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EU Commission behaving disgracefully over hormone-disturbing chemicals – Childers

(Photograph: Nessa Childers MEP with journalist Stephane Horel and MEP Charles Goerens, during a debate on industry lobbying – broadcast by the French international news channel France 24 Oct 2015

Press Release

Thursday 9 Jun 2016

Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, blasted the European Commission for its protracted failure to set scientifically-based criteria to recognise hormone-disturbing properties in chemicals.

Speaking from Strasbourg today after the EU Parliament passed a resolution condemning the Commission over the matter, Ms. Childers said:

“I and my colleagues in the Environment and Public Health Committee are blue in the face from calling the Commission out on this matter.

“The European Court of Justice found the European Commission to be in breach of legislation approved between Parliament and the Member States almost a decade ago, seeing as the EC failed to act by the end of 2013.

“We are talking about substances with endocrine disrupting properties which the World Health Organisation consider a global threat.

“Instead of duly implementing EU law to keep these substances at harms length from consumers, the Commission put the file on the long finger.
The former Secretary-General, Catherine Day, put the brakes on the Commission’s own work based on independent expert input, and this inaction has perfectly suited the chemical lobbies’ agenda.

“Her choice to listen to the pesticides industry has since led to years of temporising and obfuscation over a roadmap and a needless impact assessment with inadequate parameters.

“These substances are hazardous to human health at extremely low levels, and are thus unsafe at any measurable threshold.

“The Commission is now promising us a proper proposal for criteria before the summer. They better be worth the years’ long wait and the contempt of court.”

ENDS