The EULAR Brussels Forum
To mark World Arthritis Day, a global awareness day held on 12 October each year, EULAR seeks discussion with members of the EU policy arena, helping to create and maintain awareness around topics directly concerning people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) in society.
To this end, EULAR began an annual EULAR Brussels Conference in 2010; in 2020, this meeting is renamed the EULAR Brussels Forum, providing a fully online space for ideas and views to be exchanged and shared with society at large and thereby contribute to bringing change forward.
The EULAR Brussels Forum 2020 event
'Employment risks and impacts for Europeans with RMDs during the COVID-19 recession.'
Location / date
Online, 12 October 2020, 14.00 – 15.30 CET
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Rheumatic Muskuloskeletal Diseases (RMDs) are the leading occupational disease in Europe – they account for about 60% of all health problems in the workplace – and they are the biggest cause of sick leave and premature retirement due to physical disability.
The exclusion of people with RMDs from the workplace affects their finances, self-esteem, and mental health, and has a major economic and societal cost. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession represents a significant new threat to the participation of people living with RMD in the workforce.
To address this issue, the EULAR Brussels Forum, a digital debate, will be held on 12 October 2020 at 1400 CET to mark World Arthritis Day.
Moderated by Brussels-based journalist, Cathy Smith, the forum is an online discussion with six panelists, each representing a different perspective on the topic.
The event will explore the challenges faced by people living with RMDs, and the practical and policy measures that can meet their employment needs. It takes place against the backdrop of important policy developments at EU level, including ongoing negotiations over the COVID Recovery Plan, as well as the contents of the new Pharmaceuticals Strategy for Europe and Disability Strategy.
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EULAR 2020 Brussels Forum
Topic 'Employment risks and impacts for Europeans with RMDs during the COVID-19 recession.'
YouTube live broadcast 12 October 2020 14.00 – 15.30 CET
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EU OSHA PARTNER
Through working together, EULAR and its member organisations in Europe, together with EU OSHA, will raise awareness around the risks of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease development in the workplace - and at the same time highlight the opportunities there are to mitigate and manage these.
EULAR is a proud sponsor of the Lightening The Load campaign from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration of the European Union (EU OSHA).