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Parliamentary questions
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9 June 2015
Question for written answer E-009317-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Cristian-Silviu Buşoi (PPE)

 Subject:  Establishment of a cooperative structure for chronic diseases
 Answer in writing 

Chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for 86% of deaths in the WHO European Region, where nine out of ten people die of chronic diseases. Major chronic diseases include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, diabetes, allergies, hypertension, kidney and liver diseases.

In Europe, 77% of the total disease burden (measured in disability-adjusted life years, DALYs) is accounted for by chronic diseases, and 60% by common risk factors including tobacco, poor diet, alcohol, environmental factors and lack of physical activity. It is estimated that chronic diseases cost the EU economy EUR 700 billion annually. By investing additional funds in prevention, the EU can promote good health for its citizens and reduce the socioeconomic burden of chronic diseases.

In keeping with the commitments made in connection with the EU Summit on Chronic Diseases organised in April 2014, the Commission is planning to establish a cooperative structure for chronic diseases.

1. How far has the Commission progressed with the establishment of the cooperative structure for chronic diseases? Is there a timeline in place and, if so, when will this be communicated publicly?

2. Does the Commission envisage organising a meeting with all relevant stakeholders in order to consult them on this initiative? If so, when would this meeting take place?

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