Indemnifying all affected parties is the main task of the reparation process. It was necessary to elaborate guidelines and policies with the objective of repairing those who were entitled to financial compensation, taking into account the diversity of damages, the high informality and individuality of each process. Fair compensation implies knowing the extent of damage and impact for each and every individual. There are more than 600 professionals distributed over 14 offices throughout the impacted territory that are working on this cause.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
PIM is the Mediated Indemnity Program of the Renova Foundation and is aimed at compensating those affected, in a simple and timely manner, without the procedures or costs of a lawsuit. Participation is voluntary and free of charge. An affected person can join the program on their own or, if they prefer, they can be accompanied by a lawyer or assisted by a public defender.
PIM is available for individuals and micro and small businesses that suffered damage, material or non-material, or loss of economic activities due to the Fundao dam collapse that occurred in November 2015.
INDEMNIFICATION RELATED TO WATER SUPPLY INTERRUPTION AND DISTRIBUTION
Directed towards people that were living in the towns/districts where the drinking water supply was suspended for more than 24 hours non-stop in November 2015. This happened due to the passage of tailings along the Doce river, making it impossible to treat the water that was withdrawn in this river. Enrollment in the program has been closed.
INDEMNIFICATION FOR GENERAL DAMAGE
For people who have lost their income or material goods such as vehicles, residential and commercial properties, farms, among others. To be indemnified it’s mandatory to complete the integrated registration process first, which is now taking place in the affected regions, and prove the damage suffered.
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The Renova Foundation is committed to providing the entire population with important information and documents about the Mediated Indemnity Program (PIM), in a clear, pedagogical and accessible way.
The Mediated Indemnity Program has offices called Mediated Indemnity Centers to serve the affected communities. You can find the addresses of the offices in operation on the map below. In some impacted municipalities, the service takes place through the mobile PIM.
The offices will only attend people according to their scheduled appointment, with a specific date, time and location.
Rua Bárbara Heliodora, 399, Room 2 - Downtown. Opening hours - Monday through Friday: 1pm to 5pm. Opening hours - Saturday: 9am to 6pm.
Rua Peçanha, 277, Downtown. Opening hours - Monday through Friday: 1pm to 5pm. Opening hours - Saturday: 9am to 6pm.
Rua Israel Pinheiro, 2891, 3rd floor (Hotel Ibituruna) - Downtown. Opening hours - Monday through Friday: 1pm to 5pm. Opening hours - Saturday: 9am to 6pm.
Itinerant Office 1: Rua Berilo, 1896 - São Raimundo. Opening hours - Monday through Friday: 10am to 7pm. Opening hours - Saturday: 9am to 6pm.
Itinerant Office 2: Rua Montevidéu, 501 - Jardim Pérola. Opening hours - Monday through Friday: 10am to 7pm. Opening hours - Saturday: 9am to 6pm.
Itinerant Office 3: Avenida Wenceslau Braz, 954 - Santa Rita. Opening hours - Monday through Friday: 10am to 7pm. Opening hours - Saturday: 9am to 6pm.
Itinerant Office 4: Rua Juiz Fungencio Pimenta, 344 - Grã-Duquesa. Opening hours - Monday through Friday: 10am to 7pm. Opening hours - Saturday: 9am to 6pm.
Rua Adwalter Ribeiro Soares, 227, Ramazini Building - Downtown. Opening hours - Monday through Friday: 1pm to 5pm. Opening hours - Saturday: 1pm to 5pm.
Avenida Sílvio Avidos, 1998, São Silvano. Opening hours - Monday through Friday: 1pm to 5pm. Opening hours - Saturday: 1pm to 5pm.
Itinerant Office 1: Avenida das Nações, 762, IBC. Opening hours - Monday through Friday: 10am to 7pm. Opening hours - Saturday: 1pm to 5pm.
Avenida Augusto Calmon, 1356, Downtown
Rua Raimundo Alves Xavier, 327, Downtown
STEP BY STEP
To participate in the indemnity process for general damage, the person should have mandatorily passed the integrated registration process, which took place in the impacted regions. If, after registration, the person is identified as directly impacted, the PIM team will contact the person so that they can come to one of the Mediated Indemnity Centers on a scheduled day and time. The processes shall be assessed case by case and defined by means of mediated sessions.
In the indemnification meetings for general damage participate the impacted person, a representative of the Renova Foundation and an impartial and independent mediator. The mediation can be attended by a lawyer or someone else the affected person puts his or her trust in. Public defenders will also be available for supporting those interested in legal assistance. The whole process will take place in a restricted and confidential manner.
How does the proposal work?
From the moment the appointment is scheduled at least three meetings will take place:
Preparatory meeting: presentation of the documents that demonstrate the damage and completion of the form.
Proposal meeting: presentation of the proposal, in case the requestor is considered eligible.
Acceptance Meeting: formalization of the agreement, in case the proposal is accepted.
The minimum interval between the proposal meeting and the acceptance meeting for signing the agreement is 15 days after receipt of the proposal. It’s important that the people have this interval so they can evaluate and reflect about the proposal, before signing the agreement.
The indemnity payment takes place through a deposit or pre-paid card and within 90 days after signing the terms of the agreement, the cancellation of lawsuits (if any) and legal approvals (if necessary).
Calculation of Indemnity for General Damage
The criteria and amounts of the indemnity for general damage have been discussed previously with the representatives of public authorities and technical entities.
