About: Precautionary Principle

CETA 23-03-2018

Free trade agreements struggle to convince on social, environmental standards

There are real concerns about the lowering of social and environmental standards in free trade agreements, and NGOs and economists point out the lack of binding control mechanisms in trade deals. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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.
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 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.

German states call for ban on household pesticide

Germany’s state consumer protection ministers are calling for an EU-wide ban on the leading global pesticide Glyphosate, after it was categorised as carcinogenic by the WHO. However, the federal government sees no need for action. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Are bees getting hooked on pesticides?

Like nicotine for humans, certain pesticides seem to hold an addictive attraction for bees, which seek out tainted food even if it may be bad for them, research showed Wednesday (22 April).
Agrifood 26-11-2014

Commission sent back to drawing board on novel foods law

The European Parliament's environment committee voted on Monday (24 November) to revise EU rules on novel foods, backing a precautionary approach to new techniques like nanoparticles.

Global warming likely to breach 2C threshold, climate scientists conclude

Global warming is likely to surpass the previously recognised danger threshold of a 2C average increase in temperature, according to the world-leading climate scientists meeting in Sweden this week.

How volcanoes and airplanes offer lessons for risk taking

SPECIAL REPORT / When Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in 2010, EU aviation authorities saw little choice but to shut down airspace across much of Europe as a precaution against ash and grit choking aircraft engines.  
Agrifood 21-03-2013

EFSA paves way for regulating endocrine disruptors in food

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has endorsed the World Health Organization's (WHO) definition of endocrine disruptors, paving the way for the European Commission to regulate those chemicals in food. The pesticide industry reacted angrily, saying the scientific process has been "rushed to meet political deadlines".

Plan Bee: Brussels pitches two-year pesticide ban

The EU has launched a rescue plan for Europe’s dwindling honeybee colonies: a 24-month ban on three widely-used neonicitinoid pesticides that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says pose “high acute risks” to pollinators. 

Europe ‘has failed to learn from environmental disasters’

Europe has failed to learn the lessons from many environmental and health disasters like Chernobyl, leaded petrol and DDT insecticides, and is now ignoring warnings about bee deaths, GM food and nanotechnology, according to an 800-page report by the European Environment Agency.

Commission promotes open discussion on research ethics

In a meeting of research ethics committees from across Europe, EU politicians emphasised the importance of scientific freedom and called for tolerant dialogue on ethics in research.
Health 12-05-2004

Medical devices reform may introduce precautionary principle

The review of the EU's medical devices directives could see the introduction of the 'precautionary principle' and stricter rules on the re-use of medical devices which are intended for a single use only.

Commission defends new chemicals policy

At a conference on the business impact of the new chemical policy, Commissioners Wallström and Liikanen rejected industry's claims that it would harm business.

Germany and the UK challenge the EU Chemicals Policy review

Position papers from the German and UK governments have seriously attacked the proposed review of the EU chemicals policy. The proposal is said to be too far reaching and too costly for industry.
Climate change 11-01-2002

Lessons drawn from using the precautionary principle

On 10 January 2002, the EEA presented a new report on how the precautionary principle has been used in policy making during the past century.

Industry relieved after Parliament’s vote on chemicals policy

The European Parliament adopted on 15 November the Schörling report on the Commission's White Paper on future EU chemicals policy. The chemicals industry succeeded to convince the MEPs not to follow some of the toughest demands put forward by the Environment Committee on 16 October.