EC launches public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan
On 4 February 2020, the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day, the European Commission (EC) has launched an EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. The consultation will help shape the Plan, identify key areas, and explore future action. The aim is for the Commission to present a European plan before the end of this year, to reduce the suffering caused by the disease and support Member States to improve cancer control and care. According to the EC, the Plan will propose actions at every key stage of the disease:
- Prevention measures;
- Early detection and diagnosis;
- Treatment and care;
- Measures to improve outcomes of cancer care and treatment;
- Quality of life.
The aim of the public consultation is to allow EU citizens and stakeholders to contribute and voice their opinion on the best ways to address this issue in the EU. The results of the consultation will feed into the outline of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan and help identify the areas and the scope of future action. The consultation will run for twelve weeks. In addition to the public consultation, the Commission is also today launching a consultation on the Roadmap for the Plan, running for four weeks. Until July, specific elements of the Plan will be discussed with Member States as well as targeted consultations with stakeholders.
The Research Framework Programmes are also contributing to the fight against cancer. Under Horizon 2020, 980 pertinent projects have been funded for €1.2 billion, according to the EC. In the next Framework Programme Horizon Europe, cancer will be one of five "missions" aiming to deliver solutions to some of the greatest global challenges, and thus also an initiative to accelerate progress on tackling the disease, bridging research & policy.
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