MEP Digestive Health Group

Coordinating European action to reduce the burden of digestive diseases

A voice for digestive health in the European Parliament

The Digestive Health Group is a cross-party platform of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from different EU Member States. The group is chaired by MEP Romana Jerković and counts 12 MEPs. The group aims to raising awareness of the need for better prevention, improved treatment and greater understanding of the causes of digestive diseases. It draws attention to the real-life impact of digestive diseases, their socio-economic burden and it fosters health literacy to strengthen the competence of citizens to manage their health.

Key topics include:

  • Prevention & treatment of digestive diseases
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle
  • Social and economic costs of (chronic) digestive diseases
  • Nutrition/ marketing polices encouraging healthy lifestyles
  • Mitigation of alcohol related harm
  • Digestive cancers: implementation of quality-controlled screening programmes; increasing standards in cancer care
  • Foster research on digestive health in Horizon Europe

Booklet launch event at the European Parliament

Together with MEP and Digestive Health Group Chair Romana Jerković, we will organize a high-level event at the European Parliament on April 26!

On this occasion, UEG medical experts will present for the first time the White Book 2 Booklet, a new publication summarizing the most relevant data from our latest pan-European study on the burden and economic costs of digestive diseases, as well as the associated research gaps. The presentations will be followed by a lively and insightful discussion with key stakeholders from the European health community with the aim to pave the way for more effective prevention strategies, improved outcomes for patients and increased funding into digestive health research in Europe.

Registration is open until April 17, 2023!

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Meetings of the MEP Digestive Health Group

Digestive Cancers: Turning the tide through prevention (2022) 

On May 16, the MEP Digestive Health Group convened a virtual meeting focused on the prevention of digestive cancers. The panel discussion centred around the current challenges and policy opportunities in cancer prevention and included a prominent panel of experts and policy makers.  

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Opening address from MEP Antonio Tajani
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Keynote from EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides
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Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan - Remarks from MEP Sara Cerdas

Launch of the MEP Digestive Health Group (2021) 

On June 15 2021, we launched the MEP Digestive Health Group in the current legislative mandate of the European Parliament (2019-2024) with an online event hosted by Antonio Tajani, the former Chair of the group.  

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The status quo of digestive health in Europe
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Message from MEP Cristian Busoi

Our supporters

MEP Romana Jerković, Chair of the Group, Croatia (S&D)
MEP Sara Cerdas, Vice-Chair of the Group, Portugal (S&D) 
MEP Sarah Wiener, Vice-Chair of the Group, Austria (Greens) 
MEP Bartosz Arlukowicz, Poland (EPP) 
MEP Biljana Borzan, Croatia (S&D) 
MEP Cristian Busoi, Romania (EPP) 
MEP Liudas Mazylis, Lithuania (EPP)
MEP Dolors Montserrat, Spain (EPP) 
MEP Sirpa Pietikainen, Finland (EPP) 
MEP Michele Rivasi, France (Greens) 
MEP Rob Rooken, The Netherlands (ECR) 
MEP Susana Solis, Spain (Renew)

How to join the group

To become a supporter, please email .

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