At a glance: EU Affairs topics in 2018

The main aim of EU Affairs is to promote digestive health in Europe throughout facilitating awareness of digestive cancers, initiatives on chronic diseases, alcohol related harm, obesity and nutrition.

UEG acts as the united voice of European gastroenterology in the institutions of the European Union. The main aim of EU Affairs is to promote digestive health in Europe through facilitating awareness of digestive cancers, initiatives on chronic diseases, alcohol related harm, obesity and nutrition.

UEG's further priority is to advocate for increased research funding and other support from the EU for digestive diseases. The overarching goal is to strengthen the digestive health community in Brussels through various activities, including the Digestive Health Month campaign annually held in May, establishing a group comprised of the Members of the European Parliament (MEP), and organising the annual Digestive Health Summit towards end of the year.

Key topics of the EU Affairs agenda in 2018

FP9- Framework Programme for Research & Innovation

The European Commission is currently collecting information about the direction that its next major science and research-funding programme, FP9, should take. UEG will contribute to the public consultation on FP9 and will advocate for an increased focus on grants targeted on digestive health. Legislative proposals are expected to be announced towards mid-2018.

Alcohol

UEG continues to highlight the damaging effects of unhealthy drinking and the correlation between alcohol and cancer at EU level. Early this year, the alcohol industry will announce their proposal for the labelling of alcoholic products. UEG will advocate for the adoption of stringent EU-led regulations rather than self-regulatory measures, which would not be sufficient. UEG is a partner of the 6th Awareness Week on Alcohol-Related Harm (AWARH) which takes place in November. The aim of the Week is to highlight the negative effects of alcohol and call for greater policy action to address the social and health problems it can cause. UEG will equally contribute to the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference that takes place November 20-21, 2018.

Digestive cancers

In cooperation with MEP Poc we will push for the topic of digestive cancers to receive more attention from the European Parliament. Pancreatic Cancer Day will take place on November 15, 2018 and UEG has committed to producing a report highlighting what needs to be done to tackle this disease. In 2018, pancreatic cancer will be included within the work package "neglected cancers" as part of the European Commission Joint Action on Cancer Control.

Chronic digestive diseases

UEG will continue to raise awareness about diseases such as IBD, Crohn's disease and colitis and will encourage EU policymakers to do more to improve quality of life for patients. World IBD Day takes place on May 19, during Digestive Health Month, and UEG will engage in awareness-raising activities for this. An expert-led article on IBD will be published on our Patient Affairs website.

Nutrition

A new campaign entitled "Toward Healthier Marketing Environment (on alcohol and unhealthy foods)" is foreseen to tackle the industry's  approach on marketing of unhealthy foods, particularly towards children. The European Commission's public consultation on the regulation of trans fats will end in February, and it will then take the next steps. UEG will lobby for EU-led top-down controls to be put in place rather than the adoption of a self-regulatory approach by industry.

Join us for the campaign on Twitter #DigestiveHealthMonth

“You are what you eat” - Challenges for food policy and how to improve digestive health?

hosted by UEG and MEP Michèle Rivasi

3rd European Digestive Cancer Days, September 26-27

The meeting saw Europe’s leading experts, policymakers and patient organisation come together from all over the continent to discuss challenges and opportunities in early detection of digestive cancers.

The 3rd European Digestive Cancer Days took place in Prague between September 26-27, chaired by Thierry Ponchon, Chair of UEG’s Public Affairs Committee and Ladislav Dušek, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic.

The meeting saw Europe’s leading experts, policymakers and patient organisation representatives come together from all over the continent to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the early detection of digestive cancers. Opening the conference, Pavel Poc MEP stated that Europe is failing in its fight against cancer, pointing out that cancer kills approximately the same number of people as a ‘jumbo jet crashing every single day’, but that the political will to fight cancer is not proportionate to that of other such disasters.

Download our summary report to learn more about the European Digestive Cancer Days 2017

EU Newsline summarises the Brussels highlights

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Prospects and Challenges in Prevention and Screening

This international conference, featured an exciting programme & renowned experts.

Prospects and Challenges in Prevention and Screening

This international conference, taking place September 25-27, 2017 in Prague, will feature an exciting program as well as renowned experts in the field.

Together with Ladislav Dušek, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic the UEG Public Affairs Committee, this educational activity launches on Monday, Spetember 27 with a symposium in Czech language on prevention, screening and early diagnosis of serious diseases in the light of current evidence and practical experiences. The international symposium in English language starts on Tuesday where we address Pancreatic Cancer as the main challenge and talk about burden, prevalence and prognosis and possible better diagnosis and treatment options. We will discuss what other digestive cancer is next to be screened and find out what are the priorities. We continue on Wednesday to discuss about implementation of Colorectal Cancer screening programmes, differences in European countries and in response to it elaborate why we have different levels of participation in Europe. We talk about cost-effectiveness and choice of screening programme methods and parameters for monitoring. We will revise what we have learned so far with quality assurance and logistic organisation and finally obtain views how to get governments and other stakeholders involved. Download the meeting programme

Visit the European Cancer Days website and register for free!

Join the #IBStalk on May 30

In support of World Digestive Health Day 2017 and Digestive Health Month, UEG hosts a Twitter Chat on IBD on 30 May, 20:30.

In support of the theme for World Digestive Health Day 2017 and to support Digestive Health Month, UEG will be hosting a Twitter Chat on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on Tuesday, 30 May at 20:30 CET.

Charlie Lees, IBD expert and consultant gastroenterology at the Western General Hospital at the University of Edinburg, Scotland, will answer questions and engage in debate and discussion on the subject. Members of the public, healthcare professionals, UEG member societies and stakeholder organisations are invited to join in by posting their questions or comments before or during the chat by using the hashtag #IBDtalk. The Twitter chat will also be conducted in partnership with the Young ECCO (European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation) Committee. For World Digestive Health Day (29 May, 2017), this year’s theme will focus on IBD and look to provide simple messages for the general public in order to assist them in understanding how IBD affects one’s daily life.
Find out more about World Digestive Health Day 2017

To join the chat, use the hashtag #IBDtalk