On Wednesday 3 February, the EPP Group will gather with three European Commissioners, namely Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, European Commissioner for Promoting the European Way of Life, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, and Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel. They will be accompanied by leading experts in the field, such as Dr Matti Aapro, President of the European Cancer Organisation and Dr Xosé Fernández, Chief Data Officer of the Insitut Curie in Paris, to discuss the next steps that Europe should take in the fight against cancer and to improve the lives of all Europeans.

Finding the COVID-19 vaccine has not only shown the immense potential of medical innovation, but also what we can achieve in Europe if we work together. While we are fighting the pandemic, we must not lose sight of what a heavy toll cancer takes on Europeans today.

One in two citizens will unfortunately have to face cancer in the course of their lives. For the EPP Group, the fight against cancer is a clear priority.

Following on from the EU Masterplan to fight Cancer, the European Commission will now unveil the Beating Cancer Plan.

#EUCanBeatCancer: United against Cancer

Online event, 3 February 2021

Start: 15:10 CET

End: 17:00 CET

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PROGRAMME

 

Moderators

Cindy FRANSSEN MEP, EPP Group Coordinator in the Special Committee on beating cancer

Jennifer BAKER, Moderator, EU policy and tech reporter

 

15.10 - 15.55 hrs

INTRODUCTORY PANEL: FIGHTING CANCER AS A EUROPEAN PRIORITY

Manfred WEBER MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament 

Margaritis SCHINAS, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Promoting our European Way of Life

Aleksander ČEFERIN, President of Union of European Football Association 

& Conversation with Eric ABIDAL, former professional football player and cancer survivor 

Debates with MEPs and audience

 

15.55 - 16.25 hrs 

PANEL I: NEXT STEPS FOR EUROPE TO BEAT CANCER

Keynote: Stella KYRIAKIDES, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety 

and discussion with:

Dr Matti AAPRO MD, President of the European Cancer Organisation (ECO)

Dr Zsuzsanna JAKAB, Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organization

Debates with MEPs and audience

 

16.25- 16.55 hrs

PANEL II: THE FUTURE OF CANCER RESEARCH AND CARE

Mariya GABRIEL, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

Dr Xosé M FERNANDEZ, Chief Data Officer, Institut Curie, Paris

Dr Ulrike GNAD-VOGT, Senior Vice President Area Head Oncology & Head of Translational Science, CureVac

Debates with MEPs and audience

 

16.55 - 17.00 hrs

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Dr Peter LIESE MEP, EPP Group Coordinator for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

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