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Parliamentary question - E-003754/2023Parliamentary question
E-003754/2023

Is the Commission doing everything it can to ban non-essential uses of PFAS?

Question for written answer  E-003754/2023
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mathilde Androuët (ID)

In October 2020, the Commission adopted a new strategy towards a toxic-free environment[1]. However, it is reportedly scaling back its ambitions[2]. By October 2021, five Member States, including France, had called for a ban on all non-essential uses of PFASs[3] – so-called forever pollutants whose widespread presence on the European market continues to grow. PFAS are linked to cancer, diabetes and obesity, and their annual cost to European public health is estimated at between EUR 52 and 84 billion[4]. According to the Forever Pollution Project, more than 17 000 sites in Europe are contaminated by PFAS, and there is a powerful lobbying operation aimed at weakening the proposal to ban them[5]. PFAS are also present in pesticides authorised by the European Union[6], which, according to current regulations, must not have harmful effects on humans or unacceptable effects on the environment.

Submitted:21.12.2023

Last updated: 10 January 2024
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