European Social Charter

The decision on the merits of the complaint lodged by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) against Greece became public

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) v. Greece, Complaint No. 72/2011

[05/06/2013] The complaint was registered on 8 July 2011.

It concerns the effects of massive environmental pollution on the health of persons living near the Asopos River and the industrial area of Inofyta, located 50 km north of Athens.

In its decision, the European Committee of Social Rights held that the Greek authorities has failed to take appropriate measures to remove as far as possible the causes of ill-health and to prevent as far as possible diseases, inter alia, taking into account of the deficiencies in the implementation of existing regulations and programmes regarding the pollution of Asopos River and its negative effects on health; the lack of co-ordination on the subject between competent bodies at national, regional and local level, and failed to take appropriate measures to provide advisory and educational facilities for the promotion of health in the present case.

The Committee concluded unanimously that these deficiencies constitute a violation of Article 11 1, 2 and 3 (Right to protection of health) of the Charter.

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