Endocrine disruptors: harmonised legislation will protect European citizens more effectively

Endocrine disruptors are substances of particular concern, and so coherent and harmonised EU legislation must tackle the ways in which they are used. The EESC calls for a consistent and holistic strategy that is based on scientific knowledge and includes an action plan with clear targets and deadlines.

The EESC considers it essential to carry out a complete fitness check on current legislation, including its social and economic impact, in order to establish the real state of play.

"Current legislation is fragmented and sometimes incoherent due to a lack of coordination. We need to create a legislative framework enabling us to deal with the use of EDs in a coherent, consistent and scientific way. The use of EDs must be based on the precautionary principle and thus in line with effective provisions that have already been adopted on biocides and pesticides," said Brian Curtis, rapporteur for the EESC opinion Towards a comprehensive EU framework on endocrine disruptors adopted in March. Furthermore, a long-term strategy should be reinforced with a realistic action plan in order to set targets and deadlines.

The Committee proposes establishing a financial mechanism to support both enterprises and workers during the transition period.

Civil society could play a crucial role in developing or supporting national awareness campaigns, by passing on information about EU measures to protect Europeans' health along with education and training incentives. (sma)