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23 December 2011

The European Parliament adopts a resolution on health and safety at work

On 15 December 2011, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the mid-term review of the European strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work. The resolution is based on a report by Karima Delli (Greens group). The text stresses the importance of a European health and safety strategy and sends a clear signal to the European Commission: Parliament intends to maintain and develop this component of European social policies. With regard to the current strategy, the EP highlights certain weaknesses, in particular its non-systematic approach to long-term health effects such as work-related cancers.
The final text adopted by Parliament in plenary is nevertheless less ambitious than the initial text proposed by Karima Delli. It was watered down by a number of amendments tabled by two groups, the European People’s Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe.
Karima Delli, rapporteur and member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, commented after the vote: "I welcome this vote by a large majority, a strong signal from the European Parliament. This crisis must absolutely not serve as a pretext to neglect health and safety at the workplace. Workers’ well-being must not be sacrificed on the altar of austerity."

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