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terça-feira, 3 de outubro de 2017

Endocrine disruptors: A guilty definition

Tuesday, 3 October 2017
HEALTH WEEKLY

DISCLAIMER: All opinions in this column reflect the views of the author(s), not of EURACTIV.com PLC.
"Endocrine disruptors lead to increased cancer, genital malformations, early puberty but also decreased fertility."
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 MEPs Guillaume Balas, Edouard Martin, Isabelle Thomas, Christine Revault d’Allonnes Bonnefoy, Eric Andrieu, Sylvie Guillaume, Marc Tarabella, Emmanuel Maurel and Virginie Roziere are signatories to the below opinion piece.

We have just obtained a first victory against endocrine disruptors in the European Parliament despite the opinion of the Council of European ministers which follow lobbies’ line.

Indeed, the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) has just rejected the Commission and Council’s definition of endocrine disruptors. The final vote will take place on Wednesday 4 October in Strasbourg. It is now up to MEPs to act!

First, a criticism on process: we blame the European Commission for having decided on its own, beyond its prerogatives. The European Parliament, the only democratic institution in the EU, was consulted only at the end. 

Concerning the substance of the definition, the European Commission was sentenced by the Court of Justice of the European Communities for her inaction. And now, the Commission’s proposal is really worrying us. What are we talking about?
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