On June 15th 2016, after 2,5 years of delay, the EU Commission proposed a set of ‘scandalous’ criteria to identify endocrine disrupting pesticides and biocides that in effect will fail to ban any such chemicals, leaving Europeans unprotected. Pesticides that are endocrine disruptors (EDs or EDCs for Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals) are currently being sprayed on European fields and public green areas and may be the cause of a wide range of endocrine-related diseases that have been observed in farmers, their children, residents, bystanders and consumers. They also contribute to the environmental and ecosystem degradation we witness today. The EDC criteria have to be "horizontal" as they will be applied in other EU chemical legislations (REACH, medical devices, water framework directive etc). Therefore, a 'wrong' set of criteria will result in poor regulation of such chemicals beyond pesticides. The criteria proposal and the support it receives by certain Member States reveals that the EU Juncker regime is actually dismantling the democratically agreed rules set to protect people against endocrine-related health effects (e.g. breast and prostrate cancer; metabolic diseases as obesity and diabetes; reproductive disorders and infertility) and child health (e.g. mental disorders), in order to reduce costs for industry, increase their profit and please the US, Canada, Australia and others in the trade negotiations (e.g. TTIP/TTP, CETA, Codex etc).
Only if a qualified majority of EU Member States votes in favor of the proposal, this will be approved and the criteria will be implemented. Europe now needs its “heroes” to stand up; we need as many EU Member States to refuse Commissioner’s Juncker current proposal for the EDC criteria. PAN Europe together with its members and allies have started a tour in Europe to make people aware of the disastrous proposal of Commissioner Juncker and stimulate national politicians to stand up for people's health. In Tallinn, The Hague, Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona, Hambourg, Athens and other EU capitals and European cities, press conferences and specific events will be organised with top-level endocrinologists, medical doctors, health practitioners and experts to inform the European countries about this scandal. It is now in the hands of each EU Member State to demand protection for our people, our environment and the future generations.
Update: So far, Member States have criticised various elements of the proposal and the Commission keeps modifying the text but hasn't succeed to reach a qualified majority. At the moment, the Commission has prepared a fifth draft, while it has commissioned the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to prepare a guidance document on the criteria.
This website aims to provide a detailed map of EDC proliferation and awareness across Europe. For further information and for access to relevant documents, please see: Factsheets; Legal; Regulatory; Scientific; PAN