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Parliamentary questions
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20 February 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Lefteris Christoforou
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The need for EU support for patients with diabetes and the reinforcement of diabetes prevention measures

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.

In view of this, can the Commission say:

1. What steps does it intend to take to tackle and reduce the incidence of diabetes, which affects about 10% of European citizens?

2. Will it adopt my suggestion that it fund anti-diabetes measures and other related policies, namely by establishing a European Diabetes Awareness Day and setting up a Europe-wide Diabetes Centre?

3. What measures will it take to improve the quality of life of patients?

Original language of question: EL
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