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EDC-Free Europe coalition urges European Commission to protect people and environment from hormone disruptors

Avoiding Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) is no longer a choice that a person can make. EDCs are found everywhere in our daily lives: from bisphenols used in certain plastic bottles, to phthalates in toys and flame retardants used in sofas.

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In 2017, the European Commission committed to bring out a new strategy on EDCs. Previous attempts to update the existing EU Community Strategy on EDCs from 1999 was derailed by intense industry lobby. With this statement, we are calling on EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to bring out a fully-fledged strategy on hormone disruptors before the summer of 2018.

In this new campaign statement, we as the EDC-Free Europe campaign show why we are concerned and list our eight demands for an European EDC strategy, that protects people and the environment from all harm caused by hormone disruptors.

Read our demands for an European strategy on EDCsENES - DE - FR - NL

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EDC-Free Europe campaigners react to European Member States’ vote on revised EDC proposal

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Brussels, 13 December 2017 – Representatives from the European Member States in the EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) today voted in favour of a revised European Commission proposal on identification criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals in pesticides, also known as hormone disruptors or EDCs.

The EDC-Free Europe coalition has repeatedly warned that the proposed criteria were not sufficient to protect human health and the environment. EDC-Free Europe campaign partners, together with SumOfUs, collected signatures from over 467K Europeans urging the European Commission to adapt its proposal and to stand up for health.

EDC-Free Europe campaign partners across Europe reacted to the European Member States’ vote on the EDC criteria: 

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Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) – EU Member States adopt revised EDC proposal – A step in the right direction, but not enough

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN-Europe) – An unsettling compromise: Member States support Commission’s unfit proposal on hormone disruptors

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Generations Futures – Les États membres adoptent la nouvelle version de critères scientifiques pour déterminer les pesticides perturbateurs endocriniens.

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PAN Germany, BUND, WECF, HEJSupport, Umweltinstitut München e.V., SumOfUs, and CBG - Kein Schutz vor Umwelthormonen: Nach der Entscheidung ist vor der Entscheidung

EDC-Free Europe campaigners welcome European Parliament veto to flawed and unlawful criteria

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Brussels, 5 October 2017 – The European Parliament showed a red card to the European Commission for proposing flawed identification criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

In a historic moment, a majority of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) voted against the Commission’s proposal, by supporting a motion for objection that was adopted by the European Parliament’s environment committee earlier last week [1].

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Just prior to the vote, signatures from over 315.000 Europeans urging MEPs to reject the Commission’s proposal and to stand up for health were handed over in a massive online action by EDC-Free Europe campaign partners and SumofUs.

MEPs found that the Commission exceeded its given mandate that tasked it to propose science-based criteria, by introducing a problematic exemption for certain endocrine disrupting pesticides that was not based on science and by doing so outside of the ordinary legislative procedure.

The EDC-Free Europe coalition repeatedly warned that the proposed criteria were not sufficient to protect human health and the environment, not grounded in science, and unlawful. We now call on the European Commission to come up with a new proposal that lives up to citizens’ expectations.

EDC-Free Europe campaign partners across Europe welcomed the European Parliament’s vote on the EDC criteria: 

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Center for International Law (CIEL)Historic vote: the EU Parliament rejects Commission’s criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals, stands up for EU health 

ChemSec - Analysis: The parliament’s rejection of the EDC criteria proposal is a victory for democracy 

ClientEarthEU Parliament rejects dangerous and unlawful definition of hormone-harming chemicals 

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)HCWH Europe welcomes the European Parliament rejection of flawed EDC criteria 

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)European Parliament demands ambitious proposal to reduce citizens’ exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals 

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN-Europe)Commission’s endocrine criteria proposal beyond legal mandate, EU Parliament decided

SumOfUs - Update blog: “We won!”

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Gezinsbond, Inter-Environnement Wallonie, Kom op tegen Kanker, and Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) – Russische roulette met hormonen. (Original printed publication in the Standaard available upon request)

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Generations FuturesVictoire: Le parlement européen rejette la mauvaise proposition de la Commission européenne sur les perturbateurs endocriniens 

Reseau Environnement SantePerturbateurs Endocriniens: le Parlement Européen bloque le projet de la Commission Européenne

SumOfUs - Update blog: “VICTOIRE !! “

WECF FrancePerturbateurs endocriniens: le PArlement européen vote contre la proposition de la Commission! 

