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Date Title
09/07/2018 Open letter to member state Competent Authorities of the REACH Committee on the classification of Titanium Dioxide
28/06/2018 Letter to French Health and Environment Ministers: Our vision for a non-toxic environment
14/06/2018 Statement from the Coalition for Higher Ambition
07/06/2018 Letter to European Commission on the non-toxic environment strategy
06/06/2018 NGOs express deep concern at significant industry attempts to derail proposed classification of titanium dioxide
05/06/2018 ECHA favouring microplastics industry opinion over scientific evidence of environmental damage
24/05/2018 Open Letter to President Juncker on behalf of 31 business associations, civil society, think tanks and other organisations on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework
03/05/2018 HEAL receives response from upcoming Austrian presidency to call for ambition for health and the environment
24/04/2018 HEAL highlights Western Balkans coal power plants’ lack of compliance with Energy Community rules ahead of Energy Community/European Parliament exchange
24/04/2018 Seven NGOs ask for stricter standards on chemicals in textiles ahead of REACH committee meeting
17/04/2018 HEAL encourages an ambitious Austrian presidency for health and the environment
16/04/2018 HEAL urges French President to act in favour of European transition towards a non-toxic environment
11/04/2018 Open letter to MEPs of PEST committee - Glyphosate: an emblematic failure of the EU pesticides regime
04/04/2018 Letter to commissioner Vella and commissioner Andriukatis on human health and preventive action in BREFs
27/02/2018 Letter to commissioner Hahn on climate and air quality issues in the Balkans
20/02/2018 Letter to health ministers WHO European region outside EU 28 to take decisive action for clean air
14/02/2018 Letter to EU 28 health ministers to take decisive action for clean air in the EU by multiplying health sector engagement
24/01/2018 Letter on decision to challenge air pollution control measures to Bulgarian ministers
11/01/2018 Letter to Dutch Members of European Parliament: reject EC plans for BPA in food contact materials
09/01/2018 HEAL urges MEPs to reject European Commission plans for Bisphenol A in food contact materials
08/12/2017 Lettre au gouvernement français relative à la seconde demande de l’ICE Stop Glyphosate
22/11/2017 HEAL letter on EBRD on its support for thermal and coking coal in its mining policy revision
16/11/2017 Open letter to negotiators in German coalition talks – climate action means protection of health
16/11/2017 HEAL urges MEPs to support measures that promote health in EED vote
06/11/2017 Civil society and businesses demand health considerations to be given in Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)
24/10/2017 HEAL and the European Cancer Leagues urge EU ministers to reject European Commission proposal on glyphosate
18/10/2017 HEAL asks the European Parliament environment committee to support proposed objection to glyphosate proposal
17/10/2017 NGOs express concerns surrounding EU actions on the evaluation of PFOA
28/09/2017 Letter to Dutch Members of European Parliament: EU Criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals will not protect health
26/09/2017 HEAL urges MEPs to reject European Commission’s unlawful and insufficient proposal on endocrine disruptors
11/09/2017 HEAL joins German NGOs to call for swift implementation of pollution control regulation
31/07/2017 Joint NGO letter to Commissioner Vella on air quality adjustment requests
27/06/2017 73 NGOs + World Alliance request workshop to end amalgam for children
22/06/2017 Open letter to Nicolas Hulot, French Minister responsible for the environment
26/05/2017 Exclusion of coal investments through ETS funds and support establishment of Just Transition Fund
17/05/2017 Medical groups call for climate to be in G20 Health Ministers’ declaration
09/05/2017 Health and cancer groups want enquiry on Monsanto’s influence
21/04/2017 Green 10 Letter to EU Commission Vice-President Timmermans: Revised standards for large combustion plants
21/04/2017 HEAL and others seek positive stance on BREF for health
29/03/2017 Joint letter on the Type Approval Framework Regulation
24/03/2017 The Europe we want: Just, Sustainable, Democratic and Inclusive
21/03/2017 16 Health and environment NGOs ask ECHA for a stricter implementation of REACH chemicals legislation
13/03/2017 Open letter on the independence and transparency of ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee
14/02/2017 Call to implement Better Regulation principles in EU action on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
13/02/2017 Open letter to Commission President: Improved EU decision-making in the area of health and consumer protection
08/02/2017 Open letter to Members of REACH Committee on D4D5, phthalates, and nanoforms
