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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2016
E-007963/2016(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-007963/2016

To support Member States in securing the highest level of health protection for European citizens, the Council adopted in 1999, a recommendation on the limitation of exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields (EMF)(1). While this recommendation is not binding, it encourages Member States to establish a common protective framework in the EU, using common reference levels of exposure, and to increase consistency between national approaches.

According to the 2008 implementation report on the application of the 1999 Council Recommendation, Spain follows the Council Recommendation(2).

The recommendation also requires the Commission to keep the possible health effects of EMF under review. Accordingly, the risks arising from exposure to EMF are periodically assessed by the EU scientific Committees. The latest review by the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published in January 2015(3), confirmed the validity of the reference levels and measures recommended by the Council Recommendation (1999).

(1)Recommendation 1999/519/EC on the limitation of exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields
(2)http://ec.europa.eu/health/archive/ph_risk/documents/risk_rd03_en.pdf
(3)http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/emerging/docs/scenihr_o_041.pdf

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