A Written Declaration (WD) on the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) to the European region was launched in the European Parliament on 15 April 2013. A written declaration is an advocacy tool, such as written or oral questions but with a greater scope. It raises awareness on the cost and threat of DR-TB to the European region and contains two recommendations calling on the European Commission and Council to financially and politically back the Global Fund 2013 replenishment and the WHO Europe’s Roadmap on drug-resistant tuberculosis.

The TB Europe Coalition mobilised 14 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from 6 different political groups and 10 different countries to sponsor the WD.

In order for the Written Declaration to pass it needed the signatures of 377 MEPs within 3 months. On 15 July 2013 we reached 202 and  the Written Declaration has therefore not been accepted. However it was a great opportunity to raise awareness around the re-emergence of tuberculosis and MDR-TB in the European region. The political momentum created by the campaign will be used to advocate for stronger legislation on TB in the future.

During the campaign, the TB Europe Coalition mobilised EU citizens to participate and send letters urging their representatives to sign the declaration, using the toolkit below. TBEC would like to thank everyone who took the time to contact their MEPs and the great enthusiasm of activists and advocates which greatly helped the campaign in the past three months.

TOOLKIT FOR EU CITIZENS

You can contact your representative in the European Parliament (called MEPs) and encourage them to sign Written Declaration 0007/2013 on the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis to the European region. To this end, we developed a toolkit in 8 EU languages.

What does the toolkit contains?

  • The Written Declaration in all EU languages
  • A 1-page background  note on the Written Declaration explaining how you can help
  • A sample letter translated in 8 EU languages which you can copy paste in an email to your MEP
  • The list of MEPs by country and constituency with their contact details.

How does it work?

It only takes 5 minutes! Basically you just need to copy paste the sample letter in an email, add your details, and send it to all MEPs from your country and/or constituency.  You will find the contact details of your MEPs in the contact list we prepared. For bigger EU member states who have constituencies/electoral zones you just need to use the filters to find your MEPs (ie: Italy, France, United Kingdom, Germany). For smaller countries, you can contact all MEPs (ie: Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Romania).

See the toolkit below in English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian and Spanish.

English

Français

Nederlands

Deutsch

Italiano

България

Romania

Spanish

We count on your support, and don’t hesitate to share as widely as possible to your colleagues, family and friends. The more emails the more chance we get to have a stronger EU commitment on TB.

Please contact Fanny at fvoitzwinkler@ghadvocates.org for more information or assistance.

TOGETHER, LET’S USE THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO PUT TB HIGHER ON THE POLITICAL AGENDA OF THE EU!!