CED EU INFO 2015/02

Issue 2 - May 2015


Endocrine disruptors parliamentary debate

During the 9 March European Parliament Plenary sitting, a heated debate took place about endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). An oral question to the Commission tabled by a group of 64 MEPs, led by Italian Socialist Nicola Caputo, which quoted an article that appeared in the Guardian newspaper in February claiming that 31 endocrine-disrupting pesticides could have already been banned on health grounds, if the promise to define EDC criteria by the end of 2013 had been met.

The Commission had a legal duty to set out the scientific criteria for how these are to be defined - a first step in regulating their use - by December 2013, but decided instead to carry out an impact assessment into what the economic effects of this might be. MEPs called on the Commission to explain why this was necessary.

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis, told MEPS that investigating EDCs is a "priority file" for him. He explained that there are still "divergent views" on the chemicals amongst both scientists and regulators and that the Commission is working towards a decision, but this needed to be done "with full knowledge of the facts". "We need to make informed decisions, and make them in full transparency," he added.

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