliament and meetings were also arranged with the Commissioner for Research, Mr Maire Geoghegan-Quinn and the Health Commissioner – John Dali. At a special lunch in the Parliament, people with epilepsy told the 27 MEPs present of their very moving experiences of living with epilepsy.
Since 2011 EED has grown in and is celebrated across most European countries. To find out more about previous EED events, please scroll down view to reports, photographs and videos.
European Advocates for Epilepsy Working Group The European Advocates for Epilepsy is a group of cross-national, cross-party Members of the European Parliament (MEP) with particular interest in epilepsy, and which is dedicated to improving awareness for epilepsy at EU level. The group submitted the European Declaration on Epilepsy in 2011, signed by five of its members, […]
In 2014, all across Europe, many activities and events were held to mark European Epilepsy Day 2014. Please scroll down to view events from many countries – we will be adding more events from our members around Europe over the next few weeks, so please do come back to look! Croatian Association For Epilepsy […]
The ILAE / IBE Joint Task Force would like to express its thanks and extend a warm welcome to the 11 new MEPs signed up to the European Advocates for Epilepsy. This now brings the total of MEPs to 46, in the group which is led by Gay Mitchell MEP. Members: European Advocates for Epilepsy Working Group Abela […]
EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg speaks at the launch of the 4th European Epilepsy Day IBE and ILAE was honoured to have EU Commissioner Tonio Borg launch European Epilepsy Day 2014 at a reception in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 4th February 2014. Following a welcome to all by Gay Mitchell MEP, who […]
Launch Of European Epilepsy Day 2014 The ILAE/IBE Joint Task Force on epilepsy in Europe – Epilepsy Advocacy Europe – was delighted to have EU Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg, open the poster exhibition to celebrate European Epilepsy Day in the parliament in Strasbourg on Monday 4th February. In his speech, the Commissioner highlighted the […]