10/01/2017 Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals — One more way CETA endangers public health and the environment
15/12/2016 EDC-Free Europe urges Member States to reject Commission’s 3rd revised proposal on EDC criteria
21/11/2016 HEAL supports open letter to European Parliament on EU ETS revision
14/11/2016 EDC-Free Europe letter to EU Ministers on revised EDC criteria
21/10/2016 It is now time to Phase Out Dental Amalgam Use in the European Union
08/09/2016 NGOs express support for restriction of chemical PFOA to REACH Committee
30/08/2016 Leading environmental NGOs urge top EU decision-makers to prioritize people’s health and the environment during Bratislava Informal Summit
07/07/2016 European Commission crosses Parliament’s red lines on TTIP, say over 65 organisations in open letter
01/07/2016 Green10 Letter State of the European Union after Brexit: time for a new direction
20/06/2016 Need for increased engagement with the Western Balkans on their pathway to low-carbon transformation
17/06/2016 EDC-Free Coalition asks Environment Ministers to say NO to hormone disruptors
16/06/2016 CAN Europe and HEAL urge EU Climate Commissioner on climate action in Western Balkans
10/06/2016 31 NGOs ask EU President Juncker to phase out glyphosate
08/06/2016 EDC-Free letter to President Juncker to act now on EDCs
02/06/2016 Open letter to German health minister on health co-benefits of climate action
26/05/2016 Call to European Parliament to phase out dental amalgam
13/05/2016 Non-REACH Chemicals REFIT process fails to comply with Better Regulation guidelines
13/05/2016 NGOs warn European Regulators: Scientists expect increased cases of cancer if glyphosate would be re-authorised
29/04/2016 Letter to European ministers to ensure that the EU’s largest climate instrument is fit for purpose
25/04/2016 Call to exclude the ‘Good Regulatory Practices’ chapter from TTIP
21/04/2016 Statement from the Coalition for Higher Ambition for the Implementation Paris Climate Agreement
19/04/2016 Twelve Public Health and Environment NGOs Share Concerns On BPA and DEHP Ahead Of REACH Committee
12/04/2016 HEAL’s view on the Parliament resolution on glyphosate
11/04/2016 Glyphosate – Your request for publication of confidential industry studies
17/03/2016 Open Letter on Glyphosate to National Representatives on the Standing Committee on Plant Animal Food and Feed (PAFF)
15/03/2016 Open Letter to Member States Ahead of ECHA’s REACH Committee
04/03/2016 Statement from the Coalition for Higher Ambition
02/03/2016 Conflict of Interest at the European Food Safety Authority: Enough is enough!
29/02/2016 Act on EDCs: EDC-Free Europe calls on Environment Ministers
23/02/2016 Joint Call For Clean Air
04/02/2016 Open letter to national cancer organisations on World Cancer Day 2016
26/01/2016 Call on EP to reject real-world driving emissions proposal
08/01/2016 Joint Open letter on ECJ Ruling on EDC Criteria
15/12/2015 Joint letter to EU Commission: The EU and its Member States should rapidly ratify the Minamata Convention on mercury
14/12/2015 Joint letter: Public Health recommendations for strong National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive
11/12/2015 Joint letter: MEPs urged to reject new test on real-world driving emissions
13/11/2015 18 NGOs Co-Sign Letter to MEP regarding Upcoming Medical Device Regulation Negotiations
13/11/2015 30 NGOs call for partial glyphosate ban
09/11/2015 Joint letter: Dieselgate - EU action to protect citizens from air pollution and the manipulative and fraudulent behaviour of carmakers
23/10/2015 Open letter to MEPs - Call for clean air
08/09/2015 Open letter to Commissioner Vella to ban the recycling of materials containing toxic flame retardants
04/09/2015 Civil society organisations ask G20 Finance Ministers to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies
14/07/2015 MEPs put health first in key air vote
10/06/2015 Letter to Commissioner Šefčovič: Health benefits of Serbia’s climate mitigation ambition
05/06/2015 HEAL signs joint NGO letter on glyphosate
13/05/2015 Over 100 NGOs call for full lobby transparency
20/04/2015 Achieving better air quality with the NEC
17/04/2015 Joint open letter: TTIP blocking urgently needed reforms in food safety, farm production, workers’ rights and animal welfare
08/04/2015 Joint letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis: EU response to WHO cancer determination of glyphosate
03/03/2015 Joint letter: For a TTIP resolution that puts people, the environment and democracy before short-term
29/01/2015 NGOs call on EU Commission to end public export credits for coal
13/01/2015 Call to MEPs to continue air quality negotiations
11/12/2014 Green 10 open letter on possible withdrawal of air and waste proposals and absence of sustainability
04/12/2014 Civil Society view regarding pending EU legislation 2014 – response to BusinessEurope
27/11/2014 Joint open letter for the Canadian government to ban triclosan
