Endocrine disruptors: Belgium opposes exemptions proposed by the European Commission

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:46
Endocrine disruptors: Belgium opposes exemptions proposed by the European Commission © Belga
Belgium will not support a European Commission text on endocrine disruptors, the Federal Minister of Agriculture, Willy Borsus, stated on Tuesday at a budget debate in parliament.
The European Commission has drawn up a list of scientific criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in plant protection products and biocides.    

Present in plastics, pesticides and cosmetics, endocrine disruptors are natural and chemical substances that can alter the functions of the hormone system, with undesirable effects on people and animals. These include congenital deformities and neurodevelopmental disorders that can lead to diabetes and obesity.

The draft European text will be examined on Wednesday at a meeting of experts. It is divided into two parts. The first sets out the criteria and will be supported by Belgium, since it incorporates almost all the country’s comments.

The second part authorizes exemptions. Belgium and some other countries will oppose both the form chosen by the European Commission and the substance. The proposed mechanism “strips the text of its substance,” stressed Borsus in response to a query by parliamentarian Muriel Gerkens (Ecolo).

 Maria Novak (Source: Belga)

Google Plus

More Stories

Foreign ministry calls on Belgians in Sri Lanka to make themselves known

Foreign ministry calls on Belgians in Sri Lanka to make themselves known

The Belgian ministry for foreign affairs has sent out a message to the Belgian citizens currently in Sri Lanka to get in touch to determine whether any was involved in the wave of explosions which took place on Sunday, cause more than 150 deaths and many more injuries.

Cardinal calls on congregation “not to lose hope in the face of poverty and violence”

Cardinal calls on congregation “not to lose hope in the face of poverty and violence”

Cardinal Jozef De Kesel has called on Catholics not to give up hope in a world of poverty and violence.

Brussels pedestrian zone: night-time problems continue, residents say

Brussels pedestrian zone: night-time problems continue, residents say

Residents and shopkeepers in and around the pedestrian zone in the centre of Brussels continue to experience problems caused by drugs traders and drunks, Bruzz reports.