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Parliamentary questions
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14 July 2017
Question for written answer E-004834-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nicola Caputo (S&D)

 Subject:  Parkinson's as an occupational disease
 Answer in writing 

Parkinson’s is an endemic disease with possible occupational connections. Parkinson’s disease was described for the first time 200 years ago. No cure currently exists, and we do not know how many people have the disease, where they are, how they are treated or what they need. We do know however that in recent years the disease has increasingly affected young people and farmers. France, for example, already recognises Parkinson’s as an occupational disease and establishes a clear causal link between this illness and the use of pesticides.

Assistance based on LEA (Baseline Levels of Assistance, which Italy’s health service is required to provide to all) is completely inadequate, and caregivers who compensate for this shortfall are still completely unprotected.

Will the Commission make the management of Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases a European political priority?

Will it promote the recognition of Parkinson’s as an occupational disease, without prejudice to the powers of Member States?

Original language of question: IT 
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