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EUROPEAN COMMISSION MISSION FOR CANCER 

 

The new Horizon Europe research and innovation programme   Horizon Europe Cancer Mission   Horizon Europe missions   European Commission Representation in Latvia

Let's take a look at the establishment of the European Commission's Horizon Europe Cancer Mission

In September 2019, the Science and Innovation (R&I) Day is takeing place in Brussels. During these days, the European Commission (EC) also officially launched a new form of action - mission-based science, already known in other parts of the world, but first introduced at European Union level.
The importance of missions is to bring science into a way that is understandable, usable and recognizable to the public.
A total of five missions have been set up to address the EC's identified hot topics - Clean Cities, Clean Oceans, Clean Environment and Nutrition, Adaptation to Climate Change and the Cancer Mission. The latter is represented by Professor Marcis Leja, Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, University of Latvia.

In December 2019, the the second meeting of the Cancer Mission set up by the European Commission with representatives of EU Member States takes place in Brussels.

In January 2020 in in Brussels Oncology Meeting outlined the new EU Beating Cancer Plan and gaved a brief overview of the activities of the EU Cancer Mission.

In February 2020, The first joint meeting of the EC Cancer Mission Council and the Assembly of this mission took place in Brussels, to discuss actions to be taken in the strategic planning documents.

Cancer affects everyone regardless of age, gender or social status and represents a tremendous burden for patients, families, and societies at large. By joining efforts across Europe, more people would live without cancer, more cancer patients would be diagnosed earlier, would suffer less and have a better quality of life after treatment.

Partly inspired by the Apollo 11 mission to put a man on the moon, the European research and innovation missions aim to deliver solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world. 

 

CANCER MISSION NEWS

 

September 7, 2020

Interim report of the Mission Board for Cancer

We invite you to read the Interim report of the Mission Board for Cancer "Conquering Cancer: Mission possible" - a comprehensive information material on the European Mission Board for Cancer and its  13 recommendations.

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September 5, 2020

Insight into the 13 recommendations of the European Commission's Cancer Mission Council

Let's get acquainted with the current events of the European Cancer Mission!

A brief description of the European Cancer Mission news and 13 recommendations developed by the European Cancer Mission Council are available HERE.

A more detailed explanation of the 13 recommendations- HERE.

September 4, 2020

Get involved! Let's fulfill our EU missions!

Our #EUMissions aim to tackle some of the greatest challenges we face – conquering cancer, adapting to climate change, protecting oceans, ensuring healthy soil & food, and living in greener cities.
Mission Impossible? With your input, we don’t think so!
http://missions-get-involved.ec.europa.eu

#EUMissions

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September 3, 2020

High-level conference on improving cancer care in Europe

The German Cancer Research Center and the German Federal Ministry of Health are organizing a high-level conference on "Improving Cancer Care in Europe" on September 3. The discussion focuses on digital transformation issues, including precision medicine, cancer care in COVID-19, and European solidarity and equity in cancer care. At the opening of the conference, Prof. Michael Baumann, director of the German Cancer Research Center, emphasized the importance of the European Cancer Plan and the European Cancer Mission. 

More information about the conference HERE

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August 25, 2020

The public discussion defines the most important tasks for the promotion of the protection of the interests of Latvian cancer patients both at the local and European Union level

On Friday, August 21, cancer patients and their organizations, doctors, politicians and other stakeholders participated in a discussion aimed at identifying current problems for Latvian cancer patients in the context of the 13 recommendations for beating cancer developed by the European Cancer Mission Council.

The discussion served as a platform for the exchange of views, facilitating dialogue between all parties involved. Everyone present had the opportunity to share their experiences, express their views and be heard.

The views and positions expressed after the discussion will be summarized, which will allow defining the most important tasks for the promotion of the protection of the interests of Latvian cancer patients at the local and European Union level. A written document confirming the common position of Latvian cancer patients' organizations will be sent to both the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia and the European Commission. Thus, significant steps will be taken in promoting public health and defending the interests of Latvian cancer patients at both the national and international levels.

In cooperation with the Latvian Association of Oncology Patient Organizations "Onkoalianse", it is planned to prepare two letters defending the interests of Latvian cancer patients.

In order to be able to find long-term and sustainable solutions, it is necessary to promote joint dialogue and establish feedback with Latvian cancer patients and organizations representing their interests.

On the Zoom platform, 20 participants had joined the discussion, but on the spot - 46.

The event in photos can be seen HERE.

Watch  discussion record HERE.

