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MEP Interest Group on Antimicrobial Resistance

deaths AMR is annually responsible for in Europe

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million people who could be pushed into extreme poverty by 2030 by AMR.

MEPs FIGHT AMR

2019-2024 strategic work programme of the
MEP Interest Group on Antimicrobial Resistance

The European Parliament can play a key role in boosting actions to tackle AMR at EU level.

The MEP Interest Group on AMR offers a unique opportunity to address AMR, which not only directly affects the lives of all Europeans but also threatens global economic development.

BECOME AN AMR CHAMPION

What is the MEP Interest Group on AMR?

The AMR MEP Interest Group is the only dedicated group of MEPs working together to take action to combat one of the greatest global health threats of our time. Participating MEPs are concerned by the rise in drug-resistant infections and believe that European cooperation is vital.  No single country can tackle this cross-border threat alone.  Members of the group are committed to:

  • Ensure that AMR remains high on the EU policy agenda during the new EU mandate and that well-coordinated and resourced actions at EU and national level are undertaken, aligned with the global work led by the WHO, UN agencies and other actors 
  • Stress the need for urgent action to tackle AMR through a multi-sectoral ‘One Health’ approach which addresses human, animal and environmental health

Why become a member?

Knowledge – 

  • Benefit from evidence-based information to build your knowledge to implement effective actions on AMR
  • Receive regular updates on policy and scientific developments  

Support – 

  • Receive continuous support from AMR Stakeholder Network members to undertake actions in the European Parliament, including drafting motions for plenary debates, reports, opinions, and/or questions for written answers on AMR across its human, animal and environmental dimensions
  • Join other concerned MEPs to keep pressure on the European Commission and Member States to deliver on their commitments
  • Receive support to highlight issues of national relevance which have a direct impact on your constituents

Stay Connected – 

  • be connected to a wide network of civil society organisations across Europe
  • engage with other MEPs and decision-makers committed to tackling AMR, 
  • show your commitment and visibility to tackling this urgent public health threat

What are the aims and objectives for the 2019-2024 term?

  • Ensuring that AMR is high on the EU policy agenda and that the European Parliament plays
    a key role in boosting AMR action
  • Stressing the need for urgent action through a multi-sectoral One Health approach, which
    addresses human, animal and environmental health
  • Ensuring that the EU and its Member States deliver on their commitments and implement
    effective actions at EU, national and regional level.

READ THE FULL 2019-2024 STRATEGIC WORK PROGRAMME HERE.

Meet the AMR champions

Sarah Wiener, MEP

Sarah Wiener, MEP

Greens/EFA, Austria

Chair

Tiemo Wölken, MEP

Tiemo Wölken, MEP

S&D, Germany

Vice-Chair

Nicolae Ştefănuţă, MEP

Nicolae Ştefănuţă, MEP

Renew Europe, Romania

Vice-Chair

Brando Benifei, MEP

Brando Benifei, MEP

S&D, Italy

Petra De Sutter, MEP

Petra De Sutter, MEP

Greens/EFA, Belgium

Roberta Metsola, MEP

Roberta Metsola, MEP

EPP, Malta

Biljana Borzan, MEP

Biljana Borzan, MEP

S&D, Croatia

Fredrick Federley, MEP

Fredrick Federley, MEP

Renew Europe, Sweden

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP

EPP, Finland

Sara Cerdas, MEP

Sara Cerdas, MEP

S&D, Portugal

Frances Fitzgerald, MEP

Frances Fitzgerald, MEP

EPP, Ireland

Christel Schaldemose, MEP

Christel Schaldemose, MEP

S&D, Denmark

Olivier Chastel, MEP

Olivier Chastel, MEP

Renew Europe, Belgium

Mairead McGuinness, MEP

Mairead McGuinness, MEP

EPP, Ireland

Tomislav Sokol, MEP

Tomislav Sokol, MEP

EPP, Croatia

Sarah Wiener, MEP

Greens/EFA, Austria

Chair

Tiemo Wölken, MEP

S&D, Germany

Vice-Chair

Nicolae Ştefănuţă, MEP

Renew Europe, Romania

Vice-Chair

Brando Benifei, MEP

S&;D, Italy

Biljana Borzan, MEP

S&D, Croatia

Sara Cerdas, MEP

S&D, Portugal

Olivier Chastel, MEP

Renew Europe, Belgium

Petra De Sutter, MEP

Greens/EFA, Belgium

Fredrick Federley, MEP

Renew Europe, Sweden

Frances Fitzgerald, MEP

EPP, Ireland

Mairead McGuinness, MEP

EPP, Ireland

Roberta Metsola, MEP

EPP, Malta

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP

EPP, Finland

Tomislav Sokol, MEP

EPP, Croatia

Christel Schaldemose, MEP

S&D, Denmark

How do we work?

The MEP Interest Group will meet on average twice per year with external stakeholders (annual meeting + side meeting dedicated to a specific AMR-related dimension). The group will also meet at least once internally with AMR Stakeholder Members and/or the Secretariat. Meetings can take the form of debates, workshops, or webinars to discuss, monitor progress and advocate for future actions.

MEPs are free to decide on their level of involvement in meetings and other activities, depending on their interests and agendas. Nonetheless, MEPs are highly encouraged to take part in at least one activity a year.

Further to the first introductory technical internal meeting of the group which took place on 20 January 2020, the official launch of the group took place on 19 February 2020 at the European Parliament.

The AMR Stakeholder Network’s Roadmap for Action on AMR with 5 key strategies and corresponding targets for EU and national policy makers to address AMR, will contribute to the Interest Group’s work and activities. A strategic work programme with priorities of the Group will be released at the kick-off meeting.

The Secretariat

The Secretariat of the Interest Group is supported by the AMR Stakeholder Network and co-hosted by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), which leads the AMR Stakeholder Network, and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe, which is a member of the Network.

EPHA is a leading Brussels-based NGO advocating for better health in Europe. It is a member-led organisation made up of public health NGOs, patient groups, health professionals and disease groups, working to improve health and strengthen the voice of public health in Europe. 

HCWH Europe is the European arm of a global not-for-profit NGO whose mission is to transform healthcare worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability, and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

The AMR Stakeholder Network, operating within the framework of the European Commission’s Health Policy Platform, brings together 80 members representing health and environmental NGOs, patient organisations, public health institutes, national and regional authorities and agencies, committed academics and healthcare professionals working on AMR, and other stakeholders, working on AMR.  

The MEP Interest Group activities and organisation of meetings at the European Parliament will receive financial support from European Commission Operating Grants of the EU Health Programme & LIFE Programme.

ABOUT THE AMR STAKEHOLDER NETWORK

Questions?

Ann-Marie Borg

Policy Coordinator

European Public Health Alliance

am.borg@epha.org

+32 2 233 3877

Jean-Yves Stenuick

Pharmaceuticals Policy & Projects Officer

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe

jean-yves.stenuick@hcwh.org

+32 2503 3137

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