Health groups call on the leaders of the Western Balkan countries to harmonize national air quality standards with the World Health Organization Global air quality guidelines. Health experts should be actively involved in these decision-making processes to ensure the timely integration of public health measures into environmental policies. Compliance with WHO recommendations brings multiple benefits – reduced incidence of chronic diseases and premature deaths, reduced overall health costs and, most importantly, better health and higher productivity of people.
The EDC-Free Europe campaign and the Green 10 – a coalition of ten of the largest environmental organisations and networks active on the European level – urge the EU Commission to deliver on its promise to publish its 2018 plans for a non-toxic environment and to go EDC-free.
A European non-toxic environment strategy is urgently needed to dramatically reduce Europeans’ exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Such a strategy is essential for driving innovation and the development of sustainable substitutes including non-chemical solutions, and is a prerequisite for an effective and safe non-toxic circular economy.
The EDC-Free Europe and Green 10 letter is available online.