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1956 mining accident in Marcinelle

News Alert - 08-08-2016
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On 8 August 1956, in the mines of Marcinelle in Belgium, a fire resulted in 262 casualties. Many of the victims were immigrants, mostly italians, but also Polish, Greek, German, French, Hungarian, and more, in what was one of the biggest post WWII industrial accidents in Europe.

Following this catastrophe, several decisions by the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community led to significant headway in Europe regarding health and safety at work.

8 August 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the Bois du Cazier mining disaster in Marcinelle. On this occasion we invite you to listen to exclusive audio footage of the European Coal and Steel Common Assembly never before published.

Tribute to the victims of the mining accident of Marcinelle - 20 Oct. 1956 - Strasbourg
4th joint meeting of the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Common Assembly of the European Coal and Steel Community.

Statement by Giuseppe PELLA, President of the ECSC Common Assembly



Statement by René MAYER,  President of the ECSC High Authority and minute of silence



The files are downloadable in the "Related audio" section.
With thanks to the EPRS - Historical Archives for their help.

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