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Grand Opening Plenary Session

Our first plenary session will set the tone for the Congress. Following formal introductions initiated by our two Masters of Ceremonies Albert Zoltán Aszalos (Project Manager, Semmelweiss University, Hungary) and Mair Elliott (young patient activist), we turn our attention to two keynote presentations, which will set out the case for patient involvement.

Our two guest speakers will draw upon their own significant personal experience to set out the journey they have taken to becoming patient advocates and the value that the patient voice can add to all aspects of modern-day healthcare.

Welcoming address

  • Marco Greco, President, EPF

Welcome from the European Commission

  • Anne Bucher, Director-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

Welcome from the European Parliament

  • To be confirmed

Welcome from the Finnish Presidency

  • To be confirmed

Keynote Presentation: Why patient involvement?

  • Cees Smit, Patient Advocate, Dutch Patient Alliance for Rare and Genetic Diseases
  • Sara Riggare, Patient Advocate, Karolinska Institute, Sweden


Patients included

We are proud to announce that EPF Congress 2019 is Patients Included™. This means that EPF is committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they were neither excluded nor exploited.

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