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BUNDErfolg! EU-Parlament will besseren Schutz vor Hormongiften 

SumOfUs, PAN Germany, Hej! Support, BUND, WECF Germany, Umweltinstitut München, and CBGEin Erfolg für den Umwelt- und Verbraucherschutz: Halbgarer Kommissionsentwurf zur Identifizierung hormonschädlicher Chemikalien scheitert im EU-Parlament 

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Ecologistas en AcciónEl Parlamento Europeo rechaza la propuesta de la Comisión Europea para definir los disruptores endocrinos

Fundacion AlboradaMás de un tercio de las fruta consumida en la UE presenta restos de pesticidas disruptores endocrinos 

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Alliance for Cancer PreventionEuropean Parliament rejects unworkable and unlawful chemical regulation for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) 

DES DaughterEU Parliament MEPs reject endocrine disrupters proposal 

 

Additional notes: 

[1] MEPs adopted the proposed objection to the proposed criteria by 389 votes vs 235. The full resolution can be found here.

[2] http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-1906_en.htm

Díselo a un Miembro del Parlamento Europeo: ¡Bloquea la desastrosa propuesta sobre disruptores endocrinos de la Comisión Europea!

Nos quedan sólo unos días para presionar al Parlamento Europeo para que bloquee la peligrosa propuesta sobre disruptores endocrinos (EDCs) que amenaza gravemente la salud pública.

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Este es un momento decisivo en nuestra lucha contra las industrias tóxicas como Bayer y Monsanto y su obstinación en vender productos que nos contaminan a diario.

Tenemos que hacer todo lo que esté a nuestro alcance para detener esta propuesta convenciendo a la mayoría de los miembros del Parlamento Europeo para que voten en contra.

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¿Sabes que puedes llamar directamente a los eurodiputados para pedirles que se opongan a esta propuesta? Es rápido, fácil y extremadamente poderoso. Además, ¡es gratis!

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El mejor momento del día para llamar es entre 9 AM-12.30PM y entre 1.30PM-5.30PM (tiempo CET).

Elije el país del miembro del Parlamento Europeo que quieres llamar, introduce tu número de teléfono y le llamaremos para conectarte directamente con un miembro del Parlamento Europeo.

Simplemente ingresa tu país de origen y número de teléfono – y llamaremos poco después.

Aquí tiene un ejemplo de conversación:

  • USTED: Hola, soy [Su Nombre], soy un/una ciudadano/a europeo que llama desde [su país], y me gustaría hablar con la Sra / Sr. MEP, por favor.
  • (Es probable que el asistente parlamentario responda que la Sra / el Sr. MEP no está disponible y pregunte cómo puede ayudarle).
  • USTED: He oído que el Parlamento Europeo está a punto de votar sobre un texto muy permisivo sobre los disruptores endocrinos y me gustaría insistir en que la Sra./Sr. vote en contra.
  • Los disruptores endocrinos son:
    • Responsable de cánceres, infertilidad, malformaciones, obesidad, etc.
    • Su coste para la sociedad se estima en al menos 163.000 millones de euros al año en Europa.
    • Tres respetadas sociedades de endocrinología han criticado recientemente en una carta abierta el texto propuesto a la votación.

Les pido que no den luz verde en nuestro nombre a un texto que prioriza los intereses de las industrias a nuestra salud.

¿Podría transmitir el mensaje a la Sra / Sr. MEP?

Muchas gracias por tomarse el tiempo para escuchar mis preocupaciones. ¡Espero que el Sr. / Sra. MEP los tenga en cuenta en su voto final!

Consejos:

  • Sea amable y educado/a – a la persona que coja el teléfono le resultará más difícil ignorarle si es educado/a.
  • No sienta que tiene que responder a preguntas específicas si no se siente cómodo/a

Para saber más sobre contaminantes hormonales, por favor visita nuestra blog

Tratamiento: SumOfUs protegerá su privacidad y le mantendrá informado/a. Aviso: SumOfUs también podrá llamarle o enviarle un SMS sobre sus campañas.

