Miguel Arias Cañete, on the left, and Vytenis Andriukaitis preparing for European Parliament plenary session on February 2, 2016 / ec.europa.eu

The Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will announce in Strasbourg that the long-awaited criteria to define endocrine disruptors will be unveiled before the summer.

The European Commission is about to put an end to a long argument with the European Parliament by unveiling the identification of dangerous chemicals known as endocrine disruptors chemicals (EDCs).

Two sources close to the matter confirmed to Euranet Plus that the Health and Food Safety Commissioner Andriukaitis will announce that the definition criteria will be presented “before the summer.”

The announcement should take place during Andriukaitis’ speech at the European Parliament during the plenary sitting in Strasbourg.

“But they will pursue the impact assessment,” explained one source. The European Commission plans to fast-track the impact assessment decided in July 2013 and which should last until 2017. But so far, no-one could clear what “fast-tracking” this impact assessment actually means.

Vytenis Andriukaitis at conference 'Endocrine disruptors: criteria for identification and related impacts' in June 2015 / ec.europa.eu

Conference in June 2015 organised by DG “Health and Food Safety”

Failure to act

The move is seen as a mandatory response to the European Court of Justice ruling which, on December 16, stated that the EU executive breached European law when it failed to put in place criteria for identifying hormone disrupting chemicals.

“By failing to adopt measures concerning the specification of scientific criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties, the Commission has breached EU law,” said the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The ECJ added that action for failure to act is “comparatively rare”.

The General Court found that the Commission had a clear obligation to adopt delegated acts with regards to “the specification of the scientific criteria for the determination of the endocrine disrupting properties” and that this should have been done by December 13, 2013.

Vytenis Andriukaitis at conference 'Endocrine disruptors: criteria for identification and related impacts' in June 2015 / ec.europa.eu

Andriukaitis will present the definition criteria “before the summer”

Europeans are exposed to EDCs from use of everyday products like food packages, cosmetics, plant protection products and clothes.

The substances could contribute to diseases such as reproductive disorders, testicular and breast cancer, early onset of puberty, deformities of the sexual organs, diabetes and obesity.

    • Author: Jean-Michel Bos, Euranet Plus News Agency
    • Further image credits: (top) Miguel Arias Cañete, on the left, and Vytenis Andriukaitis preparing for European Parliament plenary session on February 2, 2016 / ec.europa.eu | (middle 2&3) Vytenis Andriukaitis at conference ‘Endocrine disruptors: criteria for identification and related impacts’ in June 2015 / ec.europa.eu

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