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Parliamentary questions
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24 August 2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003921/2018

In areas of Member State competence, including the prevention and treatment of hearing loss, the Commission promotes the exchange of best practices.

The Commission has recently launched the Best Practice Portal(1) in order to identify, disseminate and transfer best practices to support Member States to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly target 3.4(2)) and the United Nations/World Health Organisation nine targets on non-communicable diseases. This portal is a ‘one-stop shop’ for consulting best practices co-funded under the Health Programmes. Stakeholders are also invited to submit best practices for assessment. All practices in the area of health promotion, disease prevention and management of non-communicable diseases are welcome, including those measures and best practices to prevent hearing loss.

The seventh Framework Programme for Research and Horizon 2020 have supported research to better understand the auditory system, on quality standards for screening, on hearings aids and implants, on diagnosis and knowledge of rare diseases (e.g. Usher Syndrome), on new drugs and on the learning process of the language of signs.

The Commission’s proposal for the health cluster budget of the Horizon Europe is of EUR 7.7 billion, focused on health throughout the life course; environmental and social health determinants; non-communicable and rare diseases; infectious diseases; tools, technologies and digital solutions for health and care and healthcare systems. Horizon Europe will be open to research proposals on hearing loss, including prevention and rehabilitation and innovative treatments.

(2)By 2030 reduce by one third pre mature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

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