25/11/2014 Letter to EC Vice President Katainen: Civil society organisations ask Commission to reject authorisation of hazardous DEHP in PVC plastic
20/11/2014 Open letter to EC President Juncker: Protecting public health from hormone disrupting chemicals
18/11/2014 Health groups express dismay at potential withdrawal of EU Clean Air Policy Package
17/11/2014 Joint letter to EU Commission on air package withdrawal
16/10/2014 Green 10 open letter to EC President Juncker
16/10/2014 Green 10 open letter to EP President Schulz
01/10/2014 Open letter to new Polish Prime Minister on air pollution
29/09/2014 Green 10 open letter to Frans Timmermans, designated Vice-President for Better Regulation
16/09/2014 Joint open Letter to President-elect Juncker on the move of pharmaceuticals and medical devices
12/09/2014 Green 10 open letter: New Commission sidelining environment
19/08/2014 Joint letter on the position of Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the EU Commission
22/07/2014 NGO letter on ECHA consumers right to know video
10/07/2014 Joint letter on regulating chemicals in TTIP
14/05/2014 Request for internal review of the Bulgarian Transitional National Plan
11/04/2014 Joint letter from NGOs to Chancellor Merkel on EU 2030 Climate and Energy package
01/04/2014 Request for internal review of the Polish Transitional National Plan
16/12/2013 Joint letter on opposition to include ISDS in Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
13/12/2013 Joint letter on proposed Non Road Mobile Machinery legislation
12/12/2013 Joint letter to EU Commissioners: Revision of Thematic Strategy on air pollution
10/10/2013 Joint letter: NGO concerns over the Transitional National Plans pursuant to the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU
14/05/2013 Health risks from climate change highlighted in joint letter to the WHO
08/05/2013 Joint NGO letter to President Barroso and Commissioners: Call to reduce our exposure to EDCs
24/04/2013 HEAL response to EURACOAL statement
18/04/2013 Joint letter to EFSA on mercury in fish
12/04/2013 To: EU Environment Ministers
Re: Informal Environment Council: your exchange on air quality and urban environment, 22 April
13/03/2013 Open letter: Civil Society alarmed by the prospect of regressive Common Agricultural Policy reform
21/02/2013 Open letter on EU research funding for 2014-2020
20/12/2012 Joint letter: Last chance to develop strong treaty to reduce mercury exposure
14/11/2012 Key issues to increase the chances of the next MFF delivering on Europe 2020 priorities
09/11/2012 Open letter to Polish Prime Minister Tusk
10/10/2012 Joint NGO letter: Support phase-out of mercury use in dentistry in the EU and globally
03/10/2012 Joint NGO letter to Commissioners on EDCs
19/09/2012 Green 10 letter: EU deliberations on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)
17/09/2012 To: Attachés of the Competitivness Council working group
Re: Benefits to public health and national budgets of stringent noise standards
31/08/2012 To: Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Commissioner John Dalli
Re: NGO comments on the RAC and SEAC opinion on the Danish phthalate dossier
27/06/2012 Green 10 letter: Green Stimulus Measures needed to Exit Crisis, warn leading environmental groups
29/05/2012 To: Members of the EP’s Environment Committee
Re: ENVI discussion on vehicle noise – comments from health, transport and environment groups
24/05/2012 Energy efficiency targets for a healthy climate, clean air and healthy housing
24/04/2012 NGOs call for EU air quality limit values to be enforced by the European Commission
14/04/2012 Joint NGO letter: Turning promises into action: achieving the 20% by 2020 energy savings target
10/04/2012 Joint NGO letter on the 7th EAP to EU environment ministers
27/02/2012 EU leaders asked to ensure a high ambition level in the revised Gothenburg Protocol on air pollution
27/02/2012 Letter: ENVI vote on draft report Leinen on 7 EAP – strengthen health and environment concerns to members of the ENVI committee
23/02/2012 Joint letter: Support for phase-outs of mercury use in dentistry in the EU and globally to EU Environment Ministers
03/02/2012 Joint NGO letter: Comments to DG ENV on the analysis underpinning the review of EU air quality policy
29/11/2011 Joint letter to MEPs on air pollution from ships
21/11/2011 HEAL letter on ENVI discussion on Energy Efficiency – Indoor air quality and health concerns
13/09/2011 To: EU Health Commissioner, John Dalli; and
President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso;
European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potocnik;
Members of the European Parliament;
WHO focal points for environment and health
Re: United Nations High-level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), 19-20 September 2011
05/09/2011 To: Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General;
Dr Margaret Chan, World Health Organization Director General
