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Parliamentary questions
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23 June 2017
P-004206-17
Question for written answer P-004206-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Carolina Punset (ALDE)

 Subject:  Basic research for diabetes in Horizon 2020 and Framework Programme (FP9)
 Answer in writing 

Despite the excellent past work of the Commission in stimulating public health measures and research in the area of diabetes, its incidence and mortality continues to rapidly grow. According to the International Diabetes Federation Atlas, more than 70 million Europeans will suffer from diabetes in 2040 in comparison to 60 million in 2015.

This is unacceptable in terms of patient suffering and financial costs. Scientists must therefore be enabled to accelerate their urgently needed research in order to find a remedy to protect future generations from having to cope with this often lethal disease. The EU can play a leading role by supporting basic research not only through the European Research Council, but also the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing programme. Bringing together a large consortia of top level European scientists to investigate the underlying causes of diabetes is needed to achieve urgently needed progress in this area.

Does the Commission agree that stimulating basic research to find a cure for diabetes should be one of the key health research priorities in Horizon 2020 and/or FP9?

Is the Commission considering encouraging the use of the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing programme or its successor for the purposes of basic research?

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