Reports and Studies

Asbestos‐related occupational diseases in Central and East European Countries


This is the summary of a research report provided by Koopera􀆟onsstelle Hamburg IFE, as part of the project “Asbestos-related Occupational Diseases in Europe” commissioned and coordinated by the European Federa􀆟on of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) with the financial support of the European Commission (VS/2012/0256).

This report provides an overview on asbestos-related occupational diseases and the regulations and practices of monitoring and surveillance, recognition and compensation in 14 Central and East European (CEE) countries, namely: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Cyprus. A similar report covering 13 countries in Western and Central Europe was provided in 2006 (EUROGIP, 2006).

The goal of the project was to encourage social dialogue in Central and Eastern European Member States and in candidate countries, to facilitate information and training of concerned workers as well as victims and to improve cooperation between trade union organisations and victims’ organisations.