Europa Donna is a stakeholder in many different EU parliamentary groups and committees, provides input on reports and policy and also works directly with MEPs to raise awareness of breast cancer issues. ED representatives are regularly invited to speak at the European Parliament at awareness sessions and informative hearings about the breast care needs of European women. This type of activity facilitates ED’s engagement with EU policy makers on topics concerning breast cancer.
Current priority topics include projects concerning inequalities in access to breast cancer care among and across European countries and returning to work after a diagnosis of early breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer.
Engaging with Members of European Parliament (MEPs)
Europa Donna engages in activities held at the European Parliament and directly with MEPs and parliament groups such as Beating Cancer (BECA) and Transforming Breast Cancer Together (TBCT), as well as European cancer advocacy networks such as the European Patients Forum (EPF) and the Workgroup of European Cancer Patient Advocacy Networks (WECAN).
European Union Resolutions and Declarations on Breast Cancer
Since 2000 Europa Donna has successfully championed, in collaboration with MEPs, a drive for high breast care standards to be EU mandated. These requirements have been updated regularly. The 2015 Written Declaration on Breast Cancer calls for nationwide mammography screening programmes, multidisciplinary specialist breast units (SBUs), accreditation of SBUs, and SBU care for women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Many of these have now been implemented in many countries, although continued work is required.
- 2003 European Parliament Resolution on Breast Cancer
- 2006 European Parliament Resolution on Breast Cancer
- 2010 Written Declaration on Breast Cancer
- 2015 Written Declaration on the Fight Against Breast Cancer in the European Union (0017/2015)
Transforming Breast Cancer Together (TBCT)
Europa Donna partners with MEPs and other stakeholders in this initiative aimed to reduce the societal impact of breast cancer by making it a greater health policy priority in order to improve its prevention, diagnosis and care across Europe. One of these is the Renewed Call for Change which sets out pivotal steps for the successful implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP). Europa Donna representatives provide patient advocate perspectives at regular meetings of this group.
In 2021, Europa Donna participated in 3 TBCT webinars:
EU Parliament Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA)
Europa Donna participated in events organised during the BECA Committee’s entire mandate, which began when the committee was approved by the European Parliament plenary in June 2020. MEPs on this committee worked towards the creation of a common framework for cancer treatment in the EU. At the end of the mandate, ED proposed and obtained amendments to BECA’s Final Report, such as the need to emphasise the importance of both genomics and metastatic breast cancer. The amendments were proposed directly and through TBCT and WECAN.
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