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August 24, 2020 

Invites to a population survey event! Get involved in beating cancer, because cancer affects us all! 

Your opinion is important! What is important to you? Which actions do you think are most important in the fight against cancer? Your feedback board will use it to adjust the plan. Let's join forces, because together we will beat cancer better!

That's why on August 28, he joined the Cancer Mission Council's conversation on Twitter #MissionCancer #EUmissions #HorizonEU.

Healthy people want to stay healthy, patients and their families fighting cancer benefit from better therapy, cancer patients expect a better quality of life after treatment, and better support for carers is needed. Health and well-being are the concern of us all. 

Follow the latest developments on the site:

https://ec.europa.eu/info/horizon-europe-next-research-and-innovation-frameworkprogramme/missions-horizon-europe_en!

More information is available HERE

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August 22, 2020

EU missions - cancer. VIDEO MATERIAL!

Cancer affects everyone, regardless of age, gender or social status, and is a huge burden on patients, families and society as a whole. By pooling efforts across Europe, more people would live without cancer, more cancer patients would be diagnosed earlier, they would suffer less and they would have a better quality of life after treatment.

Watch the video on the work of European missions HERE!

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/mission-cancer

#EUmissions #MissionCancer

All Mission videos have UE local languages subtitles uploaded to YouTube. To enable them you need to pick “settings” in the bottom right corner of the video and select the language.

August 22, 2020

Let's fulfill our EU missions! VIDEO MATERIAL!

Partly inspired by the Apollo 11 mission to get people to the moon, European missions aim to find solutions to some of our biggest global challenges.

Watch the video on the work of European missions HERE!

Participate now: https: //ec.europa.eu/info/horizon-eur ...

#EUmissions #HorizonEU

All Mission videos have UE local languages subtitles uploaded to YouTube. To enable them you need to pick “settings” in the bottom right corner of the video and select the language.

August 21, 2020

Today there will be a public discussion "Relevance of European Cancer Mission recommendations for cancer patients in Latvia"

Today, August 21, at 16.00 Cancer patients and their organizations, doctors, politicians and other interested parties will take part in the discussion with the aim to identify current problems for Latvian cancer patients in the context of the 13 recommendations for combating cancer developed by the European Cancer Mission Council. It will be possible to participate in the discussion remotely, and a representative of the Council of the European Cancer Mission, Director of the LU KPMI, Professor Mārcis Leja will make a presentation.

The event will be opened a representative of the management of the University of Latvia, as well as the acting head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia Andris Kužnieks. This will be followed by a presentation by Professor Mārcis Leja, a representative of the European Cancer Mission Council and the Director of the LU KPMI, in which special attention will be paid to the most important recommendations developed by the European Cancer Mission Council for Latvian cancer patients. Harijs Gals, founder of the Association of Lung Cancer Patients and Relatives, founder of the organization "Onaliance" will share his opinion, and Olga Valcina, founder of the organization "On the Front of Melanoma", founder of the organization "Onaliance", will give a presentation. At the end of the first part of the event, Evita Zālīte-Grosa, the head of the group of deputies for oncology patient support, a member of the Social and Labor Affairs Committee of the Saeima and a deputy of the 13th Saeima of the Republic of Latvia, will express her opinion.

In the second part of the event, both face-to-face and remote participants will participate in the discussion. The expressed opinions and expressed positions will allow to define the most important tasks for the promotion of the protection of the interests of Latvian cancer patients at the local and European Union level. The findings and conclusions of the discussion will serve as a basis for the development and transmission of a document confirming the common position to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia and the European Commission. "In order to find long-term and sustainable solutions, it is necessary to promote joint dialogue and feedback with Latvian cancer patients and organizations representing their interests," emphasizes Professor Mārcis Leja, a representative of the Council of the European Cancer Mission and the director of the LU KPMI.

On August 21 from from 16.00 to 19.00 we invite media representatives and everyone interested to a public discussion dedicated to the European Cancer Mission:

in person, in the main building of the University of Latvia, Great Hall, 19 Raina Boulevard, Riga

or by registering for remote participation in the ZOOM platform: https://ej.uz/vezadiskusija and watching the live broadcast on the website of the University of Latvia https://ej.uz/vezadiskusija_tiesraide or on the Facebook page of the University of Latvia https://www.facebook.com/latvijasuniversitate/

The discussion is organized by the University of Latvia in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Latvia. The Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia invites to the event.

