Belgian EBCP Mirror Group
Unlocking opportunities in EU Cancer Calls and Projects.
Tackling the Cancer Challenge, a united front in Belgium and Europe
Cancer is more than a medical challenge; it’s a societal issue with significant impact on communities, governments, and healthcare systems. As of 2020, an alarming 4% of the Belgian population was living with this life-altering diagnosis. If left unaddressed, projections indicate that Europe will experience a 20% rise in cancer cases by 2040, amounting to over 3 million new diagnoses.
To proactively confront this growing health crisis, the European Commission has rolled out two groundbreaking initiatives :
Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP) : Introduced in 2021, this policy-led initiative provides a comprehensive framework for tackling every stage of cancer—from prevention and early detection to diagnosis and treatment.
Mission on Cancer : With an ambitious target to save 3 million lives by 2030, this research-backed initiative complements and reinforces the objectives of the EBCP.
Belgium’s Collaborative Action: The BE EBCP Mirror Group
Recognising the urgency and complexity of this issue, Belgium has established a diverse coalition of stakeholders to ensure the effective implementation of the EBCP. The Belgium EBCP Mirror Group (BE EBCP MG) consists of over 400 experts :
- Federal and regional health agencies
- Professional societies
This collaborative body focuses on:
- Identifying priority areas through stakeholder consultation
- Mapping out European Commission funding opportunities, primarily under the EBCP and Mission on Cancer
- Engaging in European Commission cancer-related initiatives and ensuring their effective translation into local action
- Patient and citizen advocacy groups
- Industry leaders
Expert Guidance : Thematic Working Groups (TWGs)
The BE EBCP MG is further fortified by its Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), serving as expert advisers in key domains of cancer care:
- Early Detection and Screening
- Diagnosis and Treatment
- Quality of life including care organisation and survivorship
- Children, adolescents and young adults (CAYAs) with cancer
- Artificial Intelligence
- Citizen and patient engagement
These groups also address cross-cutting issues like quality of life and healthcare inequalities.
Anticipated Outcomes : A Future of Hope
Our collaborative efforts aim to:
- Harmonise Belgium’s cancer policies and initiatives with the overarching goals of the EBCP
- Systematically identify and capitalise on funding opportunities for cancer research, care, and control
- Optimise resource allocation in an increasingly competitive and complex funding landscape
- Promote interventions that significantly reduce the cancer burden in Belgium, improving patient care, survival rates, and quality of life
- Foster robust collaborations between national stakeholders and their European counterparts