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Parliamentary questions
4 July 2017
E-003103/2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

The EU and its Member States did not oppose the proposal made during informal consultations to have an additional paragraph addressing Research and Development and access to medicines aspects in the draft resolution on cancer prevention and control, to be adopted by the 70th World Health Assembly.

In these informal consultations, the EU and its Member States took a constructive approach aiming at finding a consensus on this paragraph, taking into account the various views expressed by World Health Organisation Member States and supported the final agreement found on this paragraph(1).

The World Health Assembly resolution was agreed by the EU and the Member States representatives in Geneva, and is in line with agreed EU policies relevant to this resolution, including the EU global health policy(2), the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 — the framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)(3) and the communication from the Commission on action against cancer: European partnership(4).

(1)See resolution WHA70.12, OP.2(9) http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA70/A70_R12-en.pdf
(2)Communication of the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions of 31 March 2010 on the EU Role in Global Health (COM(2010)128); and Council conclusions on the EU role in Global Health, 10 May 2010.
(3)Official Journal of the European Union, L347/965, 20.12.2013.
(4)Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions of 24 June 2009 on Action against Cancer: European Partnership (COM(2009) 291 final, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex:52009DC0291 )

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