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Parliamentary questions
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5 November 2018
E-005605-18
Question for written answer E-005605-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Barn fires in Europe
 Answer in writing 

The European Union has guidelines for the health and safety of people at work in livestock farming, including fire prevention measures(1), but not for animals. And this while in the past 10 years, more than 1.5 million animals have died in barn fires in the Netherlands alone(2).

1. Can the Commission indicate how many animals have died in barn fires in recent years in Europe?

2. Does the Commission agree that in the event of barn fires, both the number of animals killed and the number of animals surviving the fires should be established in an objective and transparent manner, and that Member States should keep statistics on barn fires based on objective sources?

3. Can the Commission explain whether it is prepared to take measures to reduce the number of barn fires and the number of animals killed in barn fires in Europe, as Parliament recently called for in the case of fires in poultry houses(3), by encouraging Member States to introduce fire safety requirements for existing and new barns that ensure that animals can escape from their barns in the event of fire?

(1)https://osha.europa.eu/en/tools-and-publications/publications/protecting-health-and-safety-workers-agriculture-livestock
(2)https://www.wakkerdier.nl/vee-industrie/misstanden/stalbranden/
(3)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&reference=P8-TA-2018-0429&language=EN&ring=P8-RC-2018-0484

Original language of question: NL 
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