The MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) Interest Group was founded in 2005 by a group of MEPs at the European Parliament (EP), and remains the only group dedicated to cancer policy at the EP. MAC come from different political groups and countries and work together to strengthen cancer control policies, promote cancer prevention, ensure access to high quality treatments and care for cancer patients in Europe. MAC believe that European cooperation adds value to Member States’ action.
On the World Cancer Day, 4 February 2019, the MAC Group published its elections manifesto called ‘BEATING CANCER: MISSION POSSIBLE: Towards effective cancer control in Europe’. In the manifesto the Group identifies key objectives which shall be addressed in the 2019-24 mandate. Activities undertaken by the group shall contribute to reaching the set objectives.
I. VISIBILITY – MEPs Active in the MAC Group are often approached to speak in public meetings and conferences about the issue and get greater attention from press and stakeholders active in healthcare.
II. KNOWLEDGE – Members of MAC get evidence-based knowledge support from the secretariat upon request and first hand access to materials relevant to ongoing health/cancer related policy issues discussed at both the European and national level.
III. NETWORK – MAC members build strong relationships with civil society, patient organisation, healthcare professionals, researchers and other stakeholders throughout the mandate. They have opportunities to meet other MEPs, Commission officials and decision-makers and to build partnerships in order to fulfill their mission – beating cancer.
Membership in the MAC Group is restricted to Members of the European Parliament elected in the 2019-24 mandate. To become a member or find out more information about the MAC Group, please send an email to Anna(at)europeancancerleagues.org or call ECL +32 2 256 2000 / +32 2 502 6525 for information on the process. We will also ask you to fill a short application form. We look forward to working together to make beating cancer #MissionPossible!
MAC receives secretarial support from the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), a Brussels-based NGO representing national and regional cancer societies in Europe (transparency register: 19265592757-25). MAC’s activities are co-funded by the Operating Grant of the EU Health Programme.
MAC meet on average four times per year with external stakeholders. Topics of external meetings are announced in advance. A meeting report with outcomes is sent within 30 days after each meeting. All meetings are hosted by MAC MEPs, and organised in cooperation with credible non-profit organisations. Participation in meetings and other MAC activities is individual, depending on MEPs’ interests and agendas. Regular participation is highly appreciated and awarded by increased visibility of the MEP’s work (e.g., all three MEPs nominated for the 2018 Health Award were MAC members!).
Internal MAC meetings restricted to MEPs and APAs take place each year to discuss objectives, achievement and past and upcoming meetings. The first annual meeting will take place in Autumn 2019, where the appointment of MAC President and Vice-Presidents will take place. MAC President and three Vice-Presidents coming from different countries and political groups are elected for the 5 year term.