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Parliamentary questions
5 March 2018
P-001379-18
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Rina Ronja Kari (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Working conditions at the European Patent Office
 Answer(s) 

Working conditions at the European Patent Office (EPO) have been the subject of persistent criticism for years now. The trade union federation USF recently sent a letter to all 38 of the EPO’s delegations. In the letter, the USF’s chair, Dr Bernd Loescher, describes the situation at the EPO as ‘extreme’(1).

1. What are the Commission’s views on the criticism that has been raised about working conditions at the EPO?

2. How is the Commission planning to follow up on the criticism about working conditions at the EPO?

(1) http://www.unionsyndicale.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/scan_loescbe_2018-02-28-16-33-21.pdf

Original language of question: DA 
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