Tatjana Reic (ELPA) and Prof. Dufour (EASL) participated in the first preparatory meeting for the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC), held 7-8 December 2009 in Brussels. 111 participants attended the meeting from various institutions and roof organizations across the Europe.
The meeting was opened by the Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou. The focus of the Partnership will be the activities at European level that can bring added value to Member States’ efforts in cancer prevention and control.
In continuation the meeting was chaired by Nick Fahy, Head of the Health Information Unit, DG SANCO.
The objectives laid down in the Communication on the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer are to be achieved by 2020. The partners in the Partnership are expected to make a link with local, regional and national levels. Activities of the Partnership would be structured around four areas: Health promotion and prevention; Identification and promotion of good practice in cancer-related healthcare; A coordinated and collaborative approach to cancer research; Health information, and the collection and analysis of comparable data.
Once a year the work should be presented and actions discussed in the yearly Open forum, as well as the Virtual Partnership, which will also enable partners who are not directly involved in Partnership actions to follow what is going on and contribute ideas. The identified actions of the Partnership will have to be presented in the form of a joint action to the call for proposals in 2010. Slovenia has agreed to take the lead in carrying forward the joint action.
Stefan Schreck from the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) presented the mechanism of the joint action to participants and criteria that must to be met by different partners in the joint action.
After the meeting, were organized 4 working groups. Representatives of ELPA and EASL participated in the working group Health promotion and prevention. ELPA is going to engage in activity Improving communication of the European Code Against Cancer and targeting population groups.