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Europe's beating Cancer Plan - Let's Strive For More, Brussel

Europees parlement in Brussel
© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen
datum 4 februari 2020 16:01
plaats Brussel, België
locatie European Parliament, Brussels (14h30-16h30) Toon locatie
zender EbS
aanwezigen (Mairead) McGUINNESS i, M. (Margaritis) Schinas i, S. (Stella) Kyriakides i, (Loucas) Fourlas i, (Véronique) Trillet-Lenoir i, U.G. (Ursula) von der Leyen i e.a.
organisatie Europees Parlement (EP) i

About the event

On 4 February - World Cancer Day - the European Commission will start its outreach on Europe’s Cancer Plan at an event in the European Parliament in Brussels, supported by the MEPs Against Cancer Interest Group. While the EU has a long history in the fight against cancer, there are still many challenges ahead. This event aims to demonstrate the EU’s strong commitment to fighting cancer and to harness the collective power for positive change.

The event will take place between 14.30 and 16.30 and a draft programme is available.


The half day event will bring together a range of stakeholders including political leaders, representatives from international organisations, health ministries, leading academics, scientists and health professionals, the private sector and NGOs as well as cancer patients and survivors, who will share their personal testimonials.


A new case of cancer is diagnosed in the EU every 9 seconds. It is the second leading cause of mortality after cardiovascular disease and it places a massive burden on our health and social systems, puts pressure on governmental budgets and negatively impacts the productivity and growth of the economy, including a healthy workforce.

Tackling cancer is of fundamental importance for Europe’s future. By 2035, there will be a doubling of cancer cases and an estimated 40% of the population will face cancer at some point in their lives. However, at the same time 40% of all cancers can be prevented if we implement what we know already. With these numbers in mind and the different approaches from Member States, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen has tasked Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, with the launch of an ambitious cancer plan.

Europe’s Cancer Plan will propose actions at every key stage of the disease: prevention (lifestyle, pollution, vaccination), diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

Social media

The event will be web streamed from 14.30 to 16.30.

Hashtags: #WorldCancerDay and #EUCancerPlan

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Europees Parlement (EP)

Het Europees Parlement (EP) vertegenwoordigt ruim 450 miljoen Europeanen en bestaat momenteel uit 705 afgevaardigden i (inclusief voorzitter). Nederland heeft 29 zetels i in het Europees Parlement. Het Europees Parlement wordt geacht een stem te geven aan de volkeren van de 27 landen i die aan de Unie deelnemen, en vooral te letten op het belang van de Unie in zijn geheel.

De leden van het Europees Parlement worden om de vijf jaar rechtstreeks gekozen door de burgers van de Europese Unie. De volgende verkiezingen zijn in 2024. Het Parlement debatteert op basis van voorstellen van de Europese Commissie i en kan daarbij wijzigingen voorstellen, waarna het Parlement samen met de Raad van de Europese Unie i een beslissing over deze voorstellen neemt.


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