On 11 January, the European Cancer Organisation (ECO) responded to the European Commission consultation: Support to Ukraine – proposal for a regulation establishing an instrument for 2023 (macro-financial assistance+).
The consultation was associated to the development and implementation of an 18 bn euro financial assistance instrument for Ukraine, with objectives including “Rehabilitation of critical functions and infrastructure and relief for people in need”.
With the support of several of our Focused Topic Networks, including our Special Network on the impact of the war in Ukraine on cancer, ECO provided the below key areas of feedback for the consideration of the European Commission:
More generally, beyond regulatory convergence, ECO encourages activity by all Directorate Generals of the European Commission to ensure current and future integration of Ukraine in the context of EU policy initiatives, including EU cancer and health policy e.g. the EU Research Mission on Cancer, the European Health Data Space and Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.
The latter policy initiative includes many change-making projects to which possibilities for Ukraine’s integration should be actively explored. This includes, for example, the inter-specialty cancer training programme, the EU cancer screening scheme, the EU’s goal for the elimination of HPV cancers and the new EU Network of Comprehensive Cancer Centres
Our full response is available here.