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Parliamentary questions
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11 May 2020
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001021/2020

The Commission approaches diabetes through its work on non-communicable diseases (NDCs), by focusing on prevention across different areas and efforts to strengthen health systems(1) by supporting Member States reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(2) and the World Health Organisation voluntary targets(3). The Commission supports a range of initiatives that promote active lifestyles and healthy diets(4), including the implementation of the Council Recommendation on promoting health-enhancing physical activity(5). The Erasmus+ Programme(6) funds projects promoting physical activity and the European Week of Sport(7) promotes participation in sport. Additionally, the Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle(8) seeks to strengthen cooperation to address challenges related to unhealthy lifestyles.

The Commission set up a Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases to foster practices between countries, which can be found on the Commission’s Best Practice Portal(9).

Diabetes research is one of the priorities of Horizon 2020(10). Under the EU Health Programme, the Joint Action on Chronic Diseases aims to increase awareness for improved actions to combat NDCs, diabetes included(11)(12). In addition, the Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity aims to help set children and young people up on the right track to live free of avoidable NDCs(13).

Against this background, the Commission is not currently planning to propose a European Diabetes Awareness Day or European-wide Diabetes Centre.

(2)https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/: including target 3.4: ‘By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.’
(3)http://www.who.int/nmh/ncd-tools/definition-targets/en/: target 7 refers to diabetes
(8) https://ec.europa.eu/sport/sites/sport/files/ewos-tartu-call_en.pdf
(13) http://www.janpa.eu/
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