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ECCO Newsletter to members of its Patient Advisory Committee (PAC)

In this last issue of our newsletter for 2015, we take the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work and responsiveness on behalf of our organisation!

Before you embark on your well-deserved year-end breaks, we share with you ECCO’s latest news.

We look forward to another inspirational year of working with you all.

Season’s Greetings!

New ECCO Statutes

ECCO is now governed by the new Statutes with a single membership category and all members having an equal voice and an equal participation in the running of the organisation.  The Statutes were unanimously approved during the Council Meeting in Vienna and we have also held the first extraordinary Council Meeting under these new Statutes.


New ECCO Members

During the ECCO Council meetings in September and November 2015, the organisation proudly welcomed new members:

  • European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP)
  • European Society of Pathology (ESP)
  • International Psychosocial Oncology Society (IPOS)
  • International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG)

ECCO deeply values the unique expertise these new members bring to the ECCO family, opening new horizons before us as the united platform of Europe’s oncology community!


New ECCO Board

On 25 November, during the extraordinary Council meeting in Brussels, ECCO member representatives elected a new ECCO Board for the period 2016-2017.  We have the pleasure to present to your attention the new ECCO Board:

  • Peter Naredi (President)
  • Martine Piccart (Past President)
  • Matti Aapro (ESO)
  • Dirk Arnold (ESMO)
  • Riccardo Audisio (ESSO)
  • Ian Banks (Chair of ECCO Patient Advisory Committee)
  • Etienne Brain (SIOG)
  • Arturo Chitti (EANM)
  • Vincent Gregoire (EORTC)
  • Richard Marais (EACR)
  • Klaus Meier (ESOP)
  • Erik van Muilekom (EONS)
  • Wim Oyen - ex-officio Past Treasurer
  • Philip Poortmans (ESTRO)
  • Martin Schrappe (SIOPE)
  • Hein van Poppel (EAU)
  • Michel Ballieu (ECCO-CEO) - ex-officio

ECCO is now poised to make its next decisive steps in the fulfilment of its mission under the expert leadership of Peter Naredi and its new Board.


New ECCO CEO – Birgit Beger

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Birgit Beger as CEO of ECCO effective 1 March 2016.

Birgit Beger is currently the Secretary General of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME). 

She is a registered lawyer in Berlin and Brussels and holds law and political science degrees from the Freie Universität Berlin. Birgit Beger has over ten years of working experience in Public Affairs and Law in Brussels, inter alia with the European Parliament, a law firm and a European Umbrella Organisation in the area of human rights and social policy. Before her post as CPME Secretary General, she was Senior Legal advisor at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) responsible inter alia for Information Technology Law and European Contract Law.

Birgit Beger has acquired in-depth understanding of the work and role of umbrella organisations through her experience at CPME and other federations.
Through a rigorous selection process, the leadership of ECCO unanimously identified Birgit Beger as a leading European professional whose impressive qualities and experience represent an ideal match for the ambitions ECCO has for its future.

Through a rigorous selection process, the leadership of ECCO unanimously identified Birgit Beger as a leading European professional whose impressive qualities and experience represent an ideal match for the ambitions ECCO has for its future.
We are confident that Birgit Beger will help ECCO grow through the implementation of its new Strategic Plan and we very much look forward to having her on board.
ECCO Patient Advisory Committee (PAC)

Following the adoption of the ECCO Statutes in September 2015 (cf above new ECCO statutes) the Chair of the Patient Advisory Committee (PAC), Ian Banks, now has a seat with voting rights on the ECCO Board.

Patient advocacy organisations on the list approved by the ECCO Board on 1 September 2015 meeting were invited to nominate a representative to sit on the new ECCO PAC for the period of February 2016  to February 2018.

Sixteen organisations will be represented on the ECCO PAC reflecting the full breadth of patient advocacy groups working across Europe in line with ECCO’s vision. The first meeting of this enlarged group will take place in Brussels on 16 February 2016. We thank the organisations who nominated representatives to the PAC.

We also thank sincerely the PAC which has been working very hard under the strong leadership of Ian Banks since 2012.

What to look forward to in 2016

Based on the September decisions of the ECCO Board, we look forward to the start of concrete work towards defining care delivery procedures and quality performance indicators (QPI) for certain tumour types. For each tumour type, starting with ovarian cancer, a dedicated working group will define the priorities, the areas of ECCO work according to the level of involvement needed, and identify the concrete engagement from relevant Member Societies as well as a project leader. The ECCO Patient Advisory Committee will be invited to contribute  to this activity for which the process will be defined as part of the next practical steps.

Meanwhile, in the oncopolicy area of work, we are looking forward to a meeting of the Oncopolicy Task Force on 19 January 2016. This meeting aims to prepare the first meeting of the ECCO Oncopolicy Committee on 9 February 2016. The ECCO Patient Advisory Committee Chair has been invited to participate in these meetings.

ECCO2017 European Cancer Congress 27-30 January 2017, Amsterdam

Our work towards the ECCO2017 Congress has continued at full speed.

On 18 and 19 December 2015, our Scientific Committees will take decisive steps in shaping the Congress’ innovative programme offering unique scientific insights and comprehensive educational opportunities. The ECCO Patient Advisory Committee has provided its suggestions for the scientific programme ahead of these meetings in which the ECCO PAC Chair, Ian Banks, will participate in his capacity of Congress Co-Chair.

In early 2016, we will engage with the new enlarged Patient Advisory Committee in our next steps towards shaping the Congress and promoting it to the European oncology community.

We thank you sincerely for your involvement so far and we look forward to making ECCO2017 an impressive success together!


This concludes our last edition of the ECCO Members’ Newsletter for 2015.

We look forward to working with you in 2016.

We wish you joyful and relaxing holidays!


ECCO Newsletter to PAC Members
  2016 Preview  

19 Jan (Brussels)
Oncopolicy Task Force Meeting

9 Feb (Brussels)
Oncopolicy Committee Meeting

16 Feb (Brussels)
Patient Advisory Committee Meeting

24 Feb (Brussels)  
First Board Meeting

More information to come in 2016



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