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 13 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

Launching our new publication at the European Parliament

On April 26, 2023, we organized an event at the European Parliament that brought together digestive health experts and key stakeholders from the European health community for a lively and solution-oriented discussion on the current state of digestive health across Europe. 

On this occasion, we also launched our latest publication on the burden of digestive diseases. Based on the key findings, we have issued an Open letter addressed to EU leadership with six policy recommendations to create a stronger policy environment for digestive health in the EU.

Read Open Letter

Want to learn more about the key findings from the discussion? Find a summary of the event in our press release. 

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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 Biljana Borzan, Croatia (S&D) 
MEP Cristian Busoi, Romania (EPP) 
MEP Kateřina Konečná, Czechia (GUE/NGL)
MEP Liudas Mazylis, Lithuania (EPP)
MEP Dolors Montserrat, Spain (EPP) 
MEP Alessandra Moretti, Italy (S&D)
MEP Sirpa Pietikainen, Finland (EPP) 
MEP Tomislav Sokol, Croatia (EPP)
MEP Susana Solis, Spain (Renew)
MEP István Ujhelyi, Hungary (S&D)

How to join the group

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Public Affairs & Advocacy Management
Anna Carboni