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.
Brussels, 8 February 2017 – Health and environment groups met in Brussels and other European cities (Madrid, Rome, Berlin and Paris) today to launch a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to ban glyphosate.
Glyphosate – the most widely used weedkiller in Europe – is also known as Roundup, a Monsanto brand-name. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s specialised cancer agency categorized glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is currently working on a safety assessment.
A European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) demands that the European Commission propose legislation on matters for which the EU has competencies. In the coming months, HEAL and other campaigners across Europe will aim to collect at least one million signatures from Europeans and submit the petition before the Commission’s next move to renew, withdraw or extend the EU licence of glyphosate.
We call on the European Commission to propose to Member States a ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use. Protect our health, sign our petition today!
Our joint press release can be read online here.
A presentation by Génon K. Jensen, Executive Director, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) on the health impacts of glyphosate can be found online here.
The official campaign website of the European Citizens’ Initiative to Stop Glyphosate can be found online here.