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Dear ECCO stakeholders,

Today it is my pleasure to share with you a new vision of our organisation. The ECCO Board has worked hard to shape this vision – we have aimed to ensure that we capitalise on ECCO’s unique strengths and positioning to improve cancer care for patients in Europe.

As you are no doubt aware, ECCO already unites most key stakeholders in oncology in Europe and our organisation is only set to grow.  We are uniquely positioned to drive a common oncopolicy agenda in the most efficient way.

Our organisation is committed to strengthening and broadening its policy work in line with its core goal -  addressing disparities in cancer outcomes across Europe and making sure the oncology value chain is optimised for all cancer patients.

In the course of this year, ECCO will be translating its vision into a strategy which will itself translate into impactful initiatives at the European level.  In broad terms, ECCO will:

  • Maintain and build on its cancer research work
  • Focus on monitoring and improving the quality of integrated, multidisciplinary care in Europe

I invite you to read on to learn more about ECCO’s new vision and to stay tuned for the new developments we will be sharing with you over the coming months.

ECCO’s Vision

ECCO’s core purpose

ECCO exists to provide a cohesive platform for European cancer societies and organisations to work together to improve cancer patient outcomes and to be the unified voice of the European cancer community when addressing common policy issues.

ECCO’s core values

The essential and enduring values that guide ECCO in all of its activities are:

  • Patient Centricity – ECCO puts cancer patients at the centre of its concerns and activities and strives to do the very best for them
  • Commitment to Science – ECCO’s policies reflect the very latest scientific knowledge and are independent of any vested interests
  • Cohesiveness -  ECCO believes that combining the efforts of its members goes further towards achieving common goals than the sum of its members’ individual efforts
  • Inclusiveness – ECCO seeks to include all non-profit organisations that share its vision and values
  • Equality and Fairness – All ECCO members have a voice in the organisation and ECCO strives to transcend the interests of any one member
  • Openness and Transparency – ECCO is committed to be transparent in and accountable for all it does

ECCO’s core goal

ECCO’s compelling goal that serves as a unifying focal point for all of its efforts is that:

ECCO seeks to address disparities in cancer outcomes across Europe by achieving synergies between different members’ expertise and knowledge to ensure that the oncology value chain1 is optimised for all cancer patients.

ECCO’s vision for the future

In 20 years’ time, as a result of ECCO’s efforts, fewer European cancer patients will lose their lives, more will survive and all will be helped to live their lives to the full regardless of what stage they are at in their disease journey.


Martine Piccart, ECCO President

1The oncology value chain includes the range of activities and services that multidisciplinary teams and cancer organisations provide for patients at different stages of the cancer journey as well as the support activities that underpin this process (eg. Infrastructure, research, education etc.).

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