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Parliamentary questions
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2 March 2017
E-001456-17
Question for written answer E-001456-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mark Demesmaeker (ECR)

 Subject:  Antimicrobial resistance
 Answer in writing 

The Commission recently published a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on antimicrobial resistance. It indicated that, despite the efforts that had been made, antimicrobial resistance remained very prevalent and presented a threat to human and animal health. Infections caused by resistant bacteria were said to be responsible for around 25 000 deaths per annum in the EU.

The Commission has announced a new action plan, to be submitted by this summer.

1. What additional measures is the Commission considering in order to further dramatically reduce the administration of antibiotics to human beings and animals in the EU?

2. Does the Commission acknowledge that more data urgently need to be gathered concerning meat imported from third countries? Are specific tests for resistant bacteria an option, as a supplement to the monitoring which is already performed now?

3. What action will the Commission take to place monitoring and measures against resistant bacteria in third countries on the political agenda? What efforts is the Commission making to place this subject on the agenda for the G20 meeting in July 2017?

Original language of question: NL 
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