Policy papers

28/09/2018 - ECDA statement on the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs

The ECDA has released a statement following the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs on the 27th of September in New York, welcoming the engagement of Heads of States and Governments from EU Member States, as well as the EU Health Commissioner who attended the meeting; but outlining the lack of ambition in the political declaration, with no reference to the WHO Best Buys and other recommended effective interventions to address chronic diseases, nor time-bound and measurable commitments from countries. 

The ECDA calls on the Member States to capitalise on the exchanges and discussions to enhance action on chronic diseases, and accelerate progress at EU level; and on the European Commission to pursue efforts and invest further in health and the chronic disease challenge which impacts sustainable economic growth, healthcare systems and labour markets in Europe.

The full statement is available here

06/2018 - 'Enough: Now is the time for EU action on NCDs'

In light of the United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), which will take place on 27 September in New York, ECDA and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) have developed a set of recommendations with achievable steps to advance action on the prevention and control of NCDs in Europe.

The recommendations are addressed to the European Union institutions, and drawn to the attention of the Austrian Government, which will hold the EU Council Presidency at the time of the Meeting, and the Italian Government, co-facilitator of the Meeting. 

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“The prevalence of preventable chronic diseases is unacceptably high in Europe while we have solid evidence on the benefits of prevention and on how prevention can be applied efficiently. We now need political will to act from Governments and leadership from the EU — not only to support Member States but also to implement EU-wide measures where it has the competency to do so”.

Prof. Em. Raymond Vanholder, Chairman, ECDA

“The EU is lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to policies to protect and improve our health. There is much more European governments and EU institutions can do, starting with living up to the aspirations of leadership for health, by sending Heads of State and Government to the UN High level meeting in September. Italy, as a co-facilitator of the meeting, has a leading role as well as Austria, as the EU Presidency. NGOs will be watching closely to see if the governments of both countries put people’s health ahead of vested commercial interests.”

Nina Renshaw, Secretary General, EPHA

16/05/2018 - Europe’s health deserves the EU’s attention: Investing in chronic disease prevention and management

Several MEPs joined by the European Chronic Disease Alliance launched a manifesto calling on the European Commission to recognise health as an objective in its own right in its 2019-2024 strategy, with specific targets on chronic diseases; and to allocate the necessary human and financial resources and scale up related investment to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The manifesto outlines four priority actions to deliver on the SDGs in the EU and to ensure robust, effective and innovative EU leadership in health.

It is currently supported by: Dr. Cristian-Silviu Bușoi MEP, Mr José Inácio Faria MEP, Ms Karin Kadenbach MEP, Ms Kateřina Konečná MEP, Mr Miroslav Mikolášik MEP, Mr Aldo Patriciello MEP, Mr Alojz Peterle MEP, Ms Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, Ms Daciana Sârbu MEP, Ms Christel Schaldemose MEP, the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA), the European Association Working for Carers (Eurocarers) and the MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) Group. 

For more information on the recommendations, please refer to the background document here

To support the manifesto, please contact the ECDA Secretariat at: info@alliancechronicdiseases.org 

  • 11/2017 - Boosting the employment of people with chronic diseases in Europe

    Via the EU Health Policy Platform led by the European Commission, the European Chronic Diseases Alliance has been leading a thematic network on the topic of the employment of people with chronic diseases. 16 organisations from the health, social and employment sectors partnered in the work, which led to the development of a framing paper and a call to action to ensure the sustainable employability of people with chronic conditions in the EU.

    The call to action is launched and presented to the European Commission and interested stakeholders today 27th of November during the meeting of the EU Health Policy Platform in Brussels; and is endorsed by over 24 organisations to date.

    For any information or to endorse the call on behalf of an organisation, please email the ECDA Secretariat at info@alliancechronicdiseases.org

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    09/2017 “Move it - some is better than none”: Stepping up initiatives to increase physical activity in Europe

    In the context of the European Week of Sport 2017, ECDA has issued a position paper on physical inactivity, which provides important information on the links between health and regular physical activity, and encourages Member States and the European Commission to step up initiatives to increase physical activity in Europe, taking further steps by 2020 to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 of reducing by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 2030. Click here to read the paper.


    05/2017 ECDA Statement on World No Tobacco Day

    On World No Tobacco Day, the ECDA calls for sustained efforts to enhance a smoke-free environment. This is an essential prerequisite if we are to get serious about protecting Europe's citizens from chronic diseases caused by tobacco smoking and generate savings for our economies. Read the full ECDA statement here.

