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Joint EESC & CoR Conference

Freeing Europe safely from asbestos

24 June 2015, 09:30 – 18:00

Meeting Room VMA3, 2 rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels, Belgium


09.30 – 09.45



Mr. Carlos Trias Pinto, President of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change, CCMI

Ms. Yoomi Renström, Chair of the CoR Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment and Culture, SEDEC


09.45 – 10.00



Dr. Jorge COSTA-DAVID, European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Unit EMPL B3: Health, Safety and Hygiene at Work

10.00 – 10.45

PANEL 1 | Moderated by Ms. Doreen Huddart, CoR member, Member of Newcastle City Council – EU legislation, proposals and recommendations by the European Parliament, the EESC and the CoR

(10 minutes per intervention)



Mr. Stephen Hughes, former MEP, rapporteur of the EP report on "Asbestos related occupational health threats and prospects for abolishing all existing asbestos (2012/2065(INI))"

Mr. Aurel Laurentiu Plosceanu, EESC member, rapporteur of the EESC opinion on "Freeing the EU from asbestos"

Mr. Mauro D'Attis (EPP/IT), CoR member, rapporteur of the CoR opinion on "Strategic framework on health and safety"


10.45 – 11.15



11.15 – 11.30


11.30 – 12.15


PANEL 2 | Moderated by Mr. Lars Vedsmand, former trade union expert on asbestos from Denmark – Energy efficiency, safe management and removal of asbestos from old buildings and workers' training

(10 minutes per intervention)


Mr. Rolf Gehring, The European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW)

Ms. Cristina Garcia Herguedas, Director of Health and Safety at FCC Construcción, Chairwoman of the Health and Safety sub-commission of FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation)

Ms. Agata Kotkowska, Head of Sector, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), Unit B.1 Energy, Sector B.1.1 Buildings, District Heating and Cooling

Mr. Antonio Paparella, European Commission, DG GROW, Sustainable Industrial Policy and Construction



12.15 – 13.00






14.30 – 15.15

PANEL 3 | Moderated by Ms. Laurie Kazan-Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS)  – Examples of Best Practices for asbestos removal

(10 minutes per intervention)


Mr. Franco Maroni, AFEVA (asbestos support group) and expert in decontamination

Mr. Andrzej Konieczka, Technical Director, Board Member, Cembrit Production S.A., Poland / Municipal asbestos decontamination. Employer’s responsibility towards employees exposed to asbestos at work.

Dr. Metoda Dodič Fikfak, Slovenia, Academic

Mr. Bernard Gay, CCMI delegate, Former Director-general of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Member, Board of French Company of Social Housing


15.15– 15.45


15.45 – 16.15


16.015 – 17.00

PANEL 4 | Moderated by Mr. Mick Antoniw (PES/UK), CoR member, Member of the Welsh Assembly – Prevention, recognition and compensation of asbestos induced (occupational and non-occupational) diseases

(10 minutes per intervention)


Ms. Laurie Kazan-Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS)

Prof. Dr. med. Xaver Baur, occupational physician, Institut für Arbeitsmedizin – Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Mr. John Flanagan, Vice-Chair of the UK Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum (5 min speech plus 5 min video of victims)

Mr. Eric Jonckheere, Vice-President of Abeva – Association Belge de Victimes de l'Amiante



17.00 – 17.30


17.30 – 18.00



Mr. Enrico Gibellieri, member of the CCMI Bureau, rapporteur of the EESC opinion on "Freeing the EU from asbestos"

Ms. Yoomi Renström, Chair of the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment and Culture, SEDEC







Interpretation in the morning: ENGLISH, ITALIAN, SPANISH

Interpretation in the afternoon: ENGLISH, ITALIAN, FRENCH


Final Agenda Asbestos