EULAR Public Affairs: Employment, social affairs and disability

Europe is more and more influencing national policies in the area of social and employment affairs. EU law and policy initiatives in this domain have a significant impact in fields like the fight against disability and discrimination or the protection of workers in the work place. Furthermore, the EU has a leading and coordinating role in promoting actions in the field of active and healthy ageing and health and safety at work.

Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) are the single biggest cause of physical disability. The diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue such as arthritis or osteoporosis are also particularly important in terms of cost of disability benefits. Whereas traditional disability policy focused only on handicaps such as blindness or deafness, modern approaches recognise the importance of chronic diseases as disabling conditions. EULAR strives to address all aspects of disability in the medical and political debate.

Given the relevance of EU employment and social affairs policies for people with RMDs, EULAR is actively engaged in the debates around key EU policy initiatives such as disability and discrimination, active and healthy ageing, health and safety at work and alike.

Among others, EULAR has participated in EU campaigns and have organised events to discuss with EU policy makers and stakeholders on EU policy initiatives.

Related information

What are RMDs?

Read the EULAR Q&A on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) to find out what they - and what problems they pose to individuals and society. Click here.

European year 2012 coalition on active ageing and solidarity between generations (EY2012)

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EU-OSHA “Healthy workplaces campaign 2012-2013: working together for risk prevention”

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European disability legislation

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Hungarian EU Presidency conference "Burden of rheumatoid and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs): Challenges in work capacity and prevention of disability in the EU"

Budapest, 20-21 April 2011
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The EULAR Charter for Work – integrating people with rheumatic conditions in work life

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