Towards the European Initiative on Colorectal Cancer


Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer as well the second cause of death from cancer in Europe. Every year, there are a quarter of a million new cases diagnosed. Moreover, there are persistent differences in the survival of patients across Europe suggesting that there are health inequalities that could be reduced through coordinated European action such as ECICC.

ECICC aims to provide individuals with a quality assurance scheme developed using a person-centred approach which is based on evidence, with the objective of reducing these health inequalities through a coordinated European action.

ECICC applies an inclusive, bottom-up approach. Feedback and cooperation with academia, patients organisations, professionals, and local institutions are vital for the development of ECICC.

The Commission is currently populating the contacts database of ECICC stakeholders:
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• Appointment of the ECICC National Contacts – ongoing
• Website set-up – 2018
• Open call for feedback to define the ECICC scope – 2018
• Appointment of working group members through an open call – 2019

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ECICC National Contacts

ECICC is taken forward in close coordination with experts from the 28 EU Member States and Albania, Iceland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey. They were asked to nominate a national contact as a focal point to represent each participating country for the duration of the project.

Country Name Surname Affiliation
AL - Shqipëria / Albania Bledar KRAJA Gastrohepatology, Lecturer at the University of Medical Sciences,  Head of Ward at Mother THERESE University Hospital
AT - Österreich / Austria Katharina ANTONY Gesundheit Österreich GmbH
BE - België; Belgique; Belgien / Belgium Saskia VAN DEN BOGAERT FPS Health, Food chain safety and Environment
BE - België; Belgique; Belgien / Belgium Marc VAN DEN BULCKE Head Cancer Centre. OD Public Health and Surveillance
BG - България; Bălgarija / Bulgaria     To be nominated
CH - Schweiz; Suisse; Svizra; Schwiiz; Svizzera / Switzerland Urs MARBET Gastroenterology, Cantonal Hospital of Uri
CY - Κύπρος / Cyprus Stala KIOUPI 1st Class Medical Officer, Ministry of Health
CY - Κύπρος / Cyprus Chrysostomos KLONIS Acting Director, Endoscopy Unit, Larnaca General Hospital
CZ - Česká republika / Czech Republic Miroslav ZAVORAL Chairman of the Commission for Colorectal Cancer Screening, Director of the Central Military Hospital
CZ - Česká republika / Czech Republic Stepan SUCHANEK Board for Colorectal Cancer Screening, Czech Society of Gastroenterology, 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Military University Hospital
DE - Deutschland / Germany Véronique


Division 315 “Non-Communicable Diseases” Federal Ministry of Health
DK - Danmark / Denmark Marie


Head of Section, Evidence, Education & Emergency Services. Danish Health Authority
EE - Eesti / Estonia Ulla RAID Ministry of Social Affairs
ES - España /Spain Josep A. ESPINÀS Catalan Cancer Plan Department of Health
FI - Suomi; Finland / Finland Raija


Department of oncology (Gastroenterology) University of Turku and Turku University Hospital
FR - France / France Jerome


The French National Cancer Institute
GR - Ελλάδα / Greece     To be nominated
HR - Hrvatska / Croatia Dunja SKOKO-POLJAK Public Health Specialist, Head of Sector Public Health, Ministry of Health
HU - Magyarország / Hungary Beatrix


IE - Éire; Ireland / Ireland Judith


Cancer Policy Unit An Roinn Sláinte / Department of Health
IS - Ísland / Iceland Anna SVERRISDÓTTIR Directorate of Health
IT - Italia / Italy Antonio FEDERICI Ministry of Health - Prevention Department
LT - Lietuva / Lithuania Tadas


Department of Surgery Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno klinikos
LU - Luxembourg / Luxembourg Claire DILLENBOURG-WERTZ Ministère de la Santé
LV - Latvija / Latvia Jānis


Department of Research and Health Statistics, Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
ME - Crna Gora/Црна Гора / Montenegro Ranko


Head of the Digestive Surgery Department in Clinicle Centre of Montenegro

MK - Република Македонија / former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Urim


Specialist internist, Subspecialist gastroenterohepatologist University clinic for gastroenterohepatology
MT - Malta / Malta Miriam DALMAS Ministry for Health - Office of the Chief Medical Officer
NL - Nederland / Netherlands Lydia


Programme coordinator colorectal cancer screening; Public Health Institute; RIVM centrum voor Bevolkingsonderzoek
NO - Norweegen / Norway Kjell Magne TVEIT Director of the Cancer Strategy in Norway at the Norwegian Directorate of Health
PL - Polska / Poland Jarosław REGULA The Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute of Oncology
PT - Portugal / Portugal Nuno MIRANDA National Cancer Plan - Direção Geral de Saúde
RO - România / Romania

Corina Silvia

POP Ministry of Health
RS - Сpбија / Serbia Goran BARISIC Clinical Center of Serbia, Clinic for Digestive Surgery - I Surgical Clinic
SE - Sverige / Sweden Annika


Chief physician Regional Cancer Centre Stockholm-Gotland
SI - Slovenija / Slovenia Borut ŠTABUC Head of Departement of Gastroenterology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana
SK - Slovensko / Slovakia Rudolf


Primary of Endoscopic Department, Gastroenterology clinic of the Slovak Medical University and University Hospital in Bratislava
TR - Türkiye / Turkey Ahmet Serdar KARACA İstanbul Başkent University
UK - United Kingdom / United Kingdom Tim ELLIOTT Department of Health and Social Care