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. Elsa Mateus as the chairperson is  supported  by  the PARE Board, which includes the leaders of PARE's working groups, and the Core Group (Chair, Vice-President and Chair-elect/Past Chair).


Find out more: Watch different addresses from across the EULAR PARE network!
Scroll down the page to watch six videos recorded at the EULAR Annual Conference of PARE, February 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal.


Amardeep Gill, National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, United Kingdom

Cveta Apostolova, Bulgarian Organisation for Patients with Rheumatic Diseases


Jolanta Grygielska, Polish Rheuma Federation



Nina Unesi, Swedish Rheumatism Association


Wouter D`Hondt, ReumaNet and Orka, Belgium


Nenad Nedic, The Association of Rheumatic Diseases Patients of the Republic of Serbia


Related information

Values and principles 

  • PARE's activities are governed by a number of values and principles 
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  • Get to know the EULAR Standing Committee of PARE in full perspective (PDF)

With one voice

People with rheumatic diseases deserve to be heard, with one single and powerful voice! Read more

PARE Board Terms of Engagement

Terms of Engagement for the
Board of the Standing Committee of
People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (PARE Board) Read more

PARE Board

Elsa Mateus, Chair of Standing Committee of PARE, Portugal

Dieter Wiek, Vice President, representing PARE, Germany

Souzi Makri, Chair-elect of Standing Committee of PARE, Cyprus

Tanita Wilhelmer, Young PARE, Austria  

Jeanette Andersen, Denmark

Boryana Boteva, Bulgaria

Kristijonas Mazuras, Lithuania

Polina Pchelnikova, Russia

Katy Antonopoulou, Greece

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Role of liaison persons

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PARE Projects

EULAR Recommendations for the implementation of self-management strategies in patients with Inflammatory Arthritis (IA)
Convenor: Ailsa Bosworth