Tobacco control has always been and will always be a main priority for actions at ECL.


ECL has the permanent responsibility of organising the European Conferences on Tobacco or Health (ECToH), which take place every two to three years and hosted by an ECL member in Europe.


6th ECToH: the 6th European Conference on Tobacco or Health took place in 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.
It was hosted by the Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control, in collaboration with the National Coalition Against Smoking of Turkey.




More tobacco control resources are provided within each category:




(All our MAC events are free but registration is required for security purposes into the European Parliament, 60 rue Wiertz, Brussels, Belgium)  

Click HERE for directions and other practical information.

What is the MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) group at the European Parliament?


Find our more about our upcoming and past meetings below:

The next official conference for the 2013 European Week Against Cancer will take place in Dublin, hosted by the Irish Cancer Society, on 29-30 May.


Background:  ECL launched the European Week Against Cancer (25-31 May) with an event on 25 May at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.  Keynotes were made by President of the European Council Mr Herman VAN ROMPUY, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Mr John DALLI, and CoR NAT Commission Acting Chair Mr Michael COHEN.


Presentations from the "Launch Conference:  Highlight on Healthy Lifestyles" can be dowloaded here:




Official Conference for the European Week Against Cancer:  29 May to 30 May, Dublin, Ireland!






In the spirit of the European Week Against Cancer, we organised flashmob events on in major European cities, to encourage youth involvement in the dissemination of the European Code against Cancer (



The Patient Support Working Group has been active in ECL since 2007 and is currently made up of participants from the Faroe Islands to Turkey and Ireland to Italy.

The group and subgroups are chaired by volunteers from our member leagues and the ECL secretariat plays a supporting role in organising meetings, linking members with the relevant EU institutions and sharing health policy information.
Supporting patients, especially via the Patient Support Working Group (PSWG), is one of the most important areas of work for ECL!

The Patient Support Working Group (PSWG) is currently led by Lucia Budáčová of the League against Cancer in Slovakia and supported by Board member Joan Kelly of the Irish Cancer Society.


Current areas of work for the Patient Support Working Group are:

1. Employment and cancer patients

2. Access to Financial Services

3. Psychosocial Screening and Support

4. Monitoring trends in Palliative Care


The Patient Support Working Group meets twice a year with regular email and teleconferencing contact in between. For more information about the next meetings and membership please contact the ECL secretariat (PSWG (at)





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This collection of tutorials is designed for JSN Epic PRO version and many features discussed here are NOT available in free version. For more information about the difference between free and PRO version please visit section Features of this site.

The PDF version of this tutorial is included in JSN Epic PRO download package for convenient references.

ECL operates in accordance with the following transparency policy in its activities in order to ensure the highest level of ethical standards and conduct:

ECL relies mainly on its member organisations to fund activities, services and the running of the Secretariat. In order to further develop its work, ECL welcomes support from individuals and organisations who wish to help in its mission. Should you wish to do so, donations can be made to:

Association of European Cancer Leagues, 

Chaussée de Louvain, 479, B-1030 Brussels, Belgium

Bani: Fortis, Place Meiser, 9, B1030 Bruxelles, Belgium

Account number: 001-4405805-44

IBAN: BE55 001 440580544


Industry funding is restricted to labelled activities and projects. We do not accept any support from the tobacco industry, or any other companies who produce products that are deemed harmful to health.

ECL has a transparent accounting policy. ECL accounts are reviewed by an independent auditor on a yearly basis, and are available upon request. ECL budget, income and expenditure are submitted for approval by our members via the General Assembly each year. 

National Cancer Control Prorgramme Resources:


European Guide for Quality National Cancer Control Programmes:  a main deliverable of the work in the just-ended EU Joint Action European Partnership Action Against Cancer

National cancer control plans for all regions and countries worldwide: database provided by UICC's International Cancer Control Partnership.


Toolkit for Civil Society Organisations in National Cancer Control Planning



Here you will find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 Joint Action on the Development of the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control

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Briefing of previous CanCon meetings


 European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control (CANCON - 2014-2017)

The EU keeps cancer on its agenda with the Joint Action 2014-2017 "Development of the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control" ("CanCon"). It is again led by the National Institute of Public Health Slovenia and as with EPAAC, CANCON's actions are toward achieving the goal of reducing cancer incidence by 15% by 2020:

1) by identifying key elements and quality standards for comprehensive cancer control in Europe and preparing an evidence-based European guide on quality improvement in comprehensive cancer control; and

2) by facilitating cooperation and exchange of best practice between EU countries, to identify and define key elements to ensure optimal, comprehensive cancer care. Its core technical areas of work are in the following areas:

- Work package 4: Guide Coordination
- Work package 5: Platform for Member States' cooperation
- Work package 6: Integrated cancer care
- Work package 7: Community-level cancer control
- Work package 8: Survivorship & Rehabilitation
- Work package 9: Screening

ECL member Cancer Society of Finland is responsible for the horizontal work package on dissemination (Work Package 2), led by its Secretary General Sakari Karjalainen. ECL is the Cancer Society's Associated Partner for dissemination at the European level. ECL will organize policy conferences annually to inform policy makers, health professionals, and NGOs on the status of CANCON. The first CANCON Policy Conference is planned for Autumn of 2014, and subsequent Policy Conferences during the European Week Against Cancer end of May in 2015 and 2016.

More information on CANCON is available on the ECL website and on the Cancer Society of Finland's CANCON section


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