About: Precautionary Principle

Agrifood 14-09-2017

GMOs: EU court says states can’t ban them unless risks are proven

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday (13 September) that member states cannot adopt emergency measures banning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) without evidence of a serious risk to health or the environment. But the ruling was surpassed by recent EU legislation and changes nothing.

Health 09-02-2017

Commission must take action against endocrine disruptors

Reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals will benefit healthcare systems and economies as a whole, writes Christian Zahn.

Trade & Society 12-01-2017

CETA crawls back to life, negotiates German court and Parliament committee

The European Union's trade deal with Canada (CETA) has negotiated a few more obstacles after it overcame an appeal made in Germany and the European Parliament's environment committee. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Trade & Society 17-10-2016

Giegold MEP: Constitutional court CETA decision ‘balanced’ but concerns remain

Germany’s ruling parties champion the cause of proper subsidiarity when it suits them, but conveniently forget it when it comes to free trade, said Sven Giegold MEP, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany about CETA.

Trade & Society 13-09-2016

A plea for science-based standards in TTIP

The EU’s preference for the “precautionary principle” over science-based decision-making is a barrier to transatlantic trade in the meat industry. TTIP and regulatory convergence would benefit both EU and US farmers, argues Barry Carpenter.

Trade & Society 01-07-2016

CETA and TTIP threaten the EU’s precautionary principle

The precautionary principle may be scrapped in the EU's free trade agreements with Canada and the United States. According to the NGO Foodwatch, this could call into question the bloc's bans on hormone-treated beef and GMOs. EURACTIV France reports.

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.

Agrifood 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 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.

Health 18-05-2016

Commission targets cancer-causing agents in new proposal

Millions of workers are exposed to cancer-causing substances such as quartz and hardwood every day. Now the European Commission is calling for maximum limits, but Brussels risks opening a Pandora's Box with its proposed regulations. EURACTIV Germany reports.

TTIP a threat to EU chemical safety standards, German NGO says

Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) sees the transatlantic trade agreement TTIP as a threat to standards protecting against chemicals that may be harmful to humans and the environment. The chemicals industry “vehemently” objected to the NGO’s claim. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Agrifood 13-05-2015

Parliament makes ‘final offer’ on novel foods, cloning

European Parliament negotiators have tabled what they described as their “final offer” on the EU’s proposed Novel Foods regulation, warning they will not compromise any further with EU member states.