EPIONI successfully organized its 3rd flagship annual event on 27 September 2019 at the office of the European Parliament in Athens focusing on informal carers. The event was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, the Municipality of Athens, the Hellenic Psychiatric Association and WFMH.
The event referred in detail to the new European directive which is of particular interest to working family caregivers as it provides for the entitlement to a minimum of 5 days of caregiver leave per year and the right to flexible working arrangements, or work from home for a period of up to six months. A spokesman for the Ministry of Health agreed on the need to educate family carers on the above entitlement.
The new directive provides that member states will take the necessary measures to protect working carers from discrimination or dismissal as a result of the exercise of these rights. The abovementioned directive promotes dialogue on work-life balance. All participants agreed that the directive does not solve the major problems of working or non-family carers but it is the first step.
The event featured notable speakers such as professor of psychiatry Mr. George Christodoulou, Dr. Dimitrios Kontis, Dr. Kalliopi Panagiotopoulou Ms. Nadia Kamel on behalf of Eurocarers, Ms. Donna Walsh, Director of EFNA, Professor Philip Gorwood, President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), and Dr. Claudia Marinetti, Director of Mental Health Europe All discussed in detail the European dimension of support for carers.
The event also featured MEP Stelios Kymbouropoulos and MP Marietta Giannakou who delivered a welcome speech referring to the need for implementing the new directive in Greece and for informing carers about their established rights. Mr. Harris Kountouros, representing the European Parliament’s office in Greece, said that the European Parliament recognizes the important contribution of carers
EPIONI would like to thank the European Psychiatric Association, Eurocarers, Mental Health Europe, EFNA and the European Brain Council for their valuable cooperation in successfully holding this event.
We thank the NGOs Obrela, PEPSAEE, EPAPSY, EDRA, Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health Panagiotis Sakellaropoulos, Agigma Zois and the Panhellenic Federation of People with Multiple Sclerosis.
Last but not least, we would like to thank the sponsors of the event Interamerican, Lundbeck, Servier Hellas, Pharmaserve – Lilly, VIANEX, and AEGEAS AMKE and our media sponsors: