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22 April 2014

MEPs call for Commission to act on skin cancer

In a letter to the European Commission dated 9 April, a group of Euro-MPs calling themselves MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) called on the EU executive for measures to strengthen the prevention and recognition of skin cancer associated with exposure to ultraviolet rays at work.

The MEPs point out that skin cancer has been recognized as a work-related disease in several Member States (e.g., Austria, Germany, Denmark, etc.).

Europe-wide, an April 2006 EU Directive ensures the protection of workers against artificial sources of optical radiation, but not sunlight.

The reason why the Commission pulled solar radiation from the draft Directive at the time was in response to a European Parliament amendment, much-decried by workers and their trade unions.

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