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LAUNCH EVENT of the White Paper on Informal Carers of People with Cancer


19 Oct 2017 09:00


European Parliament – JAN 6Q1
Wiertzstraat 60
1047  Brussels


Health & Consumers

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Event Description

Hosted by MEP Heinz K. Becker (EPP, Austria)

Join the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) and Eurocarers as they present their White Paper on Informal Carers of People with Cancer. The White Paper highlights cancer carers’ vital role for our patients and health systems, role which is often thankless and characterised by vulnerability and strain. The launch event is an opportunity to assess the achievements and shortcomings of the current policy framework with regard to carers, and identify ways forward for a fairer society. 



09.00 – Welcoming remarks

MEP Heinz K. Becker (EPP, Austria)

09.10 – Presentation of White Paper on Informal Carers of People with Cancer

Francesco de Lorenzo, President, ECPC

09.25 – The importance of supporting carers of people with metastatic cancer

Jelena Burianová, “Mamma help”, Czech Republic

9.40 – National best practices: what lessons for the EU? Conversations between Members of the European Parliament and national representatives

Italy: Carers’ Law in Emilia Romagna

Italian S&D MEP (tbc), with

Ghebremedhin Ghebreigzabiher, Italian healthcare attache (tbc)

UK: Stand-out support for carers

MEP Theresa Griffin (S&D, UK), with

Charlotte Argyle, Carers Support Programme Manager, MacMillan Cancer Support

10.05 – Reflections from the European Commission

Piet Van Nuffel, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Thyssen

10.15 – Q&A

10.35 – Up next in caring

Stecy Yghemonos, Director, Eurocarers

10.45 – Concluding remarks

MEP Jana Žitňanská (ECR, Slovakia)

10.55 – Thank you and end

Lydia Makaroff, Director ECPC

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