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Parliamentary questions
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21 November 2017
Question for written answer E-007166-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lefteris Christoforou (PPE)

 Subject:  Supporting patients with diabetes and strengthening measures to prevent the disease
 Answer in writing 

According to scientific research, 10% of the population suffers from diabetes, i.e. one person in ten. We all know the negative effects of diabetes, but we are also aware of the scientific advances made in treatment and prevention.

I believe that the Commission should give priority to supporting and strengthening efforts to tackle the disease more effectively and pursue a more effective prevention policy.

I think it is important to designate a European Diabetes Awareness Day and to create a Europe-wide Diabetes Centre that, in cooperation with the Member States, will carry out research into diabetes and actions to prevent it. Programmes and campaigns to prevent the disease also need to be funded.

Will the Commission say:
What actions does it intend to take to tackle and reduce the incidence of diabetes, which affects about 10% of European citizens?
Does it accept my suggestions for funding anti-diabetes measures and other related policies, namely designating a European Diabetes Awareness Day and establishing a Europe-wide Centre?
What measures does it intend to take to improve the quality of life of patients?
Original language of question: EL 
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