CBaQerkVIAAWRaOTBEC was partly formed in response to the lack of awareness of TB and MDR-TB amongst decision-makers throughout the European Union (EU) and wider European and Central Asian region. Today, at the EU level, the TBEC Secretariat and our members regularly engage with relevant Directorate-Generals at the European Commission and we have become an important and noted stakeholder in the field of TB and civil society involvement. In March 2015, we were closely involved in the development of the first Ministerial Meeting on TB and it’s drug-resistance that was held in Riga as part of the Latvian Presidency of the EU. TBEC members regularly contribute to public consultations on the fight against TB in Europe, actively participate in relevant EU forums and stand available to provide information and advice to policy-makers on issues that the network has particular expertise.

Over the past few years, TBEC members have regularly met and discussed the threat of MDR-TB and the funding crisis for HIV and TB programmes in the region with representatives in the majority of EU Member States in Brussels, aiming to address the need to provide a regional response to the TB epidemic. In 2013, TBEC engagement with the European Parliament resulted in a proposal for a written declaration on MDR-TB in Europe being signed by 202 MEPs.

Along with policy-makers, TBEC works closely with other key stakeholders in the region. These include ECDC, WHO Europe and the Stop TB Partnership. TBEC has also been appointed as the civil society representative in several consultations and high-level events, including the developing of the Framework Action Plan on TB in Europe, the development of the TB Action Plan for Europe (TBAP), and a global consultation to prepare a Framework to eliminate TB in low incidence countries. TBEC’s Secretariat chairs the Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) on TB and was invited to participate in an expert group to support EU member states in the process of introducing new drugs/ regimens in their TB control programme and strategies. Different TBEC members are also systematically involved and selected as civil society representatives in National TB Programme Reviews organised by WHO Europe throughout the region.

 


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