Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
I am pleased to address you today at the European Cancer Summit 2021.
I would like to thank the European Cancer Organisation for inviting me and for putting the new Mission on Cancer at the heart of this year’s summit.
This is exactly what we need to make the mission a reality: dialogue and active engagement of the community.
Your ideas will help us implement this new initiate and make the results tangible for all.
I was pleased to launch the missions in September, including their dedicated implementation plans. I take this chance to thank our Mission Board Chair Walter Ricciardi and members as well as the entire community for their contributions.
Over the next two years, Horizon Europe will provide nearly €1.9 billion for the five missions. The cancer mission will receive about 378 million euros.
As you know, the Mission on Cancer sets the very ambitious overall goal of improving the lives of more than 3 million people by 2030, through prevention, cure and for those affected by cancer including their families, to live longer and better.
We have identified concrete actions to achieve these goals. We will also develop a solid monitoring framework to track progress and ensure transparency.
Allow me to outline some of these actions.
First, we will address issues related to data sharing. We will launch a new digital platform UNCAN by 2023. Researchers from all over the world will be able to share and have access to high-quality research data.
Second, fighting childhood cancer will be a key priority. We will launch a new monitoring programme for survivors of childhood cancer by 2027.
Third, engagement with citizens, regional and local authorities will be crucial throughout the mission implementation. We will design a cancer toolkit together with citizens and local communities on care, treatment and diagnosis.
Member States already invest significantly in cancer research, and infrastructure. We should build on these efforts and improve coordination.
To support Member States in implementing effective cancer prevention strategies, we will develop a one-stop cancer information centre on prevention by 2025.
The cancer mission will work in synergies with other important initiatives.
Firstly, with the European Partnerships.
The new partnership on Personalised Medicines will support research projects on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
The Innovative Health Initiative partnership will work on creating the right ecosystem bringing together health industries, researchers and patients.
Secondly, with the new Knowledge Centre on Cancer, launched in June jointly with Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.
The Knowledge Centre on Cancer gathers and analyses important data, which support EU and National initiatives.
As a first result, the Knowledge Centre published in June, the new European Guidelines and Quality Assurance Scheme for Breast cancer. This will ensure essential levels of quality care.
Thirdly, we need to improve the role of education and better involve our schools, universities and teachers. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the European Universities Alliances will continue to support education and doctoral programmes on key health areas such as cancer.
In total, my ambition is to invest at least €2.5bn from Horizon Europe and ERASMUS+ towards cancer education, training, research and innovation.
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am convinced that if we work together, we will be able to maximize the results of these initiatives and have a positive impact in the lives our patients and citizens.
Fighting cancer is supporting a better future for all.
I wish you a fruitful discussion today. Thank you for your attention.