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European Elections Manifesto 2024 for the paediatric oncology and haematology community endorsed by 12 MEPs, and counting

SIOPE and CCI Europe presented their European Elections Manifesto 2024 for the paediatric oncology and haematology community on the occasion of the International Childhood Cancer Day. 12 MEPs and 13 organisations proudly signed the Manifesto during a dedicated event held at the European Parliament with high-level speakers.

To date, 25 MEPs and organisations endorsed our manifesto, calling for more effective measures to cure more, cure better, and tackle inequalities in paediatric cancer care across Europe.

12 MEPs have kindly endorsed the Manifesto so far:

  • MEP Stelios Kympouropoulos (EPP, Greece)
  • MEP Tomislav Sokol (EPP, Croatia)
  • MEP Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg)
  • MEP Margarita De La Pisa Carrión (ECR, Spain)
  • MEP Hildegard Bentele (EPP, Germany)
  • MEP Martine Kemp (EPP, Luxembourg)
  • MEP Istvàn Ujhelyi (S&D, Hungary)
  • MEP Estrella Durá Ferrandis (S&D, Spain)
  • MEP Manuela Ripa (Greens/EFA, Germany)
  • MEP Petar Vitanov (S&D, Bulgaria)
  • MEP Cindy Franssen (EPP, Belgium)
  • MEP Annalisa Tardino (ID, Italy)

Moreover, 13 organisations have endorsed the Manifesto:

  • University College London
  • NGO Karkinaki Awareness for Childhood and Adolescent Cancer
  • Accelerate
  • Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner
  • Imagine for Margo – children without cancer
  • Kick Cancer
  • Europe Physical Society
  • Floga Parents Association
  • Acreditar – Associação de Pais e Amigos de Crianças com Cancro
  • Kinderkankerfonds vzw
  • Federación Española de Padres de Niños con Cáncer
  • Precision Oncology Consulting
  • Hospital de Especialidades Pediátricas Tuxtla

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Beating Childhood Cancer: Cure More, Cure Better and Tackle Inequalities

The European Elections 2024 Manifesto for the paediatric oncology and haematology community was proudly presented and discussed at the International Childhood Cancer Day event in the European Parliament.

The event “Beating Childhood Cancer: Cure More, Cure Better and Tackle Inequalities”, was named after the Manifesto itself. It was hosted by MEP Stelios Kympouropoulos who we thank heartily for being a champion of the cause of children with cancer. He declared:

International Childhood Cancer Day is extremely important as a landmark for raising awareness, however unremittingly and every day we should fight together against childhood cancer”.

 A special video address by Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety  highlighted her unwavering commitment to our efforts.

Our partnership with The European Society for Paediatric Oncology is driving our Cancer Plan forward in the paediatric domain. We have achieved a lot with Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, but many more milestones lie ahead. Children with cancer need to have the spotlight shone on them and their families, so they can continue to smile, to hope, to dream, to believe.’’

The manifesto was presented by Dr. Gilles Vassal (SIOPE, Gustave Roussy) and Delphine Heenen (CCI Europe, Kick Cancer) who outlined the need to:


  1. Save more lives thanks to better treatments
  2. Support the recovery of children and adolescents after their treatment
  3. Eradicate inequalities among children and adolescents with cancer


In the panel discussions which followed, the debate evolved around vital policy key EU legislation and initiatives of paramount importance for our childhood cancer community, such as:

  • The current revision of the EU Pharmaceutical Legislation;
  • The negotiation of the European Health Data Space;
  • Sustainability of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and EU Cancer Mission to maintain investment into initiatives and projects in childhood cancer.

Looking to the future, speakers also highlighted the need for  EU support in various areas of delivery of research and care  in childhood cancer, namely:

  • Developing Comprehensive Paediatric Cancer Infrastructures,
  • Ensuring the sustainability of ERN PaedCan,
  • Enabling accreditation of centres delivering childhood cancer care,
  • Implementing European Standards of Care for Children with Cancer.

Last but not least, panelists stressed that cancer does not stop after treatment: EU countries must do better in terms of providing psychosocial support and survivorship care.

In  June 2024, European citizens will have the opportunity to have their voices heard by electing the new members of the European Parliament. The 2024-2029 mandate is THE chance to progress the ongoing European Union initiatives and deliver an integrated childhood cancer-specific programme that will save lives, improve the quality of survival, and eradicate inequalities. We will strive to ensure that childhood cancer remains high on the political agenda, and tangible results are delivered in our mission to cure more, cure better, and eradicate inequalities.


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Childhood Cancer International – Europe

Childhood Cancer International – Europe (CCI-E, or CCI Europe) represents childhood cancer parent and survivor groups as well as other childhood cancer organisations in Europe: more than 63 organisations in 34 European countries are members of CCI-E. CCI Europe works together with all relevant stakeholders for the same goal: help children and adolescents with cancer to be cured, with no – or as few as possible – long term health problems/late effects. (

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European Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP)

The European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOPE, or SIOP Europe) is the single united European organisation representing all professionals working in the field of childhood cancers. With more than 2,500 members across 35 countries, SIOP Europe is leading the way to ensure the best possible care and outcomes for all children and adolescents with cancer in Europe. (