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The EPDA is a non-political, non-religious and not-for-profit organisation

The EPDA vision

To enable all people with Parkinson’s in Europe to live a full life while supporting the search for a cure.

The EPDA mission

In order to make our vision a reality, we aim to become the leading voice for Parkinson’s in Europe by providing innovative leadership, information and resources to:

  • national Parkinson’s organisations
  • European policymakers
  • healthcare professionals
  • people with Parkinson's and their families
  • treatment industry
  • the media 

We work to raise the profile of Parkinson’s and enable people living with the disease to be treated effectively and equally throughout Europe.

What does the EPDA aim to do?

By working with our members – who represent the needs of individual people with Parkinson’s and their families at a national level – the EPDA aims to:

  • positively influence Parkinson’s stakeholders to challenge existing mindsets, shift attitudes and remove the hurdles that prevent PwPs from receiving early and appropriate treatment as well as individualised care
  • increase public and political awareness of Parkinson’s as a priority health challenge
  • support the development of national Parkinson’s organisations throughout Europe
  • help reduce stigma and remove discrimination against people with Parkinson’s

Strategic direction

In June 2013, the EPDA Board reviewed its strategic direction to ensure that the three goals below, will achieve its aim of developing constructive relationships with key stakeholders, particularly its member organisations. 

Strategic goal 1: Share

The EPDA needs to:

  • act as a facilitator for frequent, quality dialogue and the sharing of successful activities across its member organisation (MO) network
  • act as a central contact and conduit for its MOs so they can access specific resources that already exist within other MOs
  • share successful activities in order to maximise the impact of the MOs’ pooled resources across Europe.

Strategic goal 2: Develop

  • provide targeted information and support to MOs where necessary
  • support MOs in achieving their core aims and objectives
  • enable MOs to strengthen the impact of their national activities
  • encourage and develop partnerships with influential stakeholders in the world of Parkinson's.

Strategic goal 3: Lead

Acting as the voice for Parkinson’s in Europe, the EPDA needs to:

  • strive to place Parkinson’s at the top of the European political agenda
  • provide a strong voice in Europe with key decision makers when fighting for the interests of people living with Parkinson’s and their families
  • raise awareness of important and emerging European agendas.

Current projects

The EPDA is aware that building awareness and strong links with European organisations – particularly national Parkinson’s organisations, other leading patient organisations and influential bodies such as the European Commission, the World Federation of Neurology and the World Health Organisation – are the keys to making our vision a reality. We are therefore committed to launching, implementing and completing a wide range of initiatives that are designed to make a vast difference to people with Parkinson’s – and how the disease is managed by healthcare professions – in the years to come. You can learn more about some of our current projects here.