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Roundtable at EU Parliament (July 12, 2011)

Each year cardiovascular disease (including stroke) causes more deaths than all cancers combined. Cardiovascular diseases account for one quarter of all deaths in the EU and are predicted to increase dramatically in Europe’s ageing population. According to current projections, the number of strokes will rise to 1.5 million per year by 2025 in the EU.

This event will pinpoint what the EU can do to help combat this serious societal problem at EU Member State level. It will provide a forum for patient organisations as well as leading medical and economic experts to present their strategies to key EU decision-makers and share best practices.


This lunch-debate is kindly co-hosted by Cecilia Wikström, & Antigoni Papadopoulou, Members of the European Parliament.




Introduction by Cecilia Wikström MEP


1st session: Presentations of experts: How pressing is the issue for the EU?


Gérard de Pouvourville, Economics Professor at ESSEC;

Prof. Dr. Jan Sobesky, MD. Consultant of Neurology & Centre for Stroke Research Berlin (CSB)


2nd session: Exchange of best practices: Actions at a national level with programmes from patient organisations.


Maria Luisa Sacchetti, former President of ALICE Italia Onlus

James Beeby, Stroke Alliance for Europe

Miquel Gallofré, Catalonian Stroke Union


3rd session: What actions can the EU take?


Isabel de la Mata, Special Advisor - Health Policy, European Commission

Chloe Spathari, Health Attaché, Permanent representation of Cyprus to the EU, on behalf of the trio EU Presidency (tbc)


4th session: Debate in presence of European policymakers.


Closing remarks by Antigoni Papadopoulou MEP