Asbestos site stirs unhappy memories ahead of MEP vote
Eric Jonckeere, who lost both parents and 2 brothers
to asbestos-related diseases, visits Kapelle-op-den-Bos in Belgium, once the site of the 2 biggest asbestos factories in the world.
Mr Jonckeere's journey comes 1 month before the European Parliament votes on measures to clean hotspots and address compensation issues
for the many affected by asbestos before and since its Europe-wide ban 10 years ago.
"The polluter must become the payer
, since the courts have now proved that they knew and didn't take proper precautions," Mr Jonckeere says. "It's not about creating panic. But people need to know that in [certain buildings] there is asbestos. When works are done, we must supply protection."
MEPs are pushing for legislation in addition to steps taken in the last 2 decades to eradicate asbestos
. They also want to stop the export of the problem by European companies which continue to manufacture asbestos-containing products