Parliamentary question - O-000044/2020Parliamentary question

Chemicals strategy for sustainability

Question for oral answer O-000044/2020
to the Commission
Rule 136
Maria Spyraki, Maria Arena, Frédérique Ries, Sven Giegold, Danilo Oscar Lancini, Pietro Fiocchi, Anja Hazekamp
on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Procedure : 2020/2531(RSP)
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O-000044/2020 (B9-0013/2020)
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On 11 December 2019, the Commission adopted its communication on the European Green Deal (COM(2019)640). The communication announces that, in order to ensure a toxic-free environment, the Commission will present a chemicals strategy for sustainability by summer 2020. The communication states that the strategy will help to protect citizens and the environment better against hazardous chemicals and encourage innovation for the development of safe and sustainable alternatives. Furthermore, the Commission explains that it will review how to use better the EU’s agencies and scientific bodies to move towards a process of ‘one substance – one assessment’ and to provide greater transparency when prioritising action to deal with chemicals. According to the Commission, the regulatory framework will also need to rapidly reflect scientific evidence on the risk posed by endocrine disruptors, hazardous chemicals in products, including imports, combination effects of different chemicals and very persistent chemicals.

While a range of challenges, gaps and weaknesses were identified in EU legislation:

Submitted: 30/06/2020

Lapses: 01/10/2020

Last updated: 1 July 2020
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