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ESC Advocacy

ESC is a proud co-founder of several high profile European partnerships that support the same mission to improve public health and patient care.

Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe (BioMed Alliance)


The 9th EU Framework Programme for Research (FP9) will soon succeed Horizon 2020. This may have a direct impact on EU funds available for health research from 2020. The ESC is calling for the FP9 to:

  • Increase funding for medical research as CVD remains the world's leading killer and medical research has a major impact on life expectancy and the quality of life
  • Push for CVD specific calls to ensure continued innovation and research excellence

Find out more about how ESC and other medical research organisations, through the Alliance of BioMedical Research in Europe, are advocating to ensure that FP9 will deliver for CVD research.

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Read the BioMed Alliance position paper on FP9

The European Society of Cardiology is a founding member of the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe (BioMed Alliance), a unique initiative representing 27 leading research-oriented medical societies that include more than 400.000 researchers across Europe.

The BioMed Alliance aims at promoting the best interests and values of research across all medical disciplines in Europe, in those general areas where common interest is identified.

The European Society of Cardiology has approved and adopted the BioMed Alliance Code of Conduct of healthcare professionals and scientific organizations

The European Society of Cardiology was nominated twice to hold the Presidency of the BioMed Alliance:

  • 2014 - 2015: Professor Karin Sipido, MD, FESC
  • 2018 - 2019: Professor Axel Pries, MD, FESC

For more information on the BioMed Alliance please visit

Recent Activity

Reacting to the European Commission’s first review of the Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Directive 2010/63/EU), the BioMed Alliance released a statement highlighting that:

  • The current Directive is relevant and necessary
  • No amendments proposed at this stage
  • A better implementation and enforcement of the directive is needed in all EU member states


European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA)

The European Society of Cardiology is a founding member of the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA), a coalition of eleven European health associations sharing the same interests in combating chronic diseases through European public health policies.

The Secretariat of ECDA is currently provided by the European Society of Cardiology.

For more information please see the ECDA website

MEP Heart Group

The Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Heart Group is a discussion forum aimed at promoting measures that will help reduce the burden of CVD in the European Union and raise CVD as a priority on the EU political agenda.

For more information visit