Joint Statement
The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Sciensano, the Association of Slovenian Cancer Societies, the Institute of Oncology Ljubljana and other entities warmly invite any like-minded organisations and individuals to endorse our statement.
Will you join us and show your support for our 7 priorities to accelerate Europe’s path to cervical cancer elimination by endorsing our statement?
The Joint Statement will be promoted during European Week Against Cancer (21-31 May 2021) and emailed to EU Member States’ representatives and EU Officials shortly after EWAC.

Individual Endorsements

MEP Alex Agius Saliba (S&D, Malta)

MEP Biljana Borzan  (S&D, Croatia)

MEP Brando Benifei (S&D, Italy)

MEP Claudia Gamon (RE, Austria)

MEP Chrysoula Zacharopoulou (RE, France)

MEP Fabio Massimo Castaldo (non-attached, Italy)

MEP Frances Fitzgerald (EPP, Ireland)

MEP Gianna Gancia (ID, Italy)

MEP Hilde Vautmans (RE, Belgium)

MEP Jordi Cañas (RE, Spain)

MEP Olivier Chastel (RE, Belgium)

MEP Sara Cerdas (S&D, Portugal)

MEP Seán Kelly (EPP, Ireland)

MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, Finland) 

MEP Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg)

MEP Véronique Trillet-Lenoir (RE, France)

Prof Dr Steven Van Gucht, Head of Viral Diseases, Sciensano

Prof Guido Van Hal, Professor Social Epidemiology, Antwerpen University

Prof Jean-Yves Blay, President, Unicancer

Prof Dr Joakim Dillner,  Scientific Director, Karolinska University Hospital , Head of Unit, Center for Cervical Cancer Prevention

Dr Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Director,  Epidemiology and Risk Communication Interagency Service,  AUSL Reggio Emilia 

Dr Livia Giordano, Director, Screening Unit , CPO Piedmont  – AOU Città della Salute e della Scienza 

Dr Paola Armaroli, Epidemiologist,  Screening Unit, CPO Piedmont  – AOU Città della Salute e della Scienza 

Dr Mercè Marzo-Castillejo, General Practitioner Researcher, Unitat de Suport a la Recerca (USR) Costa de Ponent

Dr Vítor Rodrigues, Associate Professor,  University of Coimbra

Dr Carmen Ungurean, Cancer Screening Coordinator, National Institute of Public Health, Romania 

Dr Janine de Zeeuw, Researcher, The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)

Isabel Portillo, Cancer Screening Coordinator,  The Basque Health Service 

Tine Jerman, Data Analyst, Institute of Oncology Ljubljana 

Dr Mangesh Thorat, Deputy Director (Clinical) – Cancer Prevention Trials Unit (KHP), King’s College London

Dr Sue Sherman, Lecturer in Psychology, Keele University

Dr Francesca Maria Carozzi, Biologist, University of Florence

Dr Giuseppe La Torre, Professor, Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome 

Dr Severien Van Keer,  Postdoctoral researcher, University of Antwerp 

Dr Francesco Chierigo, Urology Resident, IRCCS Polyclinic IRCCS Hospital San Martino, Genova, Italy 

Dr Janet Raycheva,  Medical Oncology Resident and’s Content manager

Dr Amil Družić, MD, Radiation Oncology Resident & ECL Youth Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr Meritxell Mallafré-Larrosa, Public Health Agency of Catalonia

Mashkur Abdulhamid Isa, MPH Student, University of Sheffield

Christos Tsagkaris, Medical Student, University of Crete

Elif Tufan, Medical Student, Marmara University 

İkbal Kayabaş, Medical Student, Marmara University 

Maša Davidović,  PhD-candidate, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Stefanie Veraghtert, Founder & CEO, The Big C. 

Karmen Korda, Junior Researcher, Croatian Institute of Public Health 

Helena Vučković, ECL Youth Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer for Croatia

Iuliana Stratan, ECL Youth Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer for Moldova

Bianca Wolf, ECL Youth Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer for Austria

Zoë Verloo,  ECL Youth Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer for Belgium

Gizem Acar, ECL Youth Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer for Turkey

Nadezda Majdalani, ECL Youth Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer Bulgaria

Shukurgeldi Myradov ECL Youth Ambassadors ECL Youth Ambassador for Turkmenistan

Dr Miljana Stojanovska, ECL Youth Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer for North Macedonia

Krassimira Zaykova, ECL Youth Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer for Bulgaria

Dr Dino Mehic, ECL Youth Ambassador for the European Code Against Cancer for Austria 

Lydia van Geloven, Director, Credo Business Generator

Patricia Pinto, Psychologist, Portuguese League Against Cancer 

Organisations' Endorsements

Association of Slovenian Cancer Societies 

Breakthrough Cancer Research

Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO)

Croatian League Against Cancer

Catalan Federation Against Cancer (FECEC)

Cancer Society of Finland (CSF)

Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF)

CPO Piedmont – Screening Unit

Danish Cancer Society

Dutch Cancer Society (KWF)

Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation Malta (ECRF)


European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS)

European Cancer Organisation (E.C.O)

European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA)

Foundation Against Cancer Belgium

HPV Prevention and Control Board (HPV Board)

Irish Cancer Society (ICS)

Irish Cancer Prevention Network (ICPN)

Irish Cancer Society (ICS)

Institute of Oncology Ljubljana

Italian Cervical Carcinoma Screening Group (GISCi)

League Against Cancer Slovakia (LPR)

Lega Italiana Lotta contro i Tumori Milano Monza Brianza

Medicines for Europe

MEPs Against Cancer Interest Group

National Institute of Oncology, Hungary

National Institute of Public Health, Romania INSP (NIPH)

National Center of Pathology, Affiliate of Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos National Center of Pathology

Norwegian Cancer Society


O Fonds

Polish Cancer League (PLWzR)

Portuguese League Against Cancer 

PRESCRIP-TEC Global Health Unit UMCG

Programma Mattone Internazionale Salute (ProMIS)



Scottish Government, Digital Health and Care Directorate (DHCD)

Spanish Association Against Cancer  (AECC)

Stand up to Cancer Flanders (KotK)

Swiss Cancer League*

Taskforce Nederland HPVkankervrij

The Marie Keating Foundation (MKF)

The Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society

Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control


Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

Vaccines Today

Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative

World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF International)


*The Swiss Cancer League endorses the statement, but does not have an official position on HPV testing yet.

 ECL policy dialogue  – 5 February 2021
Summary report
Padlet  – comments from the audience
VaccinesToday’s article about the event


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