Senate approves fund to compensate asbestos victims after 11 years of claims

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Representatives of the Association of Asbestos Victims of Euskadi and the entire board of the Basque Parliament attended the Senate. The initiative arose from a presentation by the Chamber of Vitoria-Gasteiz 11 years ago.

Euskaraz irakurri: Senatuak amiantoaren biktimentzako funtsa onartu du, 11 urteko aldarrikapenen ostean

The Senate this afternoon approved the fund to compensate asbestos victims after 11 years of compensation claims.

This year, the fund will receive an initial allocation from the General Government Budget of €25 million and will serve to restore the damage and losses to health due to 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 causative agent ” .

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.

During the entire 20th century some 2,600,000 tons of asbestos were imported. The peak consumption peak occurred between the 1970s and 1980s, about three quarters used in construction, and the relationship with mesothelioma has been scientifically proven.

In Spain, the number of deaths directly related to asbestos between 1994 and 2008 was 3,943.

According to the law, “if an estimate is made of the annual number of cases of pathologies due to asbestos, 7,154 cases could be reimbursed between 2003 and 2009 in its various modalities”.

That is why most political groups today agree that repairing the damage caused by asbestos is a matter of “historical justice”.

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Source: EITB

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