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7 May 2009
by Hiltrud Breyer (Verts/ALE)
to the Commission

 Subject: Persons sensitive to or adversely affected by electrosmog in Europe
 Answer in writing 

According to an internal survey by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection, there are several thousand electrosensitive people in Germany seeking to escape from electromagnetic radiation, for example from mobile phones, mobile phone antennae or WLANs. The Office estimates that in Germany some six per cent of the population suffer sickness symptoms in reaction to high‑frequency radiation — and the figure is rising.

1. Does the Commission have information on the number of electrosensitive people in Europe as a whole? If not, does the Commission plan to conduct surveys on the matter?

2. Does the Commission have information on how many electrosensitive people there are in the EU seeking to escape from electromagnetic radiation? If not, does the Commission plan to conduct surveys on the matter?

3. What does the Commission think of the moves to set up so‑called radiation protection areas for electrosensitive people, as is the case in Sweden, for example?

4. How does the Commission view the approach adopted by Sweden to recognise electrosensitivity as a disability?

5. There are several EU Member States that have stricter limit values for electrosmog than those recommended for the EU in 1999. Does the Commission not share the view that the same high level of protection should apply in all EU Member States? In this regard, will the Commission seek to make the limit values stricter? Does the rising number of people adversely affected by electrosmog not make it clear that stricter limit values are required across Europe?

Original language of question: DEOJ C 189, 13/07/2010
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