August 20, 2020

"Morning Panorama"  - LU KPMI director, representative of the of the Council of the European Cancer Mission

In anticipation of the public discussion "Relevance of European Cancer Mission recommendations for cancer patients in Latvia" on August 20, the University of Latvia has invited the director of KPMI, the representative of the Council of the European Cancer Mission Council Marcis Leja.

DISCUSSION "Relevance of European Cancer Mission recommendations for cancer patients in Latvia"
WHEN? August 21 at 16:00
WHERE? University of Latvia (LU), Great Hall

WHO ORGANIZES?

European Commission Representation in Latvia

University of Latvia

INVITES - Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine

SUPPORT - SIA Roche Latvija

INFORMATIC SUPPORTER - SIA "Divi gani sabiedriskās attiecības" 

OBJECTIVE OF THE MEASURE - to identify current problems of Latvian cancer patients and to discuss the 13 recommendations for combating cancer developed by the Council of the European Cancer Mission.

The interview with M.Leja can be viewed HERE.

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August 18, 2020

A public debate on the European Cancer Mission will be held

On August 21, the University of Latvia (UL) and the European Commission Representation in Latvia are organizing a public discussion dedicated to the European Cancer Mission. Its aim is to identify current problems for Latvian cancer patients and to discuss the 13 recommendations for beating cancer developed by the Council of the European Cancer Mission. Cancer patients and their organizations, doctors, politicians and other stakeholders are invited to participate.

The discussion will serve as a platform for the exchange of views, promoting dialogue between all parties involved and allowing to set the main tasks for the promotion of the interests of Latvian cancer patients at the local and European Union level. Participation in the discussion will allow everyone present to share their experiences, express their views and be heard. After that, a written document confirming the common position of Latvian cancer patients' organizations will be sent to both the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia and the European Commission. Thus, significant steps will be taken in promoting public health and defending the interests of Latvian cancer patients at both the national and international levels. The European Cancer Mission is one of five European research and innovation missions and is part of the Horizon Europe Framework Program, which will be launched in 2021.

The event will be opened by the Rector of the University of Latvia Indriķis Muižnieks and the Acting Head of the European Commission Representation Andris Kužnieks. The part of the discussion will be introduced by the presentation of the Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia and the representative of Latvia in the Council of the European Cancer Mission, Professor Mārcis Leja, with special emphasis on recommendations for Latvian cancer patients. "Several of the recommendations made by the Council of the European Cancer Mission concern the protection of patients' interests. In the Latvian context, it is important to ensure and promote equality among all patients. This can be achieved by improving screening programs, as well as by establishing accredited cancer centers in Latvia. However, the main goal of the discussion is to get feedback from Latvian cancer patients' organizations and inform the European Commission about the most significant findings”, explains Mārcis Leja, a representative of the Council of the European Cancer Mission and Professor of the University of Latvia.

The discussion will take place on August 21 in the main building of the University of Latvia, in the Great Hall, 19 Raina Boulevard, from 16:00 - 19:00. It will also be possible to join remotely, a link will be sent to registered participants by e-mail shortly before the event.

You can apply for the discussion in person or remotely here: https://ej.uz/vezadiskusija

Programe of the discussion is available HERE.

The discussion is organized by the University of Latvia in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Latvia. The Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine of the University of Latvia invites to the event.

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August 17, 2020

 The task - to beat cancer! Country overview: Latvia

Every year, 2.6 million people in the 27 countries of the European Union are diagnosed with cancer. Nearly three-quarters of all tumors diagnosed are in people over the age of 60, but cancer affects people of all ages. If nothing changes, the number of cancer cases in Europe will increase by 25% in 15 years.

What is the situation in Latvia?

Care for cancer patients is improving. Between 2000 and 2014, life expectancy after diagnosis of certain cancers increased or exceeded the EU average. More testing and lifestyle changes are important to prevent new cases.

More information is available HERE

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August 16, 2020

 Get involved in beating cancer, because cancer affects us all! Your participation is important!

Healthy people want to stay healthy, patients and their families fighting cancer benefit from better therapy, cancer patients expect a better quality of life after treatment, and better support for carers is needed. Health and well-being are the concern of us all.

More information is available HERE.

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August 15, 2020

 The interim report of the Cancer Mission is available for public consultation

The published interim report of the European Commission's Cancer Mission with a total of 13 recommendations "Mission Possible: Conquering cancer" is available for public consultation. 

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August 14, 2020

 Work is under way to develop a European plan to fight cancer

Cancer is one of the European Commission's top health priorities. The European Commission has set up an expert group, the Cancer Mission and the Cancer Mission Assembly. Work is under way to develop a European plan to beat cancer, which was included in the political priorities of European Commission President Urzula von der Leiena.

