First exchange of views with Rapporteur Véronique Trillet-Lenoir

10-11-2020 - 12:17
Veronique Trillet Lenoir © European Union

On 12 October, Members of the Beating Cancer committee held a first exchange of views on preventing and beating cancer in the EU with the Rapporteur Véronique Trillet-Lenoir. In his introduction, Chair Bartosz Arlukowicz stated that citizens have high expectations from the BECA committee as a big step forward to establishing a common standard to fight cancer. He reminded that BECA has 12 months to fulfil its mission.

Rapporteur Véronique Trillet-Lenoir stressed, among others, that Europe's Beating Cancer Plan should reduce health inequalities and that, although the organisation of healthcare systems remains the prerogative of Member States, many advances in the field of cancer strongly require a common policy driven at European level. She announced that she would soon provide a working document outlining the main issues.

Many MEPs stressed the importance of research and innovation, prevention and screening, fighting inequalities in access to care, exchange of best practices and European leadership and ambition in combating cancer.

The importance to further exploring EU competences in health, based on the Treaties, was highlighted several times.Several Members also expressed concern about the impact of Covid19 in the context of treatment of patients and postponement of early diagnosis.