One of IDF Europe's main activities is policy and advocacy at the regional and national level.
At regional level, the main targets of IDF Europe are the EU Institutions (European Parliament and European Commission), the Council of Europe and the World Health Organization European Region.
At national level, the Federation acts as a bridge for its Members by informing them on the latest policy developments Europe-wide. This way, national members can perform their policy and advocay activities at national level, using regional activities as a reference.
MEPs Mobilising for Diabetes (MMD), the MEP Interest Group on Diabetes, was established in November 2020 and continues the work of the EU Diabetes working group and IDF Europe's other advocacy efforts, such as IMPACT Diabetes. The group aims to represent the interests of people living with diabetes, their relatives and carers, as well as those at risk. Under the auspices of co-chairs MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen and MEP Christel Schaldemose, MMD will work to elevate diabetes on the EU political agenda, promote understanding of the multi-faceted nature of diabetes and dispel common misperceptions.
Through close collaboration with the Commission, Council, and individual Member States (MS), MMD will foster EU action around the following priorities:
Improving diabetes management, care, and risk reduction approaches
Promoting better, more affordable, and uninterrupted access to the required medicines and technologies
Eliminating stigma and discrimination against people living with diabetes
The official launch of MMD occurred in February 2021 with the release of the ‘Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union by 2030’.
Written from the perspective of people living with diabetes, the recommendations in this Blueprint cover the whole spectrum of actions to be implemented to improve their lives in Europe. These recommendations are articulated around three key priorities - reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications, integrating care and enabling access. These pillars are supported by three key enablers - engagement of people living with diabetes, digitalisation and data, and research for actionable insights. The document can be downloaded here.
MMD provides a political platform to support the diabetes community and to elevate their united voice at European level.