The Asbestos Victims’ Fund and the Democratic Memory Law, one step away from its final approval


The full board of the Basque parliament will go to the Senate, where the Compensation Fund for Asbestos Victims will be approved. The initiative was based on a presentation by the Chamber of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Euskaraz irakurri: Amiantoaren biktimentzako funtsa eta Memoria Demokratikoaren Legea, onartzetik urrats batera

The bill for the establishment of a compensation fund for asbestos victims It will be finally approved in the Senate plenary session next Wednesday, where it will receive unanimous support if the political groups maintain their voting position.

In addition, the Senate will debate and submit to vote the Democratic Memory Lawexpected to be finally approved after the Constitutional Commission vetoes PP, Vox, Burgers and UPN.

the table of Basque Parliament to the Senate, where the Compensation Fund for Asbestos Victims is approved (there will also be parliamentarians from EH Picture, PP and PSE-EE). The initiative was based on a presentation by the Chamber of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

This year, the fund will receive an initial allocation from the General Government Budget of €25 million and will serve to repair damage and loss of health as a result of a exposure to asbestos suffered by a person “in their work, domestic or environmental area in Spain, as well as those (…) who were economically dependent on the deceased”.

The fund will be managed by the National Social Security Institute and will include credits or transfers determined in the General State Budget, as well as other contributions, such as, for example, corporate sanctions.

Once published in the BOE, the text provides a maximum timeframe of three months for the development of the regulations necessary to initiate and launch the fund’s operations.

As for the vote on the Democratic Memory Actthe feeling of CKD voice It will be one of the unknowns who voted in favor in the Constitutional Commission that approved the advice, though he voted to abstain in Congress.

This law, which deepens the historic memorial law of 2007, was approved almost a year ago in the Council of Ministers and considered by Congress in October 2021, but two months later it was put on hold when the Spanish government government does not see enough support to continue it as opposition from the PP, Vox and Ciudadanos was accompanied by the initial rejection of ERC.

It was last June when the project was pulled from the drawer to reactivate processing, after PSOE and United We Can approached positions with other minority formations. Thus, the Democratic Memory Act passed the presentation phase after introducing several amendments agreed with EH Bildu, PNV, PDeCAT, Más País and the Canary Coalition.

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