Go back to the Europarl portal

Choisissez la langue de votre document :

  • bg - български
  • es - español
  • cs - čeština
  • da - dansk
  • de - Deutsch
  • et - eesti keel
  • el - ελληνικά
  • en - English (Selected)
  • fr - français
  • ga - Gaeilge
  • hr - hrvatski
  • it - italiano
  • lv - latviešu valoda
  • lt - lietuvių kalba
  • hu - magyar
  • mt - Malti
  • nl - Nederlands
  • pl - polski
  • pt - português
  • ro - română
  • sk - slovenčina
  • sl - slovenščina
  • fi - suomi
  • sv - svenska
Parliamentary questions
PDF 102kWORD 15k
23 November 2016
E-008747-16
Question for written answer E-008747-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lampros Fountoulis (NI)

 Subject:  Greece in the lead antibiotics consumption in Europe
 Answer in writing 

The inappropriate consumption of antibiotics causes over 25 000 deaths each year in Europe. In at least three countries, Italy, Greece and Malta, resistance to the most recent antibiotics has become a persistent problem, which means that some hospitals may be unable to provide effective treatment for patients infected with resistant bacteria. Greece now holds the lead regarding consumption of antibiotics in Europe.

‘Klebsiella pneumoniae resistance to carbapenems — the latest generation of antibiotics — rose from 6.2% in 2012 to 8.1% in 2015, the highest resistance levels occurring in Greece, where they are consistently in excess of 50%’(1)

Patients are now dying in Greece because of failure to take serious action to reduce consumption of antibiotics.

In view of this:
What measures will the Commission take to help reduce the consumption of antibiotics?

(1)http://www.kathimerini.gr/884254/article/epikairothta/ellada/neo-kampanaki-gia-antiviotika

Original language of question: EL 
Legal notice