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Anniversary of mining accident in Marcinelle 1956

Top Story - 01-08-2016
Former mine building in Marcinelle, a steel tour and a locomotive
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Exactly 60 years ago, on the 8th of 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.

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MEPs are set to react to the Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe on Wednesday at 15.00, following its presentation by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani and Mr Juncker will hold a press conference after the debate, at around 16.30. Parliament set out its vision for the EU future in three resolutions voted by the full House on 16 February 2017.

Before the start of the debate, from around 14.20, a number of Commissioners and Parliament group leaders will hold doorsteps at the protocol entrance on the ground floor of the Paul Henri Spaak building.
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