The evaluation of amounts follows the benchmarks of technical entities, like Incaper-ES (Capixaba Institute for Research, Technical Assistance and Rural Extension), Emater-MG (Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company of the State of Minas Gerais), Sinduscon-MG (Civil Construction Industry Union of the State of Minas Gerais) and Ibape-MG (Brazilian Institute for Assessments and Engineering Inspections of Minas Gerais), ensuring proper compensation.
To compensate for a vehicle, for example, an amount as described in the FIPE (Institute for Economic Research Foundation) table, most used benchmark in the car market, will be used.
Enrollment in the program has been closed.
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Responsible for requesting and analyzing all required information in order to determine the legitimacy of the parties interested in applying for the Mediated Indemnity Program (PIM) and to calculate and propose the indemnity amount in lines with the referential frameworks of the Program. The foundation is also responsible for all the costs of the Program, including the physical installations and the hiring and managing of workforce (Mediation Coordinator and members of the Support Division).
Responsible for the operations management of the Mediated Indemnity Program (PIM), receiving reports and information updates periodically. The Committee is responsible for the validation of the eligibility criteria for participating in PIM, but shall never determine or influence the individual inclusion or exclusion of those interested in the program.
Independent specialist, legally qualified and with experience in the management of similar processes, responsible for implementing and guaranteeing the impartiality and neutrality of the Program, coordinating and supervising the activities. When necessary, he also personally conducts the mediation of more complex negotiations.
Is led by the Mediation Coordinator and is formed by the executive secretary, neutral preliminary and mediating assessors, all exempted and independent, who were not directly or indirectly impacted by the collapse. The applicants are individually assisted by members of the Support Division and receive all the information regarding what they should do in order to enroll into the Program.
- Executive Secretary: visits all the units of the Program in order to present information to the local public and respond to questions about the PIM, as well as being responsible for check and compliance of Internal Regulations. The Executive Secretary might also communicate to the Mediation Coordinator about cases of omission, unclear situations and assisting with more complex cases.
- Neutral Assessors: help the applicants with completing all the forms and organizing the documents that should be presented.
- Mediators: after the applicant has enrolled in the Program, the mediator has the role to participate in the meetings held with the Foundation to enable the negotiations between the parties, helping out to accomplish satisfactory solutions to their best interest. The assistance will consist of promoting the exchange of information between the parties, contributing to the mutual understanding of the perspective of each and to promote a productive dialogue.
PIM Advisory Board
Is formed by four members, who cannot have previous direct ties with The Renova Foundation, and who must act in a neutral manner in the Program. Its function is to clarify any of the Mediation Coordinators doubts about determined legal circumstances and considered alternatives for the indemnity calculation. It also formulates opinions not tied to the consultations formulated by the Mediation Coordinator, without creating obligations towards the impacted parties or the Foundation. The impacted parties can not consult the Advisory Board directly, only via the Support Division.
Check out the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Indemnification Program Mediated.
No. Enrolling in the Program is on a voluntary base.
PIM is available for individuals and micro and small businesses that suffered material or non-material damage or loss of economical activities, as a direct and immediate consequence of the Fundão dam collapse.
No. There are no costs or fees for those interested in participating in the Program.
Yes. Those interested may refrain from participating in the program at any time, free of charge. If after refraining the interested part wishes to return to the program, he/she can only enter again by scheduling a new appointment, returning to the beginning of the process.
Yes, but if the indemnification offer is accepted, the impacted party should terminate the action through renunciation and may not file new lawsuits during the period of participation in the program, which are aimed at possible indemnifications claims arising from the accident. If no agreement is reached, the impacted party may initiate or continue the suspended lawsuit.
No. The impacted party may show up alone at the mediation session or, if preferred, accompanied by a lawyer or assisted by a public defender.
Participating in the program is voluntary. If participating, it is required to provide information and present certain personal documents and hand in copies in order to calculate the indemnity and the final agreement.
Those impacted who at the end of the meetings do not accept the terms of the agreement presented by the Mediated Indemnity Program, can plea for indemnity through their own legal actions.
All types of damage, criteria and indemnity amounts of the entire Program have been previously discussed and presented to public authorities, leading technical entities (Embrapa, Incaper, Emater, Sinduscon, among others) and validated in dialogue with the impacted communities.
Those who opted for participating in the program have the guarantee that their case, their documents, their forms, among other documents created throughout the program, will be treated with absolute restriction and confidentiality.
No information will be supplied to third parties that were not specifically authorized by the impacted party, except in the rule of law or legal order, to government authorities and to insurers of the Renova Foundation, of Samarco or its shareholders.
The impacted parties are not allowed to use any document or work produced in the context of the program in any legal actions of any kind, whether they join the program, withdraw or cancel.
Information that’s not available at the site of the Program can be found at the Mediated Indemnity Centers. Note that, for security reasons of the impacted parties, information about indemnity amounts will be restricted and will only be passed on to the impacted parties after enrolling in the Program.
No. The amounts of emergency support will continue to be paid as long as the impacted party is not able to continue his/her livelihood activities.
The amounts already received by the impacted parties through the emergency aid card will be considered only for the final calculation of the indemnity proposal in relation to income. For further damage the value of the aid shall not be considered.
A new meeting can be scheduled. In the case of opting for a representative, it must be a legal one.