Read more about the European Commission's current fight against cancer HERE.

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August 13, 2020

 European Code against Cancer

Please read the current information on the European Code against Cancer!

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August 12, 2020

The letter of support emphasizes the role of the recommendations of the Mission Board for Cancer in the situation in our country

The European Commission's Mission Board for Cancer received a letter of support from the Latvian Saeima Group for the support for oncology patients for the mission's recommendations, emphasizing in particular the role of recommendations 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12 in the situation in our country.

Full document can be viewed HERE.

August 4, 2020

The latest news on the activities of the European Commission's Cancer Mission

Cancer Mission video is now on-line on Youtube.

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/mission-cancer #EUmissions #MissionCancer

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June 25, 2020

Reports of independent experts from five European Commission Mission Councils have been published

The European Commission has set up a mission council in 5 topical areas of research and action. 6/25/2020 The reports of the independent experts of the five European Commission Mission Boards have been published.

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February 17th, 2020

The creation of a Unified Cancer Centre is under discussion in Brussels

The first joint meeting of the EC Cancer Mission Council and the Assembly of this mission took place in Brussels, 14 February, to discuss actions to be taken in the strategic planning documents.

Members of the Assembly, leaders and members of many of the leading European organizations in the field of oncology, had prepared a number of recommendations and additions to the documents produced by the Mission Council.

Activities include many potential issues for Latvia, such as the establishment and accreditation of a national Unified Cancer Center (currently one of the six EU countries where such accreditation does not exist), ensuring the availability of a cancer screening system that meets European quality criteria, etc.

As an unprecedented negative example of the EU, all participants of the meeting were publicly referred to the Latvian-Estonian alcohol tax fight.

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January 24th, 2020

New EU Beating Cancer Plan outlined in Brussels Oncology Meeting

A joint meeting of the "Horizon 2020" Programme Committee and Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases is taking place today in the European Commission building in Brussels. During the session was analyzed the survey of resources invested in cancer research by EU Member States, outlined the new EU Beating Cancer Plan and gaved a brief overview of the activities of the EU Cancer Mission. At the meeting Latvia is represented by the Ministry of Health and Education, the National Agency for Education and Development, as well as members of the Program Committee, including director of KPMI M.Leja.  

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December 13th, 2019

Representatives of Latvia are not applied for the activities of the European Cancer Mission

The second meeting of the Cancer Mission set up by the European Commission with representatives of EU Member States takes place in Brussels. Two representatives from each Member State are invited to familiarize themselves with the work of the Cancer Mission, to organize it in the interest of the Member States, and to make recommendations for joint European action on the development of national cancer programs.
Almost all EU Member States are represented at the meeting (with rare exceptions - Latvia).
The representatives of Latvia are not applied for this strategic meeting, neither for the aforementioned joint European activity.

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October 16th, 2019

Published Mission - oriented policy for Horizon Europe

The Mission-oriented policy for Commission's forthcoming science program Horizon Europe is published on the European Commission's website.

This is an approach to policy-making which means setting defined goals, with specific targets and working to achieve them in a set time

More information see HERE.

September 26th, 2019

Mission-based science is debated in Brussels

On September 24-26 the Science and Innovation (R&I) Day is takeing place in Brussels, although Latvia is not well represented. During these days, the European Commission (EC) also officially launched a new form of action - mission-based science, already known in other parts of the world, but first introduced at European Union level.

According to Jean Eric Paquet, Director General of R&I, missions are not just science, but their mission is to bring science into a way that is understandable, usable and recognizable to the public. Leading experts from the EC also understand that missions for Europe are not only a completely new form of operation, but also a difficult and potential form of risk.
A total of five missions have been set up to address the EC's identified hot topics - Clean Cities, Clean Oceans, Clean Environment and Nutrition, Adaptation to Climate Change and the Cancer Mission. The latter is represented by Professor Marcis Leja, Director of the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine, University of Latvia.
On September 25, on Mission and Science Day representatives met with organizations and practitioners interested in the field. The cooperation of missions with representatives of both the EC and EU Member States will be essential. Recommendations for mission strategy papers can still be submitted electronically by October 4th.

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In the first picture (from left): Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Science and Innovation, Marianna Mazzucato, Mission Theory Expert, and Jean Eric Paquet, Director General of R&I
In the second picture: Jean Eric Paquet gives a start to the mission

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