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.
24 October 2017
Today the European Parliament adopted a resolution objecting to the European Commission proposal for re-authorisation of glyphosate on the European Union market for another 10 years (1).
In reaction to the vote, Natacha Cingotti, Health and Chemicals Policy officer at the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) said:
“We welcome the European Parliament commitment to a full phase-out of glyphosate by 2022 without any extension – a clear no-go to the European Commission’s renewal proposal for at least 10 years. A poll released today shows solid citizens’ support for an outright ban of the world’s most-used herbicide, and rightly so.”
“During tomorrow’s discussions in the pesticides committee, we continue to sound the alarm and ask member states to let citizens’ health be the guiding light, and agree on a full-phase out plan for glyphosate as soon as possible.”