This is the monthly newsletter on public affairs sent by ESTRO to national societies
This is the ESTRO Public Affairs newsletter: a monitoring service offered by ESTRO to national societies of the radiation oncology area to keep up-to-date with oncopolicy issues.
This issue of the newsletter is dedicated to The EURATOM Work Programme 
Focus of the month
The EURATOM Work Programme
Happening across Europe at a glance

Other news
  • The European Commission work programme 2019
  • Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)  on the value of innovative health research   
  • Check out the latest white papers published!
  • Calls for Proposals 


The European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) met over the last weeks to discuss and decide on several proposals and the developments within the scope of the Euratom work programme. 
Major outcomes include EU directives for member states to promote the establishment of effective and efficient nuclear standards; improved nuclear safety and radiation protection. The recent council proposals outline a European Instrument for Nuclear Safety complementing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument on the basis on the Euratom Treaty 2018. The proposals cover the period 2019-2025 with the objective to fulfill the present programme "European Instrument for Nuclear Safety complementing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument on the basis of the Euratom Treaty."

EU Directives
Under the European instrument for nuclear safety, the European institutions are calling for member states to apply the common directives taking into account the wide diversification of national legal frameworks that exist within the European Union. To support member states in transposing the EU directives, such as the Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom, special “know-how” guidelines are being developed taking the national context into account. “It is most relevant and practical to support specific partner countries as they set out to do the same in their national legal and industrial framework.”

More information and the draft report is available here (published 5 Oct)

Research & Training: 2019-2020
– New Regulation implemented!
On the 15 October the EURATOM 2018/1563 Council regulation on the Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (2019–2020) came into effect. Complementing the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, (repealing Regulation (Euratom No 1314/2013), this regulation establishes the Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2020. The regulation lays down the rules for participating in that programme. Emphasis is placed on the continuous improvement of nuclear safety, security and radiation protection, to potentially contribute to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy system in a safe, efficient and secure way.  A wide range of related actions are listed under the work programme. Amongst others, to support issues including radiation protections and the development of medical applications of radiation, inter alia, the secure and safe supply and use of radioisotopes (item d, article 3 objectives).

Research and Training: 2021-2025
 - Proposal

Proposal for a council regulation establishing the EURATOM Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period 2021-2025. Incentive for the regulation is outlined in the draft report (published 2 September) and states that:
“We should continue to invest in cutting-edge research in these topics in order to maintain the skills and knowledge required for safe and secure operation of nuclear power. Furthermore, investments are needed in the development of fusion technologies and a committed completion of the Fusion roadmap. The largest share of funds under this programme should continue to be deployed to fusion research. As it falls under the Euratom treaty, the program continues to be apart from EU’s general framework programs for science and research.”

Multi-financial framework 2021-2027
The multi-financial frame work 2021-2027 anticipates an increased budget for radiation safety matters. An EU-wide approach to nuclear safety, radioactive waste management and radiation protection is important to ensure the highest standards for protection of citizens and environment across Europe and beyond. As a result of the ongoing discussions, member states can anticipate an increased budget allocation for radiation safety issues. Projects such as CONCERT and MEDIRAD projects contribute to the safe use of industrial applications of ionising radiation and to the development of tools supporting radiation protection of the general public, workers, patients and the environment. However, projects for radiation protections funded under the FP6 and FP7 programme lack systematic assessment. This will be addressed within the EURATOM programme: it will facilitate use and dissemination of research results and will reinforce the European integration of radiation protection research while making science in radiation protection more understandable for EU citizens.
More information on the 
MFF 2021-2027.

The complete EURATOM work programme report can be downloaded here (dated 3 October 2018)


 Happening across Europe at a glance 


>> In Germany, the health ministry, insurance companies and doctors reached an agreement on the basic concept and standards for an electronic health record, which could be available in the country by 2021 Read more

The Netherlands joined the European framework for facilitating the circulation of genomic health data
>> The 18th member state to join the framework by signing the declaration on linking genomic health data across borders. Read more

The UK Government adopted the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill on 26 Oct
>> It will ensure that UK nationals living and working in the EU can obtain healthcare abroad in exchange for paying taxes and social security contributions, after Brexit. The government wishes to agree a reciprocal health care deal with the EU, or with each member country individually, in case of a no-Brexit deal. Read more

 >> Guidance document for those involved in clinical trials is available. Read more


"Concern for man and himself and his safety must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavor. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations."

- Albert Einstein 

The European Commission work programme 2019  

On the 23 October the EC released its work programme for 2019. In the digital single market work stream  it proposes a recommendation on establishing an integrated exchange of European Health Records.  

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Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)  on the value of innovative health research  

On 24 October following the 10th anniversary Scientific Symposium the IMI hosted its stakeholders forum which focused on "the value of cross-sectoral health research and innovation’ and looked at cross-sector collaboration between drug developers and the European Commission."

Read more

Check out the latest white papers!   

Youth Cancer Europe (YCE) released a white paper positioning itself against the EU’s cross-border healthcare directive during a launch event in the European Parliament on October 17.
Download paper

The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) launched its white paper on tackling challenges in access to medicines for all cancer patients in Europe, during the “Let’s talk Access” event hosted by the MEPs against Cancer Group, on October 10, at the European Parliament.
Download paper

European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and the ESTRO Cancer Foundation (ECF) published a white paper on "Radiotherapy: Seizing the opportunity in cancer care" as part of the Marie Curie Legacy Campaign 
Download paper

Calls for Proposals 
  H2020-MSCA-RR-2018: MSCA for researchers at risk deadline December 4 2018
MSCA-ITN_2019: Innovative Training Networks deadline January 15 2019
MSCA-RISE 2019: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange deadline April 2 2019
MSCA-COFUND 2019: Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes deadline April 4 2019
SC1-DTH-01-2019: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for monitoring health status and quality of life after cancer treatment deadline April 24 2019

For a list calls on the topics of Nuclear Fission, Fusion and Radiation Protection Research here.
If you have any questions  please contact Gabriella Axelsson
ESTRO Public Affairs Project Manager
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