Standing Committee of PARE

The national organisations of people with arthritis/rheumatism across Europe work together via the EULAR Standing Committee of PARE. Each member country is represented with one delegate in the committee. The standing committee meets annually on the occasion of the EULAR congress to review progress and plan future activities. Throughout the year, liaison persons, appointed by the organisations, ensure a smooth communication flow.

The EULAR Standing Committee of PARE gathers representatives of rheumatic and musculoskeletal user groups around Europe to work together towards improving the quality of life for the more than 120 million people in Europe living with these conditions.

The committee's vision is of people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases in Europe being empowered to lead full and independent lives.


The primary aims of PARE are:

  • develop strong networks of effective, user-led organisations of people with RMDs.
  • ensure the voice of people with RMDs is heard and has influence among decision makers within Europe.
  • create powerful alliances that will make a difference to the lives of people with RMDs.

To achieve this, the committee organises a range of high-quality activities and programmes.

Dieter Wiek as the chairperson is  supported  by  the PARE Board, which includes delegates elected from EULAR national member organisations, from organisations that have a co-opted delegate in SC PARE, and the ex-officio members (Chair, Vice-President, Vice-President-elect and Chair-elect/Past Chair).


PARE Board

Dieter Wiek, Chair Standing Committee of PARE, Germany

Marios Kouloumas, EULAR Vice President representing PARE, Cyprus

Nele Caeyers, Chair-elect, Belgium 

Petra Balazova, YoungPARE, Slovakia

Boryana Boteva, Bulgaria

Elsa Mateus, Portugal

Kristijonas Mazuras, Lithuania

Dora Papastavrou, Greece

Polina Pchelnikova, Russia


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