Sign our petition to tell Members of European Parliament to ban EDCs!

Sign our petition to tell Members of the European Parliament to put public health first and to ban EDCs! 

The European Union is about to give the green light to new plans to regulate endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). However, EDC-Free campaigners think the proposal put forward by the European Commission is a weak one and will not protect our health or the environment.

EDCs are very likely contributing to cancers, fertility problems, obesity, and many more serious health disorders. Three highly respected international scientific societies of endocrinology have already raised the alarm bell about the shortcomings of the proposal in its current state.

But not all hope is yet lost! You can help by sending a strong message to our politicians, and urge them to say NO to hormone disrupting chemicals and to help create a true EDC-Free future! 

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Do you want to discuss EDCs directly with your EU representative? Now’s your chance to tap into the debate and call your MEP for free! (Available in English and French)

This petition is a joint initiative of SumOfUs and the EDC-Free Europe coalition.

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EDC-Free campaigners criticize vote on first ever EDC criteria

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Brussels, 10 July 2017 – Last week, representatives of European member states from the EU pesticides committee adopted the criteria that are supposed to be used to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (or EDCs) in the future.

Following this vote, many EDC-Free campaigners have expressed disappointment. The EDC-Free coalition regrets the insufficiency of the criteria adopted, which will not guarantee the level of protection for human health and the environment that is urgently needed and that scientists and citizens are calling for from across the EU.

Ahead of the vote, three highly respected international scientific societies of endocrinology raised the alarm bell about the shortcomings of the proposed criteria, urging member states not to approve them in their current state. Meanwhile, over 465,000 people all across Europe signed a petition calling on member states to reject the EU Commission’s proposal.

Strong EDC criteria would allow Europe to lead the world by example and to initiate urgently needed measures to reduce our unnecessary exposure to toxic substances. The criteria voted today contain a flawed loophole and require such a high level of proof that they will not protect people or wildlife. We call on the European Parliament to reject these criteria” says Genon K. Jensen, EDC-Free Europe spokesperson. Read the full reaction here.

EDC-Free Europe campaign partners across Europe criticize the vote on the first ever EDC criteria: 

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Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) - Press release: ‘EU States approve criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals, delivering gift to pesticide industry at the expense of human health’; and blog: ‘What’s next for the EU criteria to identify endocrine disruptors: A legal map of the adoption process’
ChemSec  - Analysis: What will this week’s EDC criteria vote mean in practice?
CHEM Trust - Identifying EDCs: EU Government experts adopt flawed criteria
ClientEarth – Illegal and dangerous endocrine disruptor criteria approved
Health Care Without Harm (HCHW) - blog ‘I can’t believe the news today’ and press release ‘NGOs call on European Parliament to reject flawed criteria for the sake of human health and environment protection’
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) - Euractiv column ‘Addressing endocrine disrupting chemicals requires an integrated strategy‘ and press release NGOs acknowledge vote on first ever EDC criteria – Call on European Parliament to reject flawed criteria for sake of health
Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN-Europe)EU Member States finally agree on criteria to identify Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), but this is hardly a success…
WECF International - NGOs acknowledge vote on first ever EDC criteria – call on European Parliament to reject flawed criteria for the sake of human health and environment protection

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Gezinsbond - Europa legt hormoonverstoorders weinig in de weg, 4 July (pdf available upon request)
IEW, Gezinsbond, Test-Achats - Critères d’identification des perturbateurs endocriniens – une décision décevante dans un dossier majeur pour la santé et l’environnement

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France Nature Environnement - Perturbateurs endocriniens : à Bruxelles, un vote pas la hauteur du risque pour la sante des citoyens
Generations Futures - Perturbateurs endocriniens : la France permet l’adoption de critères insuffisants pour protéger la santé humaine et l’environnement !
Reseau Environnement Sante - Perturbateurs Endocriniens : la Commission Européenne continue de mener une bataille d’arrière-garde contre l’évidence scientifique.
WECF France - Perturbateurs endocriniens : des critères enfin adoptés, mais décevants

