Archive: Åsa Romson, Minister for Climate and the Environment, Deputy Prime Minister

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Sweden wins court case on criteria for endocrine disrupting substances

The General Court agrees with Sweden in the court case between Sweden and the Commission on criteria for endocrine disrupters. The judgement means that the Commission has failed to act and that this is contrary to the Treaties.

− We are very pleased. The important task of identifying and phasing out endocrine disrupting substances need to get started. The Commission must now adopt a delegated act with criteria in order to comply with the judgement, said the Swedish minister for Climate and the Environment Åsa Romson.

Sweden initiated proceedings against the Commission in July 2014 for failure to adopt a delegated act with scientific criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting substances within the deadline set out in the Biocides Regulation. According to the Regulation the Commission should adopt the delegated act no later than 13 December 2013.

The Commission has the necessary supporting data to adopt the delegated act. Despite this, the Commission has ignored the deadline in the Biocides Regulation and has instead decided to carry out a public consultation and an impact analysis. The Court found that the deadline in the Biocides Regulation is binding.

The judgement of this case concerns the obligation on the Commission to adopt a delegated act in accordance with the Biocides Regulation. It will however have an impact also on other areas, such as the use of endocrine disrupting substances in plant protection products and cosmetics. People are exposed to endocrine disrupting substances via every day products like cosmetics, food packaging and clothes. Endocrine disupting substances can also be found as contaminants in food and drinking water.

Contact

Karl-Johan Bondesson
Press Secretary to Minister for Climate and the Environment Åsa Romson
Phone (switchboard) +46 (0)8-405 10 00
Susanne Classon
Deputy Director, Ministry of the Environment and Energy
Phone 08-405 10 00 (switchboard)
Jerker Forssell
Deputy Director, Ministry of the Environment and Energy
Phone 08-405 10 00 (switchboard)