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About MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, neurodegenerative disease in which a person’s immune system targets healthy nerves.

MS is most frequently diagnosed in people aged 20–40 years. It is an unpredictable disease that each person will experience differently, but common symptoms often include pain, fatigue, reduced mobility and cognitive dysfunction. The cause of MS is not known and there is currently no cure. However, timely diagnosis, treatment and support have a significant effect on disease progression and quality of life, regardless of the type of MS. Today, there are more than 1,2 million people living with MS in Europe.

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Our members are the backbone of our work. National MS organisations are vital to people with MS and the perspective of our members across Europe brings an irreplaceable added value to our projects and activities.

We currently rely on a network of 43 member MS Societies in 37 European countries representing over 1,2 million people living with MS across Europe.

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Our Team

The EMSP Executive Committee is a group of volunteers representing MS Societies from across Europe and our Staff is a team of dedicated professionals based in Brussels. Click on the individual Board and Staff members to learn more about us and to access our contact details.

Peer Baneke EMSP Observer

Peer Baneke

Herbert Temmes EMSP President

Herbert Temmes

Federica Balzani EMSP Vice-President

Federica Balzani

Klaus Knops EMSP Treasurer

Klaus Knops

Aoife Kirwan EMSP Board Member

Aoife Kirwan

Board Member
Eduard Andrei Pletea - EMSP Board Member - Portrait Image 2022

Eduard Andrei Pletea

Board Member
Jan Van Amstel EMSP Board Member

Jan Van Amstel

Board Member
Nataša Hlaban EMSP Board Member

Nataša Hlaban

Board Member
Susanna Van Tonder EMSP Board Member

Susanna van Tonder

Board Member
Margarida Piçarra Navalhinhas EMSP Young People's Representative

Margarida Piçarra Navalhinhas

Young People's Representative

Debianka Mukherjee

Senior Partnership and Development Manager
Emma Rogan EMSP

Emma Rogan

Campaigns and External Engagement Coordinator

Jana Hlaváčová

External Policy Advisor
Mokhsharif Nasrulloeva EMSP Project Coordinator

Mohsharif Nasrulloeva

Project Coordinator
Patricia Moghames EMSP Programme Coordinator

Patricia Moghames

Programme Coordinator
Žilvinas Gavėnas EMSP ICT Coordinator

Žilvinas Gavėnas

ICT Coordinator

Our Projects

Our projects aim to improve the quality of life of people living with Multiple Sclerosis, as well as to ensure that they receive high-quality equitable treatment, care and can access employment. Click on the projects to access more details or to visit the external project websites.

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Keep up-to-date with the latest news about EMSP, our projects, our members, and generally about MS in Europe.


EMSP Calendar

Check out and register for the most important upcoming EMSP and partner events here

EMSP Annual General Assembly & Annual Conference 2024 “Towards sustainable and healthier systems in Europe”


One of the main highlights of 2024 is the European Elections. It is an important moment to mobilise the European…

Cykelnerven 2024


Cycle the toughest Tour de France Climbs 4th–9th June 2024. Cykelnerven is one of Europe’s most unique and challenging charity…

29th Annual RIMS Conference ‘Empowerment and Inclusivity’


The scientific committee is very proud to welcome you to the Annual RIMS Conference ‘Empowerment and Inclusivity‘, taking place from…