European Commission: Commission continues fight against occupational diseases

Brussels, 24 September 2003

The European Commission is calling on Member States to take the necessary measures to prevent a number of illnesses that can be commonly linked to the workplace. Such measures should also enable sufferers to claim compensation.

Occupational diseases blight the lives of sufferers, said Anna Diamantopoulou, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs. We are recommending that Member States not only take preventive measures, but support the Commission in the collection of data to allow us to have a clear picture of this problem for the whole of Europe.

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