After a break of some years, IBE has recently renewed its membership of the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA). EFNA is a federation of European umbrella organisations of neurological lay advocacy groups that facilitates collaboration with other associations in the field of neurology, including the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS).

It’s vision is a better quality of life for people in Europe living with a neurological disorder.

EFNA’s objectives include influencing of policy makers in Europe to allocate the necessary resources to reduce the burden for people living with a neurological disorder and to achieve positive change and to establish strong working partnerships with relevant stakeholders, with the aim of improving quality of life, promoting better access to diagnosis, treatment and information and improving public awareness and understanding.

EFNA works with the European Commission and the European Parliament, relevant health professionals and other groups. Its activities include organising conferences and educational workshops, campaigning at European level and production of newsletters and information leaflets.

IBE’s membership was ratified at the EFNA General Assembly held in Vienna in September 2013.

Other members of EFNA include Stroke Alliance for Europe, Motor Neurone Disease Association – Europe, European Multiple Sclerosis Platform, European Headache Alliance, and International Brain Tumour Alliance.

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