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Last update: 24/02/2021

MEPs Mobilising for Diabetes (MMD), the MEP Interest Group on Diabetes will be holding a webinar to launch its ‘Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union by 2030’. The online event will take place on Thursday, February 25, 08.00-09.00 CET. Click this link to register.

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MMD was established in November 2020 under co-chairs MEPs Sirpa Pietikäinen and Christel Schaldemose. The group aims to elevate diabetes on the EU political agenda, promote understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the disease, dispel common misperceptions, and foster EU policy measures and action through close collaboration with the Commission/Council/individual Member States.

The Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union outlines the priorities that need to be addressed over the next ten years in order to flatten the curve on the diabetes pandemic, improve the lives of people living with diabetes and reduce health inequalities across Europe. The agenda on the day will be as follows:

Moderator: Bastian Hauck

Opening remarks: MMD co-chairs, MEPs Sirpa Pietikäinen and Christel Schaldemose.

What is diabetes in 2021? Perspectives from people living with diabetes & IDF Europe’s Chair, Dr. Niti Pall.

Priorities of the Portuguese Presidency (video message): A representative of the Portuguese Presidency will outline the priorities of the Presidency in relation to health and diabetes.

Intervention of MEP Cristian - Silviu Buşoi
MEP Cristian Silviu Buşoi will present his perspective in his capacity as ITRE Chair and EU4health rapporteur.

Introduction to the Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union by 2030: This will be a presentation of the rationale behind the Blueprint and of the key policy actions necessary to tackle the diabetes challenge in the EU in time to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

 Key recommendations:

 Key enablers:

  • Reducing the risk

  • Engaging people living with diabetes

  • Integrating care

  • Digitalisation and data

  • Enabling access

  • Research

Q&A – Panel discussion: A range of stakeholders will provide their perspectives on the EU Health Priorities and potential alignment with the Blueprint’s objectives.

- Dr Jill Farrington, World Health Organisation, Regional Office for Europe (WHO Europe)
- Ms Ioana-Maria Gligor, European Reference Networks and Digital Health, DG SANTE, European Commission
- Prof Nebojsa Lalic, International Diabetes Federation, European Region (IDF Europe)
- Ms Cajsa Lindberg, Diabetes Advocate
- Dr Chantal Mathieu, European Diabetes Forum (EUDF)
- MEP Marisa Matias, European Parliament
- Prof João Filipe Raposo, Portuguese Diabetes Association (APDP)
- Mr Tobias Wiesenthal, eHealth, Well-Being and Ageing, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Closing remarks MMD co-chairs, MEPs Sirpa Pietikäinen and Christel Schaldemose.

Download the agenda here.

Note: the MMD Secretariat is managed by IDF Europe



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