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WECF - EU Environment Council urged to target chemicals policy and non-toxic environment

EU Environment Ministers met yesterday (17 October) in Brussels for a last meeting during the Italian presidency of the European Council.

Besides key agenda topics such as climate change, 10 countries supported an initiative to address chemicals policy, with the ultimate goal of reaching a non-toxic environment by 2018.

This initiative is very welcome and necessary at a time when priorities set by the Juncker Commission do not cover chemicals and reduction of exposure to chemicals of concern.

Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) which is not only a HEAL member but also a a campaign partner of the EDC-Free coalition, welcomes the meeting’s outcome as a good signal for 2015.

Nine EU member states and Norway join forces to push for a non-toxic environment

With Croatia, Luxembourg and Norway supporting the initiative of France, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, it seems that more and more European countries care about the impacts of chemicals exposure on human health and ecosystems. Impacts of climate change and global burden of diseases associated with exposures to toxic compounds in the environment and consumer products are good reasons for them to care.

EDCs: define to adequately regulate

French Minister of Environment, Ségolene Royal, had announced during the Environmental Conference 2014 in Paris last November, its intention to intensify efforts to achieve a workable definition of EDCs at EU scale, making it possible to implement restrictions of them in all relevant EU regulations. Several countries, like the Nordic Council, have added to the information available on the urgency address the global impacts of EDCs, whether health, environmental, social or economic.

Nanomaterials: register to reach transparency and knowledge

Last but not least, Member States recommend that the development of Union-wide database of nanomaterials be considered: such a database could be inspired from mandatory declaration a posteriori which exists in France, where nanomaterials’s use in many products have been a concern to citizens, stakeholders and NGOs for years.

Originally posted on 18 December 2014

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