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Welcome to the European Society of Cardiology. Our mission: to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe
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To fulfil its mission the ESC has set long-term strategic goals that define what should be achieved in the coming years

ESC TV 2013 - Strategic priorities of ESC President Prof Panos Vardas, interviewed by President-elect Prof Fausto Pinto

Unity of the society, maintaining success, extending our global reach, influencing health policy and standardising health care, strengthening ties with universities, and continuity in the ESC vision and leadership

Strategic goals of the ESC

Specific action points, together with control measures, will be listed under each objective. The goals and objectives should be achieved in accordance with the ESC Core Values and Code of Ethics.

The following strategic goals and objectives have been set:

Advance prevention, detection and management of cardiovascular disease

Harmonise training and accreditation in cardiology; Provide practice guidelines and audit tools; Encourage and assist in effectiveimplementation of guidelines; Provide high quality education via congresses, journals, Web Site and educational products; Support exchange of trainees in cardiology within the ESC countries. 

Promote and disseminate cardiovascular science

Strengthen scientific quality of the ESC congresses and facilitate participation of scientists; Support and develop networks to facilitate cardiovascular research in Europe; Provide and enable environment for young researchers; Influence funding of cardiovascular research; explore the potential to create a Research Foundation.

Provide leadership in cardiovascular medicine in Europe and beyond

Influence the political institutions of the European Union in concert with Constituent Bodies and peer organisations; Enhance relationships with peer groups worldwide; Strengthen relations with industry in areas of common interest.

Increase involvement of the ESC membership

Increase communication with Constituent Bodies to recognise and meet their needs; Further develop corporate structure and function to ensure that the ESC and its National Societies, Associations, Working Groups and Councils work in co-operation to achieve fully their joint and separate roles; Increase involvement of Fellowsand Nurse Fellows; Address all professions involved incardiovascular medicine.

Optimise the resources of the Society

Identify and develop future leaders; Create opportunities to ensure active participation and contribution of cardiology leaders from all its member countries in the work of the Society; Promote the skills and career development of the ESC employees