Let’s make a joint health check for CVD and diabetes happen European Parliament

Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) rank among the top causes of preventable and premature death in Europe. Currently over 1 in 3 adults live with undiagnosed diabetes, and between 20 and 40% of heart attacks occur in people previously undiagnosed with cardiovascular disease. 

We must do better. Early detection can save lives and keep people healthy. In addition, one third of people living with diabetes develop CVD, which is why a joint health check is so crucially needed.

Why a joint health check? Click here to find out more
Join us in the European Parliament from 28 February - 2 March for a week of insights, events and perspectives from people living with diabetes and CVD, healthcare professionals, policymakers, researchers and industry with one goal: limiting the serious impact of CVD and diabetes on Europeans and healthcare systems.

The opening ceremony will take place on 28 February, 12:30 - 13:00: Add to Calendar
(Altiero-Spinelli, European Parliament, 3rd Floor) with participation from:
  • MEP István Ujhelyi (S&D, HU)
  • MEP Marc Angel, European Parliament Vice-President 
  • Prof. Stefano Del Prato, Chair, European Diabetes Forum (EUDF)
  • Birgit Beger, CEO, European Heart Network (EHN)
The following experts will be available to discuss the exhibition and offer their views at the times indicated below:

Tuesday 28 February, 14:00 - 14:45: Add to Calendar
  • MEP Christel Schaldemose (S&D, DK) 
  • Christian Thonke, Chair, EFPIA Cardiovascular Health Platform 
  • Magdalena Daccord, Chief Executive, FH Europe
  • CVD Patient Ambassadors: Athanasios Pallidis, John-Paul Corry, and Danique van den Bogert

Wednesday 1 March, 10:00 - 10:30: Add to Calendar
  • MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI)
  • Prof. Dr. Francesc Xavier Cos Claramunt, Chairman, Primary Care Diabetes Europe (PCDE)
  • Prof. Chantal Mathieu, Vice-Chair, European Diabetes Forum (EUDF) and President EASD (European Association for the Study of Diabetes)

15:00 - 15:30: Add to Calendar
  • MEP Nicolás González Casares (S&D, ES)
  • Prof. Ungan, WONCA Europe Executive
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Sinnaeve, Cardiologist, KU Leuven
  • Birgit Beger, CEO, European Heart Network (EHN)

Thursday 2 March, 10:00 - 10:30: Add to Calendar
  • MEP Franc Bogovic (EPP, SI)
  • Javier García Martínez, Diabetes Advocate
  • Becky Furuta, Team Novo Nordisk athlete & ambassador
  • Sabine Dupont, Director, Strategy and Policy, IDF Europe

11:30 - 12:00: Add to Calendar
  • MEP István Ujhelyi (S&D, HU)
  • Prof. Panos Kanavos, Associate Professor of International Health Policy, London School of Economics
  • Elisabeth Dupont, Regional Manager, IDF Europe 
  • Maurizio Guidi, Chair, EFPIA Diabetes Platform

Please note that you must be a holder of an access badge to enter the European Parliament in order to visit the exhibition