    09/2017 Particulates Matter: why the EU must do more to tackle air pollution

    While some progress is being made, the reality remains that the majority of EU citizens are exposed to air pollution levels which are actively harmful to their health. In this context, the ECDA has issued a revised position paper with further information on the link between air pollution and ill health, and policy recommendations for change. Click here to read the paper (revised version September 2017).

    09/2017 The good, the bad and the ugly – why the EU should eliminate industrially produced trans fats

    European Chronic Disease Alliance position on the need for EU regulation to set upper limits for industrially produced trans fats. Considering the substantial evidence on the negative impact of TFAs on human health, ECDA recommends that the European Commission adopts a proposal for an EU-wide regulation to virtually eliminate industrially produced TFAs in food products marketed in the EU no later than 2018.

    Click here to download the document (revised version September 2017).

    09/2017 Don’t bottle out – why the EU needs a comprehensive alcohol strategy

    The harmful and hazardous use of alcohol has a major impact on public health as it leads to over 60 chronic diseases. It also generates outstanding healthcare and social costs related to the treatment of alcohol-related diseases, public order, labour and productivity. The ECDA encourages the EU to take comprehensive action to help Europeans reduce their alcohol consumption. Click here to download the paper (revised version September 2017)

    09/2017 - Don't pass the salt! ECDA position paper on the need for EU action to help Europeans reduce excessive salt intake

    The ECDA supports the EU’s efforts to reduce Europeans’ salt consumption, but insists on the need for a more rigorous and concerted action plan which engages stakeholders and the public in salt reduction initiatives, and is bolstered by regulatory measures to stimulate the reformulation of food, provide clear and meaningful information to consumers and is followed up by an adequate monitoring system of salt intake.

    Reducing salt intake from the present norm of 8-12 grams toward the recommended level of 5 grams per day would significantly improve public health by preventing many chronic diseases, thereby reducing mortality and saving healthcare costs.

    Click here to download the document (revised version September 2017).

    2/2012 - European Chronic Disease Alliance input to the Reflection Process on chronic diseases

    Optimising the response to the epidemic of chronic diseases 
    Click here for ECDA input to Reflection Process on Chronic Disease

Background Information & References

  • 09/2017 EHN Paper on Transforming European food and drink policies for cardiovascular health

    Read the paper here.

    2017 ESMO-ECPC Patient Guide on Survivorship

    The full guide is available here.

    08/2017 EHN European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics Report (2017 edition)

    Click here to read the full CVD Statistics Report.

    07/2017 EHN Position Paper on Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease

    Read the paper here

     05/2017 ECCO Position Statement on Integrated Cancer Care

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    04/2016 IDF Europe position on added sugar

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    26/06/2015 International Diabetes Federation "Framework for Action on Sugar"

    To read the document, click here.

    18/06/2015 OECD report "Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: Policies for Better Health and Quality of Care"

    Fewer people are dying from stroke and heart attacks than before, but rising levels of obesity and diabetes, particularly among younger people, are going to push mortality rates higher, according to a new OECD report. According to OECD, advances in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases have led to a 60 per cent drop in mortality rates over the past 50 years in the OECD. Click here to download the full report. 

    17/04/2013 – Reflection Process on chronic diseases: DG SANCO published the RIVM report Europeans of retirement age: chronic diseases and economic activity.

    Along with other health organisations, ECDA has been invited to contribute to the review of the report and has provided numerous recommendations.
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    9/04/2013 – European Commission (EAHC) launches Calls for Tenders in the health sector.

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    9/05/2012 – Non-communicable diseases prevention and control in the South-eastern Europe Health Network: An analysis of intersectoral collaboration

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    10/02/2012 - Contribution to consultations on proposals for global monitoring framework and targets for NCDs

    Download Pdf-document – NCD Alliance statement on targets

    15/09/2011 - European Parliament resolution of 15 September 2011 on European Union position and commitment in advance to the UN high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases

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    9/09/2011 – United Nations Political Declaration of the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Non Communicable Diseases

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    26/11/2010 - Addressing non-communicable diseases: major challenges to sustainable development in the 21st century

    UNDESA/WHO Regional High-level Consultation in the European Region on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, with a particular focus on the developmental challenges
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    7/10/2010 - Council conclusions “Innovative approaches for chronic diseases in public health and healthcare systems”

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