In November 2012, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), which is the European Commission's (EC) in-house science service, was assigned by the Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) with the tasks of: i. Guidelines: a. to revise the European guidelines for quality assurance in breast cancer screening and diagnosis and develop the New European guidelines for breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Given the feed-back of stakeholders during the following meetings, this task was had to be split, originating a second one: b. to establish a platform for high quality guidelines for stages of breast cancer care other than screening and diagnosis ii. Quality assurance (QA) scheme: to establish a voluntary European QA scheme for breast cancer services based on the European legislative framework on accreditation (defined in Regulation (EC) No 765/2008) iii. Digital mammography training: to provide training to the professionals involved in breast cancer screening programmes iv. A web-hub host for the initiative and its components These tasks fall under the European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer henceforth shortened to the ECIBC. Taking the view to develop the tasks in a coordinated, consensus-based and sustainable way, the JRC first embarked on setting up a series of targeted meetings with a wide range of stakeholders, experts and concerned authorities at the national level. This report is a summary of those meetings.