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Hej! Support – EU pesticides committee votes for flawed EDC criteria
WECF Deutschland, PAN Germany, HEJ! Support, BUND, Umweltinstitut Munchen, SumOfUs, CBG - Kein ausreichender Schutz vor Hormongiften: Mitgliedstaaten stimmen für Kriterien-Vorschlag der EU-Kommission zur Identifizierung von hormonschädigenden Chemikalien 

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WECF NetherlandsNGO’s en endocrinologen luiden alarmbel over Europese EDC-criteria

 

 

 

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Ecologistas en Accion -Europa aprueba unos criterios de disruptores endocrinos defectuosos  

 

 

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Alliance for Cancer PreventionFlawed and ineffectual Endocrine disrupting chemical criteria agreed by European Commission.
Breast Cancer UKHuman health endangered by flawed EDC criteria
DES DaughterCoalition of more than 70 NGOs call on EU Parliament to reject EDC criteria  

NGOs acknowledge vote on first ever EDC criteria – call on European Parliament to reject flawed criteria for the sake of human health and environment protection

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EDC-Free Europe coalition

PRESS RELEASE

Brussels, 4 July 2017 Today, representatives of European member states from the EU pesticides committee adopted the criteria that are supposed to be used to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (or EDCs) in the future.

The EDC-Free coalition regrets the insufficiency of the criteria adopted today, which will not guarantee the level of protection for human health and the environment that is urgently needed (1) and that scientists and citizens are calling for from across the EU. Ahead of the vote, three highly respected international scientific societies of endocrinology raised the alarm bell about the shortcomings of the proposed criteria, urging member states not to approve them in their current state. (2) Meanwhile, over 458,000 people all across Europe signed a petition calling on member states to reject the EU Commission’s proposal. (3)

The main concerns of the EDC-Free coalition are as follows:

-       The criteria require a very high burden of proof, which makes the identification of substances as EDCs very difficult and is likely to result in long delays.

-       The proposed exemption from identification for certain pesticides and biocides that are designed to be endocrine disrupting would strongly undermine the objective of the EU pesticides and biocides law to phase out the use of EDCs.

-       The criteria contradict the EU commitment to horizontal EDC criteria and minimisation of EDC exposures as decided in the 7th Environmental Action Programme. (4)

“Strong EDC criteria would allow Europe to lead the world by example and to initiate urgently needed measures to reduce our unnecessary exposure to toxic substances. The criteria voted today contain a flawed loophole and require such a high level of proof that they will not protect people or wildlife. We call on the European Parliament to reject these criteria” says Genon K. Jensen, EDC-Free Europe spokesperson.

While Sweden and Denmark defended an ambitious approach to protect human health and the environment until the final vote, the EDC-Free Europe coalition regrets the last-minute change of position of France, which is in total contradiction to the electoral promises of Emmanuel Macron and promises made in the run up to the vote. The overall lack of vision of EU member states will result in significant costs for public health and society. A conservative estimate found that the current burden on public health budgets from the diseases arising from exposure to EDCs in the European Union is estimated is at least 163 billion Euro per year. (5)

Notes to the editor

1. http://www.edc-free-europe.org/european-commission-is-unable-to-turn-the-page-on-endocrine-disruptors-edcs/

2. See http://bit.ly/2t914p5. This adds to concerns expressed earlier not only by endocrine societies, but also by health mutual groups. See for instance: https://www.endocrine.org/news-room/current-press-releases/european-commissions-revised-proposal-limits-ability-to-protect-public-from-edcs ; http://aim-mutual.org/press-release/aim-publishes-declaration-on-edcs/

3. https://actions.sumofus.org/a/eu-endocrine-disruptors

4. http://www.documents.clientearth.org/wp-content/uploads/library/2017-02-14-the-criteria-to-identify-endocrine-disruptors-implications-beyond-pesticides-and-biocide-disrupted-criteria-coll-en.pdf

5. Burden of Disease and Costs of Exposure to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in the European Union: an updated analysis, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27003928

Contacts:
Genon Jensen, EDC-Free Spokesperson and Director Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), email: genon@env-health.org, telephone: 02 234 36 41

EDC-Free Europe is a coalition of more than 70 environmental, health, women’s and consumer groups across Europe who share a concern about endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and their impact on our health and wildlife. 

