The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) has joined other members of the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) in signing an Open Letter to President Barroso. The letter expresses ECDA's concern over the lack of political will from the leadership of the European Union with regards to chronic diseases.
ECDA highlights the fact that the European Union will only deliver on the World Health Assembly's 25 by 25 target if it commits to a long-term, dedicated strategy for the prevention of chronic diseases. Without this commitment the overarching target, together with more specific targets, including a 30% relative reduction in mean population intake of salt/sodium, a 10% relative reduction in harmful use of alcohol, and a 30% relative reduction in prevalence of current tobacco use in persons aged 15+ years will not be met. Policies to achieve these targets fall well within the regulatory competence of the European Union.
The full text of the letter to President Barroso can be found below.