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Parliamentary questions
28 March 2014
E-001176/2014
Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

The 2007 Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related Health Issues(1) promotes a balanced diet and active lifestyles, and encourages action oriented partnerships involving EU Member States(2) and civil society(3). In this context, the High Level Group has shaped a Member State-led Action Plan to tackle childhood obesity (2014-2020)(4).

The Commission has supported projects related to diabetes through the Health programme, such as EUROBIROID, SWEET, and IMAGE(5). A European Parliament pilot project ‘Developing and implementing successful prevention strategies for type II diabetes’ is also currently being implemented.

In the framework of the joint action ‘Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle’ co-financed by the health programme, there is a work package specifically dedicated to the prevention and early diagnosis of diabetes type II.

In addition, the Commission is convening an EU summit on chronic diseases on 3/4 April 2014 in Brussels, to continue the discussion on where further EU action in the area of chronic diseases, including diabetes, might add value.

Within the 7th Framework Programmes for Research (2007 — 2013) the Commission has devoted EUR 292 million to type 2 diabetes research, of which EUR 27 million on prevention. For example, the DALI(6) project identifies best available measures to prevent Gestational Diabetes mellitus in pregnancy. Horizon 2020 — The framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) will offer opportunities to address further research on this subject. Information on current funding opportunities can be obtained at the EC Research and Innovation Participant Portal(7).

(1)COM(2007) 279.
(2)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/high_level_group/index_en.htm
(3)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/platform/index_en.htm
(4)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/docs/childhoodobesity_actionplan_2014_2020_en.pdf
(5)http://ec.europa.eu/eahc/projects/database.html
(6)http://www.dali-project.eu/
(7)http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/index.html

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