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 .
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:
Center for International Law (CIEL) – Historic vote: the EU Parliament rejects Commission’s criteria to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals, stands up for EU health
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!”
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)
Reseau Environnement Sante – Perturbateurs Endocriniens: le Parlement Européen bloque le projet de la Commission Européenne
SumOfUs - Update blog: “VICTOIRE !! “
SumOfUs, PAN Germany, Hej! Support, BUND, WECF Germany, Umweltinstitut München, and CBG – Ein Erfolg für den Umwelt- und Verbraucherschutz: Halbgarer Kommissionsentwurf zur Identifizierung hormonschädlicher Chemikalien scheitert im EU-Parlament
Alliance for Cancer Prevention – European Parliament rejects unworkable and unlawful chemical regulation for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
DES Daughter – EU Parliament MEPs reject endocrine disrupters proposal
 MEPs adopted the proposed objection to the proposed criteria by 389 votes vs 235. The full resolution can be found here.