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COPD is the EU 5th cause of death and yet, it has not make reached the EU political agenda yet. 

In this section, ECC presents its work related to overall issue of chronic diseases or non-communicable diseases.

In April 2012, in its response to the EU stakeholders consultation on chronic diseases (The European Commission Consultation document is here), the European COPD Coalition highlighted the need for enhanced prevention, care, research and training on COPD in the framework of the reflection process on chronic diseases.

The ECC is calling for a future European strategy on chronic diseases that will include strong political actions to address risk factors of COPD, inprove care and treatment, together with advancing research and training for healthcare professionals.

Read the full answer to the consultation: ECC Answer Consultation CD_April12.

In May 2012, ECC initiated and co-organised a European Conference names “Living Longer, Better” with 4 associations all working on chronic diseases: EHN, ERS, IDF-Europe and ECCO. Please read the conference report.

ECC is a member of ECDA, the European Chronic Disease Alliance and the (global) NCD Alliance, the Non Communicable Disease Alliance.