26 April 2019

Together we can cure cancer

Thierry Philip. Photo credit: Win Consortium


In Strasbourg, I’ve presented my European Master Plan against Cancer together with Thierry Philip, President of the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes, and co-author of the Master Plan.


With my ten proposals we want to join our forces in the fight against cancer in Europe. We need to further develop the revolutionary innovations in the fields of biomedicine, bioinformatics, big data and artificial intelligence. Our work and investments should put the patient at the centre of our actions, helping alleviate their pain on their difficult journey with their illness.


Europe has always been successful when we set ambitious goals together, combining our energy and efforts to work in the same direction. I am convinced that together we can make a difference in the lives of millions of people. That is why the fight against cancer will be one of my key priorities.


Scientific progress can save lives. This know from the successful fight against the deadly consequences of influenza and measles. The next fight is that of cancer. Over 40 percent of us will be confronted with cancer in our lives. Many of us know somebody currently fighting cancer. These numbers are shocking, and we must us act.


Prof. Dr. Angelika Eggert, Director of the Department of Paedriatrics, Department of Oncology and Hematology of the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and co-author of the Master Plan said that “With a dedicated European approach, we will be able to cure 9 out 10 children with cancer in 10 years”.

In Strasbourg I’ve met with Les Républicains to support my French friends ahead of the European Elections.


Laurent Wauquiez, Chairman of the Les Républicains, and the French lead candidate for the European elections François Xavier Bellamy represent the new generation of leaders for Europe. Together we’ve met asparagus producers in Alsace, a pride for our agriculture.


We have had an interesting exchange of views with the farmers about the Common Agriculture Policy, about their problems and what the EU can do for them. The EPP recognizes the hard work of each of our farmer. We owe them for providing quality products and secure our food supply. Agriculture is not a sector like another for us. We believe our farmers bring much more than food: they contribute to the environment and the viability of our rural communities.


The EPP will always remain the political family defending European farmers. Together with our friends from Les Républicains we can move Europe forward, we can open a new chapter for Europe!