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Parliamentary questions
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20 March 2019
E-001430-19
Question for written answer E-001430-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  Specialising in child psychiatry in Spain
 Answer in writing 

The Spanish Ministry of Health has suddenly decided to stop offering child psychiatry as a medical specialty. Between 10% and 20% of children and adolescents worldwide have mental health problems(1). Spain and Bulgaria are the only EU Member States that do not offer a specialty in child psychiatry, even though doing so is recommended by the European Union of Medical Specialists(2).

1. In the Commission’s view, is Spain failing to abide by Directive 2005/36/EC of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications(3)?

2. If so, what action will the Commission take to ensure that Spain complies with the current legislation?

3. Does the Commission believe that Spain should offer a specialty in child psychiatry?

(1)https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)60827-1/fulltext
(2)https://www.uems.eu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/44434/UEMS-2014.18-European-Training-Requirements-Child-adolescent-Psychiatry.pdf
(3)OJ L 255, 30.9.2005, p. 22.

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