Strengthening Europe in the fight against cancer

This study provides an overview of the current state-of-play in Europe in respect to the fight against cancer. It focuses in particular on four main areas: causation of cancer; cancer screening and early diagnosis; access to cancer treatment, care and research; and rare and childhood cancers. It provides key findings and recommendations in each of these areas. This document was provided by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

Europe's Beating Cancer plan: Launch of an EU-wide debate

On 4 February 2020, on the occasion of World Cancer Day, the European Commission initiated a broad stakeholder debate on the proposed Europe's Beating Cancer plan, to be rolled out towards the end of the year. The launch event was held in the European Parliament in Brussels, supported by the MEPs Against Cancer Interest Group. It brought together political leaders, representatives from international organisations, health ministries, leading academics, scientists and health professionals, the private sector and non-governmental organisations, and cancer patients and survivors. Ahead of the event, the EP's Think Tank prepared a briefing available in EN, FR, DE and PL.

Commitments made at the hearing of Stella KYRIAKIDES, Commissioner-designate – Health

The commissioner-designate, Stella Kyriakides, appeared before the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the European Parliament on 01 October 2019 to answer MEPs' questions. During the hearing, she made a number of oral commitments which are highlighted in this document. These commitments refer to her portfolio, as described in the mission letter sent to her by Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, including "protecting and promoting public health" and "food safety and animal and plant health".

Legislative train schedule: Europe’s Beating Cancer plan

The EU's new health programme: EU4Health

Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) adopted its report on the EU4Health proposal on 14 October 2020. It suggests to put a stronger focus on disease prevention and health promotion, reducing health inequalities and ensuring equal access to health, and to strengthen the EU's fight against cancer in synergy with the forthcoming Europe's Beating Cancer plan, not least through the creation of a European Cancer Institute.
Parliament is expected to vote on the report during the November I plenary session. This would open the way for trilogue negotiations.The briefing is available in EN, FR, DE, PL, ES and IT.

EU Public Health Policies: State of play, current and future challenges Policy

This study provides an outlook on the topics that may shape the ENVI Committee's public health agenda during the new legislature. It describes key public health definitions, principles and concepts, discusses the EU's powers to act on health, and presents an overview of health policy developments and challenges.
This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament.

Workshop proceedings "Cancer prevention-modifiable risk factors"

On 18 February 2020, the Health Working Group of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) held a workshop on cancer prevention, focussing on modifiable risk factors. Dolores Montserrat and Sara Cerdas MEPs, the Co-Chairs of the Health Working Group, presided over the meeting. This briefing summarises the presentations that were delivered by the invited experts.

Mobile phones and health: Where do we stand?

There is a vast body of research on the possibility of a link between mobile phone radiation and health problems, including on the potential risk of cancer. This Briefing provides an overview of the research landscape, major studies on the health effects of mobile phones and conclusions of international and European expert bodies. It is available in EN and FR.

A pharmaceutical strategy for Europe: First steps

On 1 June 2020, the European Commission published a roadmap for a pharmaceutical strategy for Europe. The strategy will have the overall goal of ensuring Europe's supply of safe and affordable medicines and supporting the European pharmaceutical industry's innovation efforts. Two consultations (on the roadmap and the strategy, respectively), are currently under way. Adoption of the strategy is envisaged for the fourth quarter of 2020.

EP Research: selection of publications to support Special Committee on Beating Cancer

Parliament's research capacities within the Directorates-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS), Internal Policies (IPOL) and External Policies (EXPO) have prepared a selection of publications and online resources in order to support the work of the new Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA), ahead of its constitutive meeting.

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