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EU Court condemns EDC criteria delay European Commission

Commission will not change its plans in relation to endocrine disrupting chemicals

16.12.2015 |

In a case taken by Sweden, supported by the European Council and Parliament, the court found that the Commission failed to fulfil its “clear, precise and unconditional obligation” under the 2012 Biocides Regulation to specify the scientific criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors by 13 December 2013.

The court criticised the Commission's decision to delay action to carry out an impact assessment.

“There is no provision of the regulation which requires such an impact analysis. What is more, even if the Commission ought to have carried out such an impact analysis, that does not in any way exonerate it, in the absence of provisions to that effect, from complying with the deadline set for the adoption of those delegated acts,” the court said on Wednesday.
But a Commission spokeswoman defended the delay, saying the issue was “highly complex”.

“The objective is to conclude the impact assessment in 2016. The decision-making concerning the criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors will follow thereafter,” she said.

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