05-07-2023 14:00
EU collaborative models to tackle childhood cancer

Workshops STOA

Rare diseases affect less than 5 out of 10 000 people in the EU, with childhood cancer being a leading cause of death among children aged 1 to 19. Although there has been significant progress in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer, there remains a lack of organisational and legal coordination among EU Member States.

This workshop aims to address the legal, societal, and technical challenges of developing multi-country collaboration models for childhood cancer as a model for rare diseases. Experts from various sectors with discuss ways to improve EU coordination in the research and innovation (R&I) for new medicines, vaccines, medical devices and equipment, knowledge and dating sharing, resources and infrastructure, and education and training.

The STOA event is crucial for Members of the European Parliament in discussing the upcoming revision of the EU legislation on rare diseases. It is also relevant in the context of the European Health Data Space (2022/0140(COD)), the General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679) and the EP resolution on cancer (2020/2267(INI)).


14:00-14:10 Welcome remarks and introductory statement

Pernille WEISS, MEP and STOA Panel member

14:10 - 15:20 Panel discussion
  • Nichola LARKINS, Deputy Head of unit 'Health monitoring and cooperation, Health networks', DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Kjeld SCHMIEGELOW, Professor of pediatrics and pediatric oncology, Copenhagen University Hospital (DK)
  • Ruth LADENSTEIN, European Reference Network for Paediatric Oncology (ERN PaedCan) coordinator (AT)
  • Lucie SRAMKOVA, Head of Department of Paediatric Heamatology and Oncology, Motol University Hospital, Prague (CZ)
  • Uta DIRKSEN, President-Elect of the European Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOPE)
  • Patricia BLANC, parent representative and Childhood Cancer International (CCI) European Affairs Committee Member
15:20 - 15:50 Questions & Answers

15:50 - 16:00 Closing remarks

Pernille WEISS, MEP and STOA Panel member

The event will be held in English.
The event will be webstreamed, the link is published below.