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C 51 E/142 Official Journal of the European Union EN 26.2.


(2004/C 51 E/156) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1802/03

by Christopher Huhne (ELDR) to the Commission

(28 May 2003)

Subject: Air passenger health

Will the Commission give the figures for the number of deaths in the EU due to air transport crashes in
each year for the last five years? Will it also estimate the number of deaths attributable to air transport in
other ways (such as deep vein thrombosis)? Is the Commission satisfied that it is treating air transport
health issues with enough priority?

Answer given by Mrs de Palacio on behalf of the Commission

(10 July 2003)

The number of passengers killed in commercial flights operated by Community carriers are given below:

 1998: 46;

 1999: 56;

 2000: 100;

 2001: 111;

 2002: 18.

(Source: Airclaims)

As for deaths caused by deep vein thrombosis attributable to air transport, this is not possible to estimate
at the present time. Deep vein thrombosis is linked to a number of factors and present data does not make
it possible to distinguish air transport from the others. However, the Commission is co-financing studies
designed to clarify the link between deep vein thrombosis and air transport, under the auspices of the
World Health Organisation. In early 2005 these will give results, which should allow conclusions to be
drawn on the link between air transport and deep vein thrombosis. In parallel, the Commission has
undertaken studies on the quality of cabin air and the health of aircrews, that might form the basis of

In addition to these initiatives, the Commission is contributing to a programme of work launched by the
European Civil Aviation Conference on the health of air passengers, including the collection of data on
medical incidents and the harmonisation of medical services to passengers.

(2004/C 51 E/157) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1810/03

by Miquel Mayol i Raynal (Verts/ALE) to the Council

(2 June 2003)

Subject: Erasmus World programme

The Council recently reached a political agreement concerning the implementation of the Erasmus World
programme. The aim of this programme is to create a quality framework with a view to attracting greater
numbers of postgraduate students from all parts of the world.

It has been suggested in various milieux that this programme should be viewed as an opportunity to boost
competitiveness and further the objectives laid down by the Lisbon European Council in March 2000 with
the aim of making the EU ‘the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world’.