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Parliamentary questions
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9 April 2015
E-002530/2015(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002530/2015

The Commission is aware of the growing numbers of people suffering from diabetes.

Taking into account that one of the two types of diabetes is preventable, the Commission focuses its work on addressing the main risk factors for diabetes through its work on nutrition, in particular through the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity(1), the EU platform for action on diet, physical activity and health(2) and the Health Programme(3).

In 2014, the High Level Group further agreed on an Action Plan to curb the rise of childhood obesity(4). The School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme and School Milk Scheme(5)(6) further contribute to healthier eating habits among school children.

In addition, the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity is supported by a 2013 Council Recommendation(7). The Erasmus+(8) Programme can co-finance projects promoting physical activity, and the European Week of Sport in September 2015 provides an opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of sports for better health.

The Commission has co-financed projects in the area of diabetes through its health programme, e.g. Eubirod, SWEET, and IMAGE(9). The Commission is co-financing the joint action ‘Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle’, which includes a work package on the prevention and early diagnosis of diabetes type II.

The Commission also manages pilot projects(10) promoting healthy diets. In the area of diabetes, the pilot project ‘Developing and implementing successful prevention strategies for type II diabetes’, is addressing childhood obesity and diabetes prevention strategies in children. Results are expected to be delivered by the end of 2016.

(1)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/high_level_group/index_en.htm
(2)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/platform/index_en.htm
(3)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32014R0282&from=EN
(4)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/docs/childhoodobesity_actionplan_2014_2020_en.pdf
(5)http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/sfs/index_en.htm
(6)http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/milk/school-milk-scheme/index_en.htm
(7)OJ C 354/1, 4.12.2013.
(8)http://ec.europa.eu/sport/opportunities/index_en.htm
(9)http://ec.europa.eu/eahc/projects/database.html
(10)http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/projects/ep_funded_projects_en.htm

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