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Advocacy Committee


The ESC is dedicated to reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease by advancing cardiovascular science, supporting high quality healthcare and promoting evidence-based decision making. To this end, the cardiology and cardiovascular science profession needs to interact, via policies and partners, with decisionmakers in healthcare as well as the patients, in order to provide expert advice and support.

The ESC advocacy committee`s overarching goal is to provide a platform to implement and coordinate these activities, to engage in a permanent dialogue with European and national policy makers and to ultimately serve the mission of the ESC to “reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease”.

Within this framework, the ESC Regulatory Affairs Committee is specifically set up to provide expert advice throughout the EU regulatory process to ensure optimal safety and efficacy of CVD interventions.


  • Prof. Hugo Katus, FESC, Germany


  • Prof. Victor Aboyans, FESC, France
  • Prof. Riccardo Asteggiano, FESC, Italy - Ex officio Council of Cardio-Oncology
  • Prof. Lina Badimon, FESC, Spain
  • Prof. Enrico Caiani, FESC, Italy – Ex officio Digital Health Committee
  • Prof. dr. Julie De Backer, FESC, Belgium
  • Prof. Paul Dendale, FESC, Belgium
  • Ms. Irene Gibson, Ireland
  • Dr. Alessia Gimelli, Italy
  • Prof. Tomasz Guzik, FESC, United Kingdom – Ex officio Publication Committee
  • Dr. Mitja Lainščak, FESC, Slovenia
  • Dr. João Morais, FESC, Portugal
  • Ms. Kaat Siebens, FESC, Belgium
  • Prof. Piotr Szymański, FESC, Poland – Ex officio Regulatory Affairs Committee Chair
  • Prof. Miloš Táborský, FESC, Czech Republic
  • Prof. Frans Van de Werf, FESC, Belgium
  • Prof. Panos Vardas, FESC, Greece – Ex officio European Heart Agency
  • Prof. Christiaan Vrints, FESC, Belgium


  • Prof. Karin Sipido, FESC, Belgium