MEP Digestive Health Group

17 MEPs from all different political groups and a variety of Member States are currently members of the Group.

The chair of the Group is MEP Pavel Poc (S&D, CZ), and the co-chairs are MEP Nessa Childers (S&D, IE), MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP, RO) and MEP Michele Rivasi (Greens/EFA, FR). 

The MEP Digestive Health Group was launched on 15 May 2018 at the European Parliament, at an event hosted by MEP Pavel Poc (Chair of the Group) and MEP Nessa Childers (Co-Chair of the Group).

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The mission of the MEP Digestive Health Group is to improve digestive health by raising awareness and promoting policy initiatives to counter chronic digestive diseases and encourage prevention and treatment of digestive cancer, nutrition & alcohol-related harm. 
Download the report detailing the status quo of digestive Health in Europe and the Group’s mission.

Quote from the Chair, MEP Pavel Poc:

"The healthcare and socio-economic impact that is inflicted by digestive diseases continues to grow across Europe. Promoting a greater understanding of digestive diseases amongst political stakeholders is imperative to facilitate positive change for the benefit of patients.” 


  • Reformulating processed foods for better health, November 28 2018
    This is the theme of the third European Digestive Health Summit 2018, hosted by the MEP Digestive Health Group
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  • Putting Pancreatic Cancer on the map – what we have and what we need, October 10, 2018
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  • Launch of Digestive Health Group, 15 May 2018
    The Digestive Health Group was launched on 15 May at the European Parliament. 

The European Parliament Interest Group on Digestive Health brings together MEPs who are interested in, and passionate about, promoting improvements in all elements of digestive health and associated EU policy initiatives aimed at tackling these diseases across the European continent. The Group’s overarching mission is to ensure that continually improving digestive health becomes and remains an integral part of the EU health agenda; serving as a platform of exchange between the scientific community and policy makers. 

The Group will raise awareness of the need for better prevention, improved treatment and a greater understanding of the causes of digestive diseases, and will draw attention to the real-life impact of digestive diseases, the socio-economic burden that such diseases cause, and foster health literacy regarding digestive diseases to strengthen the competence of citizens to manage their (digestive) health.

Key topics that the Group will address include:

  • ensuring equitable access to quality prevention and treatment
  • eliminating disparities between Eastern and Western Europe
  • the implementation of quality controlled screening programmes across Europe
  • mitigation of alcohol-related harm, nutrition, obesity and lifestyle factors
  • EU research funding into digestive health and the social and economic costs of chronic digestive diseases. 

The MEP Digestive Health Group receives secretarial and scientific support from United European Gastroenterology, a medical association representing gastroenterologists.
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