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EUROPE: EU Council joins EDC court case

Latest News,Newsletters February 13, 2015 10:42 am

The EU Council of Ministers is now supporting a court case against the EU Commission regarding the delay in delivering the criteria for EDCs. The European Parliament is also set to join. The lawsuit was started by Sweden last year.

The Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has voted to do so, and the Parliament legal service has also recommended this step. The final decision by the President of the Parliament is still pending.  Meanwhile, eleven leading MEPs on health and environment have sent a letter to Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on 20th January, urging him to adopt EDC criteria based on hazard.  The MEPS also express their concern about steps the Commission has taken as part of it’s decision to launch an impact assessment to identify EDC criteria, notably that its public consultation focused only on pesticides and biocides, not EDCs across all laws, as mandated in the Seventh Environmental Action Programme and the 2014 Roadmap.

Just recently, the EU Commission’s public consultation on EDCs criteria, which finished on January 16th, gathered over 27 000 responses. Over 25 000 responses were directly submitted from external platforms, with over 20 000 from the EDC Free Europe’s online platform “NO to hormone disrupting chemicals”  This platform explained the issues at stake, and the technical questions of the consultation in a more accessible manner for the general public, and facilitated their responses in seven languages.

More information:

Chemical Watch.EU Council joins EDCs legal action against Commission

The Copenhagen Post. Denmark to sue EU Commission over delays on dangerous chemical legislation. Denmark and Sweden concerned about endocrine disruptors

ENDS Europe. Council, Parliament join EDC court case

MEP letter to Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis.

European Commission. Public Consultation on defining criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the context of the implementation of the plant protection product regulation and the biocidal products regulation.