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Greece unprepared for EU asbestos ban

  • Asbestos, which causes lung cancer, is present in many Greek hotels, schools and factories. (Photo: EUobserver)

Greece has not only failed so far to take necessary measures in preparation for the 2005 EU ban on the use of asbestos, but it is the seventh-largest producer of the mineral world-wide, E-kathimerini reported.

The Hellenic Thoracic Society Chairman Panayiotis Behrakis said Greece is one of only two EU members not to have adopted any legislation on banning asbestos, whose inhalation causes lung cancer. In 1999, Brussels decided to prohibit use of the mineral from 2005.

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In Greece, asbestos is present in many Greek hotels, schools and factories, E-kathimerini said.

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