The Written Declaration on Heart Failure (110/2016)

15 million hearts, 15 million lives

Written Declaration 110/2016 was one of the largest political campaigns on heart failure in Europe, running from October 2016-January 2016.


The Written Declaration on Heart Failure closed on the 24th January with 234 signatures.

Why do we need a Written Declaration?

Written Declaration 110/2016 on Heart Failure is one of the first official policy opportunities in the European Union (EU) to specifically promote policy awareness of heart failure and to build a clear consensus that heart failure is a policy priority across Europe.

The majority of European countries do not have a national health care strategy for heart failure and there is no EU-wide strategy supporting public awareness, prevention, diagnosis and management. Strong leadership by European and national policy makers is essential to reduce the future burden of the condition.


What does the Written Declaration on Heart Failure involve?

A Written Declaration in the European Parliament is a means by which Members of European Parliament (MEPs) can raise awareness of certain issues in the European Parliament and the European Commission. It is limited to 200 words on a topic of EU competencies, in this case, the often neglected condition of heart failure.

Written Declaration 110/2016 requests that the European Commission considers initiatives to:

  • Encourage Member States to create comprehensive national plans to drive improvement and collect adequate data on heart failure;
  • Create a Europe-wide strategy to support public awareness, patient advocacy, and exchange of research and best practice in heart failure;
  • Support training on heart failure among GPs and internists, and specialisation and accreditation of training for nurses and allied health professionals.

Written Declaration 110/2016 can be downloaded here»

(The Written Declaration can be downloaded in European languages from the Resources section)


How do you succeed?

The Written Declaration is presented to all MEPs for their signature, and to be successful half of all MEPs must sign.

When passed, the declaration is published in the European Parliament minutes and forwarded to the European Commission together with the names of the signatories.

Please help us to make Written Declaration 110/2016 a success!


Initiating MEPs



PPE – Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) in the European Parliament

S&D – Group of the Progresive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

ECR – European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament

GUE/NGL – European United Left/Nordic Green Left Group in the European Parliament

The Heart Failure Policy Network is an independent, multidisciplinary group of politicians, patients, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders from across Europe whose goal is to raise awareness of the unmet needs surrounding heart failure and its care. The Network is supported through grants from Novartis Pharma and St Jude Medical. All members donate their time for free.