Cancer is one of the main priorities of the European Commission on the health domain. Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP) aims to address cancer across the EU, setting out areas of focus and priorities for Commission action, which supports EU Member States. It is based on four key pillars: prevention, diagnosis, treatment and quality of life.
Following up on the launch of a public consultation of the plan on 4 February 2020, the European Commission invited stakeholders to participate in a virtual town hall meeting on 10 September, which EuropeActive had the opportunity to attend.
On 16th September 2020, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave her maiden State of the Union address to the European Parliament. The State of the Union, as prescribed in the 2010 Framework, requires the President of the Commission to address the Parliament in September and outline the priorities for the Commission until the end of the upcoming year.
EuropeActive attended on Monday, 15th June the first online edition of the European Commission’s Sport Unit Policy Breakfast. Despite its virtual format, the event allowed participants to pursue their permanent dialogue with the EC’s Sport Unit, discussing what was achieved in the previous months and what is planned for the future.
While 70% of Europeans want the European Union to do more for health, according to a recent Eurobarometer survey, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that it is of utmost importance to ensure efficient health systems for European citizens; in other words, there has never been a more crucial moment for Europe to invest in health protection and promotion.