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2008-04-16
EPP-ED Hearing "Chernobyl Today" - Programme

EPP-ED HEARING

CHERNOBYL TODAY

European Parliament

April 17, 2008

9:30 – 12:30

Brussels

ASP 3 E 2

PROGRAMME

09.30 Opening of the Hearing

Welcoming address by Alejo Vidal-Quadras, MEP (EPP-ED, Spain), Vice President of the European Parliament

Opening remarks by Jacek Protasiewicz, MEP (EPP-ED, Poland)
Chairman of the EP delegation for relations with Belarus

Screening of the film Chernobyl Forever by Vitalij Karakorskij (Inforum, Lithuania) and Eduard Melnikau (Belsat, Belarus)

10:15-11:30 Session 1. Legacy of Chernobyl Catastrophe

Moderators: Dr. Laima Andrikiene, MEP (EPP-ED, Lithuania) &
                      Josef Pinior, Vice Chairman, Subcommittee on Human Rights (PSE, Poland)

                       Prof. Yury Bandazheusky, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
                       Ecological and demographic situation in Belarus and neighbouring countries - EU Member States. International Scientific Research Centre "Ecology and Health"

                       Prof. Ivan Nikitchenko, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
                       Assessment of radiation factor on the inhabitants of Belarus

                       Dr. Halina Bandazheuskaya, Associate Professor, Researcher, Belarus 
                       Chernobyl: Health of the liquidators and local population living in the contaminated areas

                       Aliaksandr Volchanin, Union Chernobyl of Belarus
                       Liquidators of Chernobyl disaster: problems, violations of rights including right to health service

                      Garry Pogoniailo, lawyer and human rights defender, Belarus
                      Situation of the victims of Chernobyl in Belarus: possibilities of legal assistance

11:10-11:30 Discussion

11:30-12:30 Session 2. How we could contribute to the solution of the problems related to the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster on Belarus and the EU?

Moderators: Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, MEP (EPP-ED, Lithuania) & Marianne Isler Beguin, MEP (Verts/Ale, France)

                       Vincuk Viacorka, First Deputy Chairman, Belarusian Popular Front, Co-Chairman of the United Democratic Forces of Belarus
                       Possible solutions of the problems related to Chernobyl disaster and its consequences from the perspective of democratic opposition of Belarus

                       Emanuel Ludot (lawyer, France)
                      Support for the victims of Chernobyl: International syndicate of liquidators of Chernobyl

                      Madeleine Majorenko, Deputy Head of Unit RELEX/E/2, Relations with Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, European Commission
                      Transforming the Chernobyl site to an environmentally safe site

11:50-12:10 Discussion

12:10-12:20 Summary by Prof. Yury Bandazheuski, Lithuania

12:20-12:30 Appeal to the European Parliament on the present consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, EU support for the victims and possible solutions (Dr. Eugenijus Gentvilas, MEP, ALDE, Lithuania)

12:30 End of Hearing