About Us

Who we are

For over 30 years, the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform has been the leading voice in Europe advocating for people living with MS. In tandem with our members, partners, and people living with MS across the EU, we strive to influence policy decisions to ensure high- quality, equitable treatment, care, and resources for people affected by MS, and their inclusion in education, employment, and society at large. EMSP is also a driving force in the MS research agenda, ensuring coherence, engagement of people living with MS, and advancement towards our vision of a world without MS.

As the umbrella organisation for national MS organisations in Europe, EMSP is uniquely positioned to:

  • Identify and facilitate programmes that make a real difference to people with MS
  • Enhance cooperation between European players in the fields of research and advocacy
  • Influence European health, social, and employment policies through evidence-based advocacy reflecting the collective views of our membership
  • Support national MS societies in their advocacy work, including outreach to policy-makers and capacity-building
  • Build alliances between MS, chronic disease, and disability advocates across

Vision

A world without MS, achieved in partnership with people living with MS, their communities across Europe, and their allies.

Mission

EMSP brings together the unique expertise of our members and partners in Europe to drive critical, state-of-the-art research and advance MS-relevant policies and treatments, and possible cure. Our platform offers our members, EU decision-makers and opinion-leaders, and the wider MS community valuable evidence-based resources and tools to improve the lives of every individual living with MS in Europe.

Our Values

  • Equity
  • Solidarity
  • Social Justice
  • Sustainability (systems, society, environment)
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Our commitments 

Strategic Plan

An overview of our Strategic Plan 2022-2024 can be found here.

Constitution

EMSP’s Constitution is available in both English and French.

EMSP Annual Report

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

Observer
Herbert Temmes EMSP President

Herbert Temmes

President
Federica Balzani EMSP Vice-President

Federica Balzani

Vice-President
Klaus Knops EMSP Treasurer

Klaus Knops

Treasurer
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
Mokhsharif Nasrulloeva EMSP Project Coordinator

Mohsharif Nasrulloeva

Project Coordinator
Patricia Moghames EMSP Programme Coordinator

Patricia Moghames

Programme Coordinator

Simina Peterfi

Youth Engagement and Community Manager
Žilvinas Gavėnas EMSP ICT Coordinator

Žilvinas Gavėnas

ICT Coordinator

Find your national MS society

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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