The Chernobyl disaster occurred on 26 April 1986, causing enormous damage to the environment and to human health, particularly because the Soviet leadership of the day criminally sought to conceal the very fact of the accident. The consequences of the disaster are still being felt today, 22 years later, not only in Ukraine and Belarus, but also in other countries of the region that are EU Member States: Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. Experts link the increasing number of oncological and cardiovascular illnesses, infertility problems among young families and other issues with the Chernobyl disaster.
Has the Commission drawn up an action plan to tackle these problems in the European Union? Has a cancer prevention strategy been established assessing the environmental factors and the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster on the environment and on human health? Does the Commission plan to help Ukraine and Belarus in this area?