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Parliamentary questions
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15 May 2014
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002485/2014

The Parliament and the Council have empowered the Commission in the legislation on plant protection products and biocidal products to develop scientific criteria for the identification of substances with endocrine disrupting properties.

The Commission will carry out a full assessment of the potential socioeconomic and environmental impacts of a range of different options for these criteria and for their implementation in the legislation. A roadmap defining the different options and the general approach for this impact assessment is in a final stage of agreement.

Because of this impact assessment, the establishment of the criteria is taking more time than originally planned. However, this is justified because of the particular complexity of the issue, evolving science, and the diverging views existing among scientists and among stakeholders.

In any case, endocrine disruptors in plant protection and biocidal products are regulated as both pieces of legislation already provide for the application of strict interim criteria.

OJ C 324, 18/09/2014
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