 

Open letter to Nicolas Hulot, French Minister responsible for the environment

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Dear Minister,

We are writing to you on behalf of the EDC Free Europe coalition [1], which represents 70 civil society groups – trade unions, consumers, health professionals, cancer organisations, environmental groups and women’s groups – and promotes ambitious policy measures in order to reduce human and environmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals.

We are surprised and concerned to learn – through an article published in Le Monde [2] – that France could in the coming days vote in favour of the European Commission proposal for the elaboration of identification criteria for endocrine disruptors in the context of the EU regulation on pesticides. We call on you to reject this proposal in order to honour the electoral promises of Emmanuel Macron [3] and the ambitious approach that France has adopted so far in support of criteria that can be used in a practical and pragmatic way. We hereby acknowledge the remarkable work done by the French delegation at the European Chemicals Agency, which resulted in the long overdue recognition of Bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern for its endocrine disrupting properties for human health last week [4]. The difficulties to reach a consensus on the identification of this substance despite the significant level of scientific studies available about its negative effects is yet another illustration of the urgency to act towards swifter identification of endocrine disruptors.

The proposal for the EU criteria currently on the table is insufficient, impracticable and most importantly not based on science [5]. Should it be adopted, it would require too high a burden of proof to be able to identify substances, while allowing an extremely worrying exemption for numerous pesticides that have an effect on the endocrine system. It would neither allow reducing citizens’ exposure, nor avoiding the resulting adverse health effects and their costs (which are estimated to amount to 163 billion euros a year [6]) – which would be in total contradiction to the commitments made at the European level through the 7th Environmental Action Plan in 2013 [7].

At a time when the European project is seriously being challenged, the elaboration of ambitious criteria represents a unique opportunity to demonstrate its added value and could create a worldwide precedent in order to really protect our health and that of future generations. 90% of French citizens are in favour of your government continuing and strengthening policies to fight against endocrine disruptors at the national and European levels [8]. This is why, in view of the meeting of the European pesticides committee scheduled for 4 July, we ask you to maintain the firm position that France has adopted so far and to reject the proposal currently on the table. It is still time to make a difference and France’s role on this issue is fundamental.

Yours sincerely,

Genon K. Jensen, Executive Director, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

François Veillerette, President, PAN Europe

On behalf of the EDC-Free coalition

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Contact : François Veillerette, Director of Générations Futures and President of PAN Europe, francois@generations-futures.fr ; (+33)(0)6 81 64 65 58

This letter is also available in French

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[1] http://www.edc-free-europe.org/about-us/
[2] Le Monde, Stéphane Foucart, Stéphane Horel, “Perturbateurs endocriniens: les scientifiques alertent sur le laxisme de Bruxelles”, 17 June 2017, http://mobile.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2017/06/17/perturbateurs-endocriniens-les-scientifiques-alertent-sur-le-laxisme-de-bruxelles_5146113_3244.html
[3] En Marche, presidential programme of Emmanuel Macron : « Nous fixons le cap de protéger les Français de leur exposition aux perturbateurs endocriniens, autres que les pesticides, nous interviendrons avec fermeté au niveau européen pour revoir totalement les méthodes d’évaluation des produits» ; https://en-marche.fr/emmanuel-macron/le-programme/environnement-et-transition-ecologique
[4] https://www.anses.fr/fr/content/le-bisph%C3%A9nol-reconnu-pour-ses-propri%C3%A9t%C3%A9s-de-perturbation-endocrinienne-par-l%E2%80%99echa-sur ; http://env-health.org/resources/press-releases/article/eu-finally-recognises-bisphenol-a
[5] The Endocrine Society, The European Society of Endocrinology, The European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, Lettre aux ministres européens de l’environnement, 15 juin 2017, http://bit.ly/2t914p5
[6] Léo Trasande and others, “Burden of Disease and Costs of Exposure to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in the European Union: an updated analysis”, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27003928
[7] Decision No 1386/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 on a General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020 ‘Living well, within the limits of our planet”
[8] Opinion survey performed by IFOP, on behalf of Générations Futures, published on 21 June 2017. Available at www.generations-futures.fr