Today the EU Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) is holding an exchange of views on the ‘Protection of workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work’ as part of the EU’s proposal to amend the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive.

The event which is being held virtually will be introduced by Slovakian MEP and EMPL Chair Lucia ĎURIŠ NICHOLSONOVÁ.

In November 2020 the EBN joined forces with a broad coalition of professional organisations, trades unions and patient groups to launch the Stop Cancer at Work Campaign. A Campaign calling for the EU to propose or accept legislation in the 2020 revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) to include carcinogenic cytotoxic drugs which cause cancer, such as leukaemia, in healthcare workers and patients in Appendix I, and reprotoxins, which harm all workers’ fertility, in the title of the CMD.

The exchange of views will be an opportunity for key interest groups to make the case for what they believe the amendments to CMD4 should include.

The schedule for the meeting is as follows:

Introduction by Lucia ĎURIŠ NICHOLSONOVÁ, EMPL Chair:

Rapporteur Stefania Zambelli:

Statement by Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights:

Panel speakers:

•            Elke Schneider,  European Agency for Safety and Health at work

•            A representative of ANSES

•            Dr. Lena Sharp, EONS (the European oncology nursing society) Past-President and EONS Advocacy Working Group Chair

•            Ian Lindsley, European Biosafety Network

•            Tony Musu, Senior Researcher, European Trade Union Institute

•            Rebekah Smith, deputy director for social affairs

Floor to shadow Rapporteurs:

Answers by experts and Commissioner Schmit Concluding remarks by Stefania Zambelli, Rapporteur

EMPL meeting invite

Please find below the Interactio links for remote participation to the EMPL meeting taking place on Tuesday 23 February from 13:45 to 16:15 and 16:45 to 18:45 in room SPAAK 1A002.

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