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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on producing reliable statistics on suicide rates by socio-professional category

Philippe Loiseau

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on producing reliable statistics on suicide rates by socio-professional category  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission’s answer to written question E-005299/2018 by Philippe Loiseau MEP,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas EU farmers face serious problems, in particular financial problems;

B.  whereas studies(1) conducted in France by the Mutualité sociale agricole (French agricultural pension fund) found that suicide rates among farmers were 20-30% higher than for the rest of the population;

C.  whereas, according to the same studies, the higher suicide rates among farmers can be explained by the lack of a decent income and massive debts;

D.  whereas European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis’ answer to Philippe Loiseau’s written question stated that the EU‐level data needed for a meaningful analysis of the reasons why farmers commit suicide are not available;

1.  Takes the view that death statistics in the EU, including suicide rates, should be categorised by socio-professional group with a view to identifying sectors that are going through a crisis;

2.  Calls on the Commission to collect, compile and publish accurate and reliable data on suicide rates by profession in the Member States;

3.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and the Commission.



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