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

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Åsa Romson demands action against endocrine disruptors

Note: This press release was published on 4 March 2016.

The European Commission must establish scientific criteria to determine what constitutes an endocrine disruptor. It is expected that this demand will be made jointly by EU environment ministers today. Establishing scientifically based criteria is crucial to being able to regulate the use of endocrine disruptors, which are currently used in a considerable number of products.

 

But to date, the Commission has neglected to produce scientific grounds of this kind. Sweden therefore brought an action against the European Commission in 2014, and in December 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in Sweden's favour. But the European Commission has yet to confirm that it will comply with the judgment. The issue will now be taken up by today's Council meeting of environment ministers.

"Endocrine disruptors may be found in baby food jars, canned foods, skin creams and cash register receipts, and may pose serious health risks. This is a grave situation that the EU must take very seriously," says Minister for Climate and the Environment Åsa Romson.

"When even the Court of Justice of the European Union finds in our favour, it is unacceptable that Commission does not provide scientific criteria to enable the preparation of strong protection," says Ms Romson.

The outcome of the international climate negotiations and the new climate agreement will also be discussed at today's Council meeting. The Commission is currently analysing the agreement, and the environment ministers will have a first discussion on what impact the agreement will have on the EU's climate and energy policy. Sweden welcomes the outcome of the COP21 climate change conference that was held in Paris in December. It is important that Sweden become party to the agreement as soon as possible, and that the Member States fully implement all of its aspects.

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