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Electromagnetic Fields: EU Law

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings he has had with his European counterparts on the revision of the Physical Agents (Electromagnetic Fields) Directive; and when he expects the proposal for a revised Directive to be brought forward. (204229)

I have been asked to reply.

There have been no ministerial discussions with European counterparts. However, officials from the Health and Safety Executive have recently met with representatives of the European Commission, and also those of other member states and interested stakeholders, to discuss the way forward for this directive. The European Commission has indicated that it intends to carry out a full impact assessment and will engage in social dialogue before publishing a proposal for a revised directive. This is unlikely to emerge before 2010.