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Welcome to the European Society of Cardiology. Our mission: to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe

Welcome to the European Affairs section

Securing a European policy environment favourable to cardiovascular health

Cardioscape reveals where the money for cardiovascular research in Europe comes from and what it is spent on

CVD is the number 1 killer in Europe claiming over 4 million lives in the Europe and 1.9 million lives per year in the European Union (EU). CVD is also estimated to cost the EU economy almost €196 billion a year. The rising life expectancy coupled with adverse trends in major cardiovascular risk factors could lead to a doubling in the absolute incidence of CVD by 2050.

ESC ‘nearer the heart of European politics’ with new Brussels bureau

The ESC opened its Brussels bureau in February 2013 to be nearer the heart of European politics. Known as the European Heart Agency, the bureau now houses European Affairs, the European Heart Health Institute and the European Heart Academy.  Read more


The European Society of Cardiology is engaged in a constant dialogue with health stakeholders in Europe, including EU and national policymakers, European advocacy groups as well as other professional medical associations undertaking European Affairs activities.

More specifically, the ESC European Affairs Committee works to take forward the European agenda on:

  • Prevention: stimulating the development of national strategies to combat heart disease, while providing practical tools to act both at population and individual level.
  • Research: improving the standards of cardiovascular research in Europe through the identification and promotion of unmet research needs and priorities.
  • Regulatory affairs: establishing an open dialogue and exchange with European regulatory authorities on cardiovascular regulatory aspects.
  • Registries: ensuring political support to the development of comparable CVD data in the European Union
  • e-Health: favour the develoment of ICT tools and services for cardiovascular health

In this section you will find more details on the ESC advocacy activities.