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25/08/2016

Chemicals ‘fitness check’ should improve EU legislation, not water it down

Topic: Risk assessment


What does an innovation agenda mean for consumers?

Innovation and consumer protection are not opposites. Indeed there is huge potential to use innovation to deliver safer products that benefit consumers, writes Monique Goyens.

Commission’s endocrine disruptor plan is illegal, inadequate and woefully late

European Commission draft rules to identify and ultimately ban endocrine disrupters are illegal because they clash with existing pesticide and biocide regulations, Alice Bernard writes. The environmental lawyer warned that EU judges could throw out the changes to the long-awaited scientific criteria for the chemicals.

EU criteria on endocrine disruptors insufficient, warns chemical industry

The European Commission's draft criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in pesticides and biocides are "not sufficient" to protect people and the environment, the European chemical industry has warned.
Agriculture & Food 01-08-2016

EU plant breeding ‘saved’ millions of hectares of extra farmland: report

The Pan-European Farmers’ Association (Copa-Cogeca) said on Thursday (28 July) that innovation in plant breeding should be further encouraged in order to help the EU combat hunger and malnutrition worldwide.
Agriculture & Food 12-07-2016

EU agrees ban on glyphosate co-formulant

Member states yesterday (11 July) backed a proposal by the European Commission to put limits on the use of the weed-killer glyphosate in the 28-nation bloc, including a ban on one co-formulant called POE-tallowamine, EurActiv.com has learned.

The EU’s confused evidence processes for identifying endocrine disruptors

A group of scientists has written to the European Commission to voice concerns about burden of proof and confused evidence requirements to identify and classify endocrine disruptors under the PPP and Biocides Regulations.
Health & Consumers 05-07-2016

Solarium sunbed safety under Commission scrutiny

The use of solarium sunbeds in the EU has raised scientific concerns in Brussels, which is in the process of identifying its potential health risks.

EU muddling on glyphosate fuelled Brexit populism

Calls for the European Union to dramatically change its decision making and get closer to citizen’s daily concerns have piled up in the wake of Britain’s shock decision to leave the EU.
Agriculture & Food 29-06-2016

Commission prolongs glyphosate licence by 18 months

The European Commission has decided to extend the licence for glyphosate by 18 months, after member states failed to achieve a qualified majority in favour or against the executive’s proposal.
Agriculture & Food 24-06-2016

Commission expected to decide on glyphosate’s immediate future

The European Commission will most likely be tasked with ending glyphosate temporary deadlock, as member states’ ambiguous stance has blocked a decision on the issue.
Health & Consumers 15-06-2016

Pesticide industry critical of endocrine disruptors criteria

The pesticide industry is “extremely disappointed” with the European Commission’s proposal to identify endocrine disruptors that was presented on Wednesday (15 June).

Air pollution now major contributor to stroke, global study finds

Air pollution has become a major contributor to stroke for the first time, with unclean air now blamed for nearly one third of the years of healthy life lost to the condition worldwide.

SMEs warn of ‘REACH leakage’ ahead of EU chemical review

A review of Europe’s REACH chemicals safety law, due in 2017, will look into the “cumulative costs” of the legislation on industry and small businesses in particular, according to a senior official at the European Commission.
Agriculture & Food 06-06-2016

Member states 'hiding' behind Brussels on glyphosate

A vote on whether to extend EU-wide authorisation for the controversial weedkiller Glyphosate has exposed reluctance among member states to take a clear position on a defining issue for European agriculture.
Health & Consumers 30-05-2016

Glyphosate authorisation back on the table next week

Member states are to have another go at coming to an agreement on the use of the pesticide glyphosate next week. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU glyphosate tantrum could leave people exposed to cancer risk

It is time for the European Commission to stop mucking about and act responsibly on glyphosate. If it grants a temporary extension it must include restrictions that minimise human exposure, writes Franziska Achterberg.
Agriculture & Food 19-05-2016

EU delays re-approval for weedkiller glyphosate

The EU on Wednesday (18 May) failed to agree on the re-approval of weedkiller glyphosate in Europe amid fresh fears the product could cause cancer.
Transport 04-05-2016

Green transport target will be scrapped post-2020, EU confirms

EU laws requiring member states to use “at least 10%” renewable energy in transport will be scrapped after 2020, the European Commission confirmed, hoping to set aside a protracted controversy surrounding the environmental damage caused by biofuels.
Agriculture & Food 02-05-2016

Belgium and France are EU's bee mortality hotspots

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published figures on the loss of bees in the EU. Belgium tops the list for winter mortality, and France for the beekeeping season. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

REACH ‘monster’ will devour EU innovation, chemical industry warns

Chemical industry lobbyists have stepped up their criticism of Europe’s REACH chemical safety regulation, branding the law “a monster” that “will devour” the industry’s ability to innovate.

EFSA wants to review the chemical BPA, again

A new report on the chemical compound Bisphenol A (BPA) has forced the EFSA, the EU's food safety watchdog, to review the effects of the chemical on human health once more.
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Fresh EU-US trade spat brewing over new plant breeding techniques

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / After Europe's decision to keep its door shut to GMOs, the European Commission is trying its best to avoid opening a new trade row with the United States over how to regulate so-called 'new plant breeding techniques' (NPBTs).

Parliament agrees to re-authorise glyphosate, demands restrictions

The European Parliament this week (13 April) approved a seven-year extension to the authorisation of the chemical glyphosate, a suspected carcinogen present in many domestic and agricultural pesticides, notably Monsanto's Roundup. EurActiv France reports.

Chemicals ‘fitness check’ should improve EU legislation, not water it down

The scope of the European Commission’s Fitness Check on chemicals is limited to a comparison of the “hazard versus risk” approaches in chemicals legislation. This is misguided, writes Dolores Romano, who argues a hazard-based approach can help protect people and the environment while supporting innovation.