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Parliamentary question - E-011157/2014Parliamentary question

Asbestos in the European Union

Question for written answer E-011157-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mercedes Bresso (S&D) , Patrizia Toia (S&D) , Simona Bonafè (S&D) , Renata Briano (S&D) , Caterina Chinnici (S&D) , Sergio Gaetano Cofferati (S&D) , Brando Benifei (S&D) , Paolo De Castro (S&D) , Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D) , Enrico Gasbarra (S&D) , Massimo Paolucci (S&D) , Luigi Morgano (S&D) , Nicola Caputo (S&D) , Alessia Maria Mosca (S&D) , Daniele Viotti (S&D)

Although the manufacture of asbestos-based products and goods is banned in the European Union, this extremely dangerous fibre is still responsible for thousands of deaths every year. According to the World Health Organisation, between 20 000 and 30 000 people contract diseases linked to exposure to asbestos every year. There is still asbestos in many public buildings, including hospitals and schools, as well as in various structures, ships, piping and the like.

Since asbestos poses a serious threat to the health of European citizens, and with reference to the resolution of the European Parliament of 30 January 2013[1], can the Commission answer the following questions: