On Feb. 3, 2017, the Dutch government sent a legislative proposal to amend the Dutch Environmental Management Act (Wet milieubeheer) regarding asbestos to the Dutch House of Representatives.1 If this legislative proposal becomes law, new and more far-reaching obligations to remove asbestos will be introduced for the owners of Dutch real estate.

The Required Removal of Asbestos Roofs and Other Far-Reaching Requirements

The legislative proposal provides for a statutory basis for further governmental decrees on the removal of asbestos roofs. Previously, on the March 3, 2015, a draft decree to amend the Asbestos Removal Decree 2005 was sent to the chairmen of the Dutch Senate and of the Dutch House of Representatives. This draft decree anticipates the statutory prohibition of asbestos roofs as of 2024.

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