Re: Call for diseases and risk factors to be considered
29/06/2011 To: Jose Manuel D. Barroso, President of the European Commission,
Commissioners and services of the European Commission,
Members of the European Parliament,
Representatives of Member States
Re: Groups call for public research to benefit society, not big business
21/06/2011 To: EU Environment Ministers
Re: Input to Environment Council meeting 24 June
15/06/2011 To: Members of the European Parliament
Re: Plenary Vote on the “Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage”
14/06/2011 To: Ministre de l’Ecologie du Développement durable, du Transport et du Logement
Re: Contribution des médecins et ONGs en amont du Conseil européen des Ministres de l’environnement du 21 juin 2011
27/04/2011 To: IMCO Committee
Re: NGO vote recommendations in view of the vote in the IMCO-Committee on the amendments to the Commission’s proposal for a biocide regulation (COM 0267)
14/03/2011 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Exchange of views on the draft report on the “Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage”
28/02/2011 To: President Barroso
Re: The Roadmap for a low carbon economy must include the 30% GHG target and stress health benefits and healthcare savings
19/01/2011 To: MEPs
Re: MEPs called upon to protect EU transparency
12/01/2011 To: President Barroso and the EU Commissioners
Re: Your upcoming College discussion on further measures to reduce air pollution in the EU
29/12/2010 To: UNFCCC National focal points
Re: Input to international climate talks in Cancun
14/12/2010 To: Commissioner Dalli.
Re: EU Commission priority for pesticide reduction and better guidance for EU Member States implementation of National Action Plans
12/10/2010 To: Members of the Council Working Group for Environment.
Re. Joint NGO recommendations for the forthcoming considerations of Council Working Group for Environment concerning the biocide regulation (COM (2009) 267)
12/10/2010 To: Commissioner Potocnik
Re: Upcoming Commission decision on the revision of the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC)
21/09/2010 To: MEPs
Re: NGO recommendations for the EP vote on ENVI report (Biocide Regulation)
01/09/2010 To: President Barroso
Re: EU should support the stricter IMO regulation of the sulphur content in marine fuels in European ECAs
23/06/2010 To: EFSA
Re: Potential adverse health effects associated with BPA exposures
15/06/2010 To: President van Rompuy
Re: Stepping up the EU’s climate ambition could be a green way out of Europe’s economic blues
09/06/2010 To: Commissioner Potocnik
Re: NGO call for a prioritisation of air quality action (revision of the National Emission Ceilings and the Sulphur Content of Marine Fuels Directives)
20/05/2010 To: MEPs
Re: Call for restriction of BFRs and PVC in electrical and electronic equipment in the RoHS revision
14/04/2010 To: MEPs
Re: Strengthen health protection and include health co-benefits in adaptation policy
07/04/2010 To: ITRE Committee
Re: NGO vote recommendations in view of the vote in the ITRE-Committee on the amendments to the Commission’s proposal for a biocidal regulation (COM 0267)
29/03/2010 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Please ensure the recognition of the role of environmental and occupational factors in cancer and the primary prevention of cancer
08/03/2010 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Proposals to amend the European Parliament draft report on the “Commission White Paper: ‘Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action’ (2009/2152 (INI))
23/02/2010 To: ENVI Committee
Re: NGO position on the draft Klaß report concerning the biocide regulation
26/01/2010 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Report on the proposed regulation on food information to consumers
22/01/2010 To: Spanish Presidency of the EU
Re: Europe’s emissions reduction target to the UNFCCC Secretariat
22/01/2010 To: President Barroso
Re: Europe’s emissions reduction target to the UNFCCC Secretariat, 31 January 2010
20/01/2010 To: The European Commission
Re: The Commission consultation on the Green Paper on a European Citizens’ Initiative
22/12/2009 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Issue for Commission Designate Hearings - Weakening of DG Environment
23/11/2009 To: MEPs
Re: Plenary vote on the “Motion for a Resolution on the EU strategy for the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change (COP 15)”, 25 November
04/11/2009 To: ENVI
Re: ENVI Exchange of Views on Biocides Regulation
20/10/2009 To: EU Environment Ministers
Re: Input to Environment Council meeting 21 October Council conclusions on the Preparation of the EU Position for COP 15
14/10/2009 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Proposals for amendment of the “European Parliament Resolution on the EU strategy for the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change (COP 15)
