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Background notes prepared by the Beating Cancer Committee

Ahead of each public hearing, the Beating Cancer Committee prepares a briefing covering a wide range of issues relevant to the topic of the hearing. The following background notes are available:

Cancer Awareness Calendar

Compiled by the Special Committee on Beating Cancer, this calendar gives a non-exhaustive overview of cancer awareness days, weeks and months. These are important to raise awareness for cancer and show support to patients, survivors and their caregivers.

EP Think Tank briefing: Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

On 3 February 2021, on World Cancer Day, the European Commission presented its long awaited Europe's Beating Cancer plan. It is a major initiative under the European health union, a process launched by the Commission on
11 November 2020 with a first set of proposals to reinforce the EU's preparedness and response during health crises.
This briefing includes first reactions from advocacy organisations, sectoral associations and academia.

Europe's Beating Cancer plan: synthesis of the positions of partner organisations

The analyis provided by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) gives an overview of the priorities of partner organisations at European, national, regional and local levels on the forthcoming Europe's Beating Cancer plan. Main considerations include:
  • Key role for the EU in prevention
  • Predictive diagnostic tools and early diagnosis
  • Equitable access to cancer care
  • Availability and affordability of medicines
  • Cancer after-care in the local community and cancer survivorship and rehabilitation
  • EU-wide cancer research cooperation, information sharing and better deployment of (big) data.

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.

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: Contribution Beating Cancer committee (27.10.2020)

The Members of the Beating Cancer Committee have outlined what the focal points of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan should be. They presented their contribution to the forthcoming Plan on 27 October 2020 during an exchange of views with Health Commissioner Kyriakides.

The document drafted by BECA Rapporteur Véronique Trillet-Lenoir identifies the following areas of action:

  • Global prevention
  • Screening and early detection
  • Equal access to patient-oriented treatments
  • Strong support to patients and caregivers (including family caregivers)
The Beating Cancer MEPs also stress the importance of holistic research and innovation and shared knowledge to step up the fight against cancer in the EU.

Fact Sheets on the European Union: Public Health

The Treaty of Lisbon has enhanced the importance of health policy, stipulating that 'a high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Community policies and activities'. Primary responsibility for health protection and, in particular, healthcare systems continues to lie with the Member States. However, the EU has an important role to play in improving public health, preventing and managing diseases, mitigating sources of danger to human health, and harmonising health strategies between Member States. will continue to provide funding during the 2021-2027 programming period.

The European Parliament's Fact Sheets are designed to provide non-specialists with a straightforward, concise and accurate overview of the European Union's institutions and policies, and the role that the European Parliament plays in their development.

EU policy on air quality: Implementation of selected EU legislation

Air pollution is a cross-border problem with direct negative effects on health and the environment. It also has indirect but tangible adverse effects on economies and societies. With the aim of securing good air quality status for its citizens and the environment, the EU has established a policy framework that employs legal regulation as the main policy instrument. This European implementation assessment (EIA) presents findings on the implementation of three major pieces of EU legislation on air quality, namely the two Ambient Air Quality Directives and the Industrial Emissions Directive, and makes recommendations for policy action.

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.
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