Declaration on RMDs and disability
(2011) As a result of the Hungarian EU Presidency conference burden of rheumatoid and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs): Challenges in work capacity and prevention of disability in the EU, representatives of Member States and stakeholders signed a declaration, calling on the EU and the national governments to recognise the socio-economic impact of RMDs on the European workforce and to increase cooperation aiming to improve the prevention of disability caused by RMDs.
EULAR Brussels Declaration
(2010) The EULAR Brussels Declaration 2010 was adopted during the Belgian EU Presidency conference on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, co-organised by the Belgian EU Presidency and EULAR. The Declaration embraced six areas of intervention: rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases as a priority on health policy agendas; rights of patients to quality healthcare and to full inclusion in economic and social life; early prevention and referral; evidence-based treatment and standards of care; patient involvement in the design, implementation and evaluation of healthcare services; and increased research funding.
The EULAR Charter for Work - Integrating people with rheumatic conditions in work life
(2009) In early 2009 the EULAR Charter for Work was launched, raising awareness of the needs of people with chronic conditions at the work place. The charter calls for a real dialogue with employers, insurers and policy makers to shape proper conditions for work ability. New work organisation models are promoted as a way of getting more people who want to work (back) into work.