06/07/2009 To: President Barroso
Re: Unacceptable move on Euro VI air pollution standards heavy goods vehicles
02/07/2009 To: UNFCCC National focal points
Re: Input to Intersessional informal consultations on climate change, 10 – 14 August
06/06/2009 To: President Barroso
Re: Improving health representation in climate change discussions and outcomes
02/04/2009 To: Minister of Health for France
Re: Response to statement about BPA
23/09/2008 To: European Commission
Re: Commission review of the availability of safer alternatives to Measuring Devices containing mercury
03/07/2008 To: Energy & Environment Ministers
Re: Turning EU Effort Sharing Proposal into EU Benefit Sharing Agreement “Climate Action and Renewable Energy Package”
05/06/2008 To: EU Environment Ministers
Re: Effort Sharing Proposal of the “Climate Action and Renewable Energy Package” 5th June 2008 Council Meeting Dear EU
31/03/2008 To: EU Environment Ministers
Re: Supporting a broad export ban and safe storage of mercury
18/12/2007 To: EU Environment & Health Ministers
Re: Council Conclusions on the Mid Term Review of the EU Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010
25/05/2007 To: Commissioners Dimas & Verheugen
Re: Ensure REACH is not vulnerable to weakening in future
22/05/2007 To: European Commission
Re: Consultation regarding the Review of RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
24/04/2007 To: EU Members States’ experts
Re: Calling for a wide mercury export ban and safe temporary storage of surplus mercury
05/04/2007 To: ITRE Committee
Re: Better protection of vulnerable groups, in particular children, is needed against the hazardous health effects of pesticides
05/04/2007 To: IMCO Committee
Re: Better protection of vulnerable groups, in particular children, is needed against the hazardous health effects of pesticides
05/04/2007 To: AGRI Committee
Re: Better protection of vulnerable groups, in particular children, is needed against the hazardous health effects of pesticides
26/03/2007 To: MEPs
RE: Ulmer Report on the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC)
16/02/2007 To: EU Environment Ministers
Re: Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (COM(2006)372)
31/01/2007 To: MEPs
Re: Calling for a robust mercury export ban and safe surplus storage regulation
12/12/2006 To: MEPs
Re: Ensure the strength of REACH in the EP plenary vote
13/11/2006 To: MEPs
Re: Support the compromise amendments, eliminate mercury from consumer mersuring devices
31/10/2006 To: Lidl Supermarket
Re: Pesticides reduction standards in all Lidl countries
11/10/2006 To: EU Environment & Health Ministers
Re: EU air quality standards
09/10/2006 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Protect children’s health with REACH
19/09/2006 To: Ministers of Agriculture, Environment & Health
Re: Call to reject EU authorisation of 6 unacceptable pesticides
21/06/2006 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Call for defending existing health standards on airpollution (Krahmer report)
19/06/2006 To: Commissioner Dimas
Re: Concerns about the current status and future challenges in implementing the EU Action Plan on Environment and Health
23/05/2006 To: Jose Barroso, President of the European Commission
Re: Midterm review of the 2001 Common Transport Policy white paper
24/04/2006 To: ECOFIN
Re: Council debate on the EU’s Sustainable Development Strategy, 5 May
16/03/2006 To: MEPs Corbey and Krahmer
EU thematic stategy on air quality and ambient air quality legislation
13/03/2006 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Better protection of vulnerable groups, in particular children, is needed against the health effects of pesticides
16/02/2006 To: Ministers of Environment, Agriculture & Consumers
Re: Rejection of authorisation of 8 unacceptable pesticides under Council Directive 91/414/EEC
07/02/2006 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Matsakis Mercury Report
02/01/2006 To: MEPs
Re: Plenary Vote, Second Reading on Report-KORHOLA on Aarhus Convention and EU Institutions, EP January session
16/11/2005 To: ENVI Committee
Re: Vote on Report-KORHOLA on Aarhus Convention and EU Institutions, next week.
22/09/2005 To: EU Commissioners
Re: Commission communication ‘Reducing the climate change impact of aviation’
14/07/2005 To: EU Health Ministers
Re: Brominated Flame Retardants: Rising Levels of Concern
12/07/2005 To: EU Commissioners
Re: Thematic Environmental Strategies
30/06/2005 To: Jose Barroso, President of the European Commission
Re: Thematic strategy on air quality
24/06/2005 To: EU Environment Ministers
Re: Council discussion on DECA-BDE exemption
06/06/2005 To: Environment & Health Ministers
Re: WHO Budapest conference - Our future and our children’s future needs you
26/05/2005 To: EU Environment Ministers
Re: Council conclusions for action towards phasing out releases and uses of mercury
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