The EU has definitely made some progress in the realm of occupational health and safety. The number of people who have died as a result of accidents at work has decreased by 25% since 2008, and the percentage of people who report health problems caused or worsened by work has decreased by 10% since 2008. However, 160 000 people still die as a result of work-related illnesses in Europe each year. Recently, the Commission launched a new initiative to promote occupational health and safety that focuses on preventing accidents and work-related illnesses.
1. How does the Commission intend to tackle work-related stress, which is a social problem with significant psychological and physical impacts?
2. Since the EU has no binding and harmonised legislation that specifically deals with the prevention of work-related harassment, does the Commission plan to create any legal structure(s) that addresses this fact?