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Parliamentary questions
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28 October 2019
E-003501/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marianne Vind
 Subject: Work-related cancer in the EU

According to the EU-ESHO, cancer causes 52% of all work-related deaths in the EU(1). In 2012, as a result of early deaths caused by carcinogens and mutagens at work, European citizens missed out on a combined total of 1.2 million years of life(2).

European citizens are bearing the consequences of this every single day, and in many places take matters into their own hands. Over the last seven years, Danish civil society, for example, has raised over one billion kroner via annual appeals for cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment(3). To ensure these efforts make a real difference, however, the policy framework needs to be tightened up to include strict regulation in support of action against cancer.

What is the Commission going to do to cut work-related cancer in the European labour market down to zero?

(1) https://visualisation.osha.europa.eu/osh-costs#!/
(2) https://www.rivm.nl/bibliotheek/rapporten/2016-0010.pdf, p. 25.
(3) https://www.cancer.dk/detgaarpengenetil/
Original language of question: DA
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