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HEAL responds to vote on 7th Environment Action Programme

Press statement

Brussels, 25 April 2013 – Yesterday the European Parliament’s Environment Committee adopted their position on the 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP). MEPs will now enter negotiations with member states with a view to adopting a first reading agreement.

Anne Stauffer, HEAL Deputy Director said:

"HEAL welcomes the prominence given to improving health in Europe in this environmental action programme, including the focus on reducing asthma and allergies related to indoor air pollutants and to reducing exposure to harmful chemical substances, including endocrine disrupting chemicals. Hazardous chemicals are the top environmental health worry of Europeans, and the MEPs have rightly underlined the urgency of reducing exposure.”

Lisette van Vliet, Senior Policy Adviser adds:

“We are also particularly pleased that biomonitoring has received support. Once properly resourced, this should allow EU policy makers to take better informed decisions and to effectively track the benefits for health of environmental action in Europe over time."


Anne Stauffer, Deputy Director, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Email:, Mobile: +49 173 10 70 712, +32 473 711092

Lisette van Vliet, Senior Policy Advisor, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Email: Tel: +32 2 234 36 45. Mob: +32 484 614 528

Other resources on the 7th EU EAP

-* HEAL position paper on the 7th EU EAP

Originally posted on 25 April 2013

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