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Parliamentary questions
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26 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Theodoros Zagorakis
 Subject: Amusement park safety standards and licensing rules

The frequent accidents at amusement parks throughout Europe naturally raise questions about the existence of safety rules and controls at such venues and compliance. In late October, an accident occurred at an amusement park in Nafpaktos: the victim was a three-year-old child. Two months earlier, at an amusement park in the Almyros near Volos, a 14-year-old fell from a high altitude and was unfortunately killed. In mid-October, a 24-year-old girl lost her life and another 20-year-old girl was injured in Saint-Étienne, France.

Bearing in mind European standard 'EN 13814/2004: Fairground and amusement park machinery and structures. Safety’, which lays down the minimum requirements for the safe design, installation, maintenance and operation of amusement parks, will the Commission say:

Does it have any information on accidents and mishaps caused by non-compliance with the relevant European safety rules?

Is the relevant European standard respected by national authorities? What will the Commission do to ensure that the European standard is implemented?

Does it consider that the standard is sufficient to prevent such incidents? If not, what does it intend to do to ensure the safety